Amazon.com plans to release a tablet computer that will intensify its rivalry with Apple, reports The Wall Street Journal. (The Wall Street Journal is behind a pay wall and not all readers may be able to view the full story.)
The new device, a competitor to Apple’s iPad, is expected to debut by October, and will run on Google’s Android platform, the story says. It will have a 9-inch screen, although it won’t have a camera like the iPad.
Amazon and Apple are already competing in mobile apps, digital music and digital books.
Amazon is considering how to market the new device and whether customers would want to buy both the tablet and the Kindle, which is designed mostly for reading books. The company plans to also release two updated versions of the Kindle later this year, the story says.
One of the new Kindles will have a touch screen, which its current models don’t offer.