New Kindle offers color and touch screen

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Although no official announcement has been made about the successor to Amazon’s Kindle 3, there have been a lot of rumors and speculations about the future replacements. However, TechCrunch managed to get insider info about the new Kindle and was able to give out information about it.

Instead of being called Kindle 4 (or any other number for that matter), it will only be referred to as Amazon Kindle. The Amazon Kindle will sport a capacitive touchscreen capable of registering two touches simultaneously. It will also sport a color screen although no e-ink display will be made available on it.

The device will be powered on the Google Android platform but all of the standard applications will not be made available as Amazon had customized the skin and even removed the marketplace. In fact, Amazon will make use of its Appstore instead.

Amazon Kindle will be a direct competitor to all the tablets in the market, particularly Barnes & Noble’s Nook Color. It is expected to be launched by the end of 2011.


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