Amazon.com Inc. extended the ship date for a new purchase of the Kindle Fire due to high demand.
The Kindle Fire product page disclaims a ship date of two to three business days, instead of a typical 24-hour ship date due to strong pre-order demand.
In addition, the Kindle Fire device ranked as the top-selling Electronics product this week at the retailer post launch.
A research firm in Nov. said Amazon.com Inc.’s Kindle Fire tablet costs about $201 in a breakdown of component and manufacturing cost.
IHS Inc. said the Kindle Fire material cost will total $185.60. Adding manufacturing brings total production cost to $201.70.
The firm previously estimated the total cost of the Kindle Fire at $209.63.
The most expensive components in the device are the 7-inch IPS touchscreen at $87.00 and the main PCB board at $64.45.
Electronics firms have begun shipment of panel displays for the next model of Apple Inc.’s iPad according to a new report.
The Digitimes this week said Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., LG Corp. and Sharp Corp. have shipped a total of one million high-resolution flat panels for the next iPad in Oct.
In addition, suppliers will increase production to two million units in Nov.
The report concludes Foxconn Technology Group is expected to begin assembly of the next iPad in Jan. 2012.
Most American children want Apple Inc.’s iPad tablet for Christmas according to a new survey by The Nielsen Company.
The firm this week said 44 percent of U.S. children ages 6 to 12 were interested in buying the iPad, while 30 percent wanted to purchase the iPod Touch.
The iPhone rounded out the top three most wanted products at 27 percent.
Apple Inc. this week launched the iTunes Match service to offer cloud-based backup of songs for a subscription fee.
iTunes Match, which launched in conjunction with the release of iTunes 10.5.1., offers iCloud access to a user’s library of music to another device at $24.99 per year.
iTunes Match will scan the user’s library of music and match available titles with the iTunes catalog to offer iCloud access. Cloud-based music will play back at 256-Kbps AAC DRM-free quality.
Retailers Amazon.com Inc. and Best Buy Co. Inc. this week price cut Apple Inc.’s Apple TV by 10 percent in a signal the company may sell a new version of the product soon.
This week the Apple TV 2010 model holds a discount price of $89.99, down from the $99.99 MSRP.
The hardware allows users to stream content from Apple or via third-party applications like Netflix, YouTube, MLB TV and NBA TV.
Google Inc. this week republished the Gmail App for Apple Inc.’s iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch after removing it from the App Store due to a software error.
The company this week said the Gmail for iOS app contained a bug that broke notifications and caused an error message.
The Gmail app had previously been exclusive to Android-based smartphones.
Google Inc.’s Android OS held a marketshare of more than 50 percent due to strong retail sales of devices that utilize the platform, according to Gartner Inc.
The firm this week said Android accounted for 52.5 percent of sales sold in the third quarter.
By comparison, Apple Inc. held a 42 percent share in the same period.
Overall, the global smartphone market increased to 5.6 percent to 440.5 million units.
Google Inc. this week launched a new music store that will sell digital music via the Android Market.
The company which has secured content from Universal Music, Sony Music, and EMI. Negotiations with Warner Music are said to be pending.
The music store offers cloud storage to allow users to access music from home and Android-based mobile devices.
AT&T Inc. this week said it will deploy Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G LTE Tablet to U.S. retail in-store and online Nov. 20.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 includes an 1.5Ghz Dual-Core CPU, 8.9-inch display, 16GB Memory, and 1GB RAM at $479.99 with two-year agreement.
For a limited time, customers who purchase the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 can receive a Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket or Samsung Galaxy S II at no cost.
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