Amazon to fight iPhone via phone-enabled Kindle? Why the mike in the K3?
August 1, 2010 | 7:14 pm
Did Amazon tuck away a microphone in the Kindle 3 with the idea of adding a phone option later, not just for possible fun with a voice navigation option? That’s my guess, after having read Andrys Basten’s mention of the “’not currently enabled microphone provided for future use.’”
A phone option for the Kindle would be Jeff Bezos’s way to weaken the iPhone’s multi advantage. Yes, maybe just one gizmo to tote after all—the K machine rather than an iPhone. Perhaps you would pay extra for a wireless connection that worked with the phone. Presto! New rev stream for Jeff and his friends at AT&T, and I suspect they could adjust the biz model to allow for losses in other rev for the wireless carrier. Will the wonders never cease? I really hope someone can pin this one down ASAP. I might upgrade my pre-ordered K3 to include the 3G option, not just WiFi, if my reckless speculation about the phone is on target.
I can also envision shared or unshared voice annotation of e-books. In the case of the unshared variety, Amazon could still store the files remotely. And speaking of sharing, I notice that the Amazon software update for the iPad, iPod and iPhone includes some shared highlighting—you can see how many users highlighted the most popular passages, at least in the case of bestsellers like Losing Mum and Pup, just as you can with Kindle hardware.
Simply put, while I disagree with Jeff Bezos on e-book standards and financial disclosure, I know he and his people are no dummies. Now, Jeff, prove it further and add ePub capabilities to the Kindle.