updated 10:05 am EDT, Mon May 16, 2011
Amazon Lab126 may get big office lease for tablets
Dana Stalder of venture capital firm Matrix Partners posted this weekend that there was talk of Amazon suddenly leasing much more office space for its Lab126 team. The capacity would give the hardware team behind the Kindle much more space in Cupertino, California, and would be virtually "across [the] street" from Apple. The timing and exact nature weren't mentioned.
Amazon hadn't commented on the claims.
The talk nonetheless supports Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' own hints of tablet plans and rumors of a whole suite of tablets that could be ready in the second half of the year. Existing plans would come too soon for any new offices to help but would reflect a much deeper commitment to hardware. Until now, Amazon has had only limited hardware but could use extra office space to get more competitive with companies like Apple in tablets and other devices.
Current rumors of an Amazon tablet designed by Samsung would support the rumor as it would show the company didn't have the design staff to work on the product itself. If so, second-generation Amazon tablets would be more directly shaped by Lab126 rather than outsourced. [via SAI]