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Amazon Kindle Fire shipments may hit 5m for 2011

updated 11:05 am EST, Fri December 2, 2011

Quanta Kindle Fire shipments may be 4m

Amazon's Kindle Fire shipments may already have hit five million if rumors are accurate. Quanta, known to be the contractor for the Android tablet, was said by Digitimes sources to have already moved three million to four million so far with another million either by the end of December or early January. Touchscreen panel builder Wintek has had to up its own production to between three million and 3.5 million, although it's likely not exclusive.

Quanta wouldn't confirm the details.

The figures don't represent actual sales and could be more anticipatory. Amazon has said it had to ship "millions more" Kindle Fires than first planned, but a visit to the product page shows that it's still in stock, showing none of the shortages common to runaway sales.

Demand is still strong enough that the Kindle Fire at least briefly topped the 16GB iPad 2 for sales at Best Buy. Amazon may unintentionally become the largest Android tablet designer by a wide margin, and second overall to Apple. The edge would come mostly through the low $199 price and could be a significant problem for Google, as devices using stock Android while trying to match the iPad in features continue to flounder.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. SockRolid

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    Stock Android is officially crushed

    Re: "Amazon may unintentionally become the largest Android tablet designer by a wide margin..."

    And very easily. It's all about the infrastructure. Amazon has physical and digital goods, they have an enormous amount of customer-facing e-commerce experience, and they have vast mindshare (at least in the US.) This enables them to sell Kindle Fire at a loss, since they will more than make up the difference over time. Let's see Samsung, RIM, and HP try that. :-)

    Re: "...and could be a significant problem for Google, as devices using stock Android while trying to match the iPad in features continue to flounder."

    I wonder when Amazon's custom, proprietary, closed fork of Android 2.3 will become the most widely distributed fragment of Android in the pad space. Probably happened weeks ago. But whatever. Amazon has cut the heart out of Android and replaced it with their own "profit layer." Google gets nothing. No revenue, no purchase history, no product affinity, no advertising, no joy.

  1. facebook_Gerhard

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    Fast food

    And just like MacDonalds customers will be all over big Mac's this season, taking share away from traditional food sources. How good is that. What about a give away, buy a Happy Meal and get a Kindle free. Would be a good combo.

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