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Six New Amazon Kindles On The Way?

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Yes, you read that right! According to Demos Parneros, president of U.S. Retail for Staples Inc, there could be five or six tablet SKUs (stock-keeping units) showing up in Staples' inventory. 

Rumors have been going around for some time now regarding Amazon and their attempt to compete with Apple's iPad by releasing a 10" version of their highly popular Kindle Fire. That 10" version is thought to be among those five or six SKUs that Mr. Parneros mentioned but beyond that, the rumor mill gets much more exciting! Last year in September, Amazon launched their 7" Kindle Fire which means they have a pretty strong idea today how customers use their devices and what their spending habits are. You can see my initial review of the tablet here where I told viewers that the Kindle is essentially a kiosk for Amazon product which makes it easier for Amazon to push it's goods and services to consumers. With physical media sales (CDs and DVDs) on the decline, Amazon needed a tool to compete with other online media sources like iTunes and Netflix and having a tablet device that is connected into their ecosystem is just the way to do that but is it just tablets that Amazon had in mind?

More rumor here, but this one is likely on the mark! Is Amazon working on a smartphone to further aid you in buying into their goods and services? All signs point to, "yes." In the year since the Fire's launch, Amazon's research and development department, Lab126, has grown from 500 to just under 900 employees according to postings on LinkedIn. Recent job postings for Lab126 suggest that the retail giant is working on mobile devices which will run on wireless networks according to Reuters. So, we have to wonder if 2012 is the year that we will see an iPhone 5 and Amazon smartphones? Those two rumors, I look forward to seeing fulfilled... that whole Mayan thing on the other hand...

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