Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Rumors say Amazon Kindle 2.0 Will Show up First Quarter 09

Pictures of the next generation of the Amazon Kindle surfaced this fall. At first the rumors were that the device would be available for the holiday shopping season, but then Amazon began to vigorously deny those rumors.

This was followed by a bit of speculation on exactly what was going on. It's now starting to clear and point to the first quarter of 2009 for the release of Kindle 2.0 The new device is supposed to be thinner with a redesign of the buttons to eliminate some of the "accidental button pushes" that have caused problems for some users of the first version of the device.

Interestingly I came across a story on Techcrunch that stated Jeff Beezos himself decided to hold the Kindle 2.0 release held back so that the software could be improved. This impresses me as the usual MO is to put things to market to generate sales whether the device is ready for prime time or not. I'm anxious to see what this new generation of Kindle brings. I've been very happy with mine so I'm not sure whether I'll upgrade or not. Of course I always love having the newest gadgets...

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