TechCrunch confirms that they have received some actual hands-on with the much rumored Amazon tablet. Apparently it will feature a 7-inch backlit color display and include all the Amazon services we have come to love such as their Appstore, Kindle Bookstore, and Amazon Prime Instant Video.
The tablet will have “no physical buttons on the surface of the device.” No camera according to Techcrunch and although this is a tablet with Android software, “no Google app is anywhere to be found…any visual changes will be all Amazon…They are not working with Google on this. At all.” So it appears that we may not being seeing any Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) or 2.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) for this Amazon tablet. The OS user interface on this tablet seems so Amazon controlled that TechCrunch draws a picture that seems that any Android software update would be invisible to users.
The cost of $250 is being tossed around as a possible price-tag for this yet to be announced tablet. If this is price is indeed a likely tale, then it looks like Amazon has smarted up where other companies have still failed to realize that the way into the hands and homes of numerous customers starts in their wallets.