Kindle Fire 2 launch looms as Amazon announce Kindle Fire 1 sell-out

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amazon-kindle-fire-tablet.jpgThe launch of the Kindle Fire 2 looms ever closer, with Amazon today stating that the first Kindle Fire tablet has sold out. With no stated plans to restock it, the rumours that its slate successor is to be revealed next week have gone into overdrive.

“We’re grateful to the millions of customers who have made Kindle Fire the most successful product launch in the history of Amazon,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO

“This has been a big year for digital products on Amazon – all of the top 10 sellers on Amazon.com since Kindle Fire launched just less than a year ago are digital products.”

Confirming that the Kindle Fire has sold out, Bezos also teased “an exciting roadmap ahead”, promising to deliver “the best hardware, the best prices, the best customer service, the best cross-platform interoperability, and the best content ecosystem.”

Will we get the Kindle Fire 2 here in the UK though? We’re still waiting for the first generation of the tablet to land here, but with today’s other announcement that the Amazon App Store is now open for business in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, things are looking brighter than ever before.

Amazon already has 22% of tablet sales in the US, trailing only Apple’s iPad. Though stiff competition is now offered by the Google Nexus 7 tablet, the familiarity with and confidence in the Kindle branding could lead to similar successes in the UK.

Amazon are expected to reveal the Kindle Fire 2 on 6 September at a Californian launch event. We’ll be sure to post any news from the event should the rumours prove true.

Gerald Lynch

4 comments

  • Not only did the rest of the world get skipped by the Kindle Fire (which was a decent enough device, especially for the price), but when I tried to sell the one I bought in the US on eBay, Amazon sent in the lawyers and prevented me from selling it. Odd way to treat your customers if you ask me – I’m now much happier with my Nexus 7 and won’t be buying another Amazon tablet…

    • Wow, that’s incredibly harsh SteveC. What did the lawyers say? On what grounds did they approach you?

  • Not only did the rest of the world get skipped by the Kindle Fire (which was a decent enough device, especially for the price), but when I tried to sell the one I bought in the US on eBay, Amazon sent in the lawyers and prevented me from selling it. Odd way to treat your customers if you ask me – I'm now much happier with my Nexus 7 and won't be buying another Amazon tablet…

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