Amazon teams up with Nokia, drops Google Maps
Amazon's new Kindle will have mapping services brought by Nokia, which will fill the gap in the Kindle's capabilities while dropping on Google Maps.
Amazon will release at least one new Kindle on the 6th of September, and it is rumored that it will add location services, which also require a GPS chip or a WiFi triangulation.
Mapping services are popular on tablets, as they include information about local services, street maps, traffic status, navigation and support third party apps that are depending on location information, such as transportation.
Location capabilities are marking the location of smartphone and tablet owners.
Google's Nexus 7 tablet is competing directly to the Kindle Fire, and comes with GPS chips to support the mapping and location features.
The 2011 Kindle Fire costs half the price of the iPad, helping it to gain customers very quickly and yesterday the Kindle Fire was completely sold.
Amazon may release a larger Kindle on Thursday next week, which will compete with the iPad more directly.
Although the Kindle Fire is running on Android, which Amazon has developed into its own OS, it does not include Google Maps into the device, so users accessed Google Maps on a browser or had to download the application from third party developers.
Teaming up with Nokia could help Amazon to develop mapping functions without Google, as Nokia is one of the largest mapping companies in the world.
Both Nokia and Amazon declined to comment.