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Amazon Kindle to get a proper web browser?

updated 10:20 am EST, Tue March 9, 2010

Lab126 hiring to advance Kindle web experience

Amazon plans a larger role for the web browser on the Kindle, the company has let slip through a job listing for its e-reader division, Lab126. A position for a Software Development Engineer has been specifically tasked with improving on the Kindle's basic, "experimental" browser with new features. While no hints exist of new features, the engineer would be part of a dedicated web browser team, suggesting Amazon is now taking the software more seriously.

The recruitment is the latest in a series of signs that Amazon plans to dramatically expand the feature set of the Kindle, which while cheaper than devices like the iPad compares poorly in terms of its display and usefulness besides books. In addition to launching a rudimentary app platform in beta last month, it has also been looking to add LCDs and Wi-Fi. It's also widely accepted that the company has bought multi-touch technology through a low-key acquisition of Touchco.

Amazon hasn't commented on the significance of the posting and doesn't normally talk about its jobs outside of the listings themselves. [via Wired]



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  1. thebiggfrogg

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jul 2007

    +3

    But...

    does e-ink really make for a good Internet browsing experience? Is Amazon going to try to take on the iPad by going full color and adding more functionality to the Kindle? If so, BIG mistake. The more competition the better, but I think there is no way Amazon could be successful going toe-to-toe with Apple's combined hardware/software expertise and iPod/iTunes/3rd party peripheral ecosystem.

  1. rvhernandez

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Apr 2005

    +1

    But will it have Flash?

    "Then it would be an iPad killer!"

    Yeah right, good luck with that Amazon...
    You'd be better off by playing ball and making sure you get an updated app for the iPad ready.

  1. iphonerulez

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Nov 2008

    +3

    Amazon is merely trying to give

    added value to the Kindle. I could live with a browser on a Kindle with eInk just to do some quick research or pop off an on-line email. I wouldn't need the full web experience nor would I expect it. I'm willing to make compromises if the cost of the Kindle is relatively low. I'm not looking to play youtube videos, either. Being able to access the web on some level would be acceptable. I think it's because I grew up in a world (the 50's and 60's) that didn't have nearly the level of tech it has now. I'm grateful for the conveniences of the internet and small portable devices. Even to a tech-heavy person like myself, I can still appreciate a Kindle or an iPad or even an iPod as modern miracles.

  1. bleee

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Mar 2002

    -1

    I wonder if they'll make a version of flash for it

    :-P

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