NEW YORK (
) -- As
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gets ready to hold its big announcement next week, we finally got a major clue on Thursday about the company's news, rumored to be a new Kindle Fire 2.
Amazon announced its existing Kindle Fire tablet is sold out. "We're grateful to the millions of customers who have made Kindle Fire the most successful product launch in the history of Amazon," said CEO Jeff Bezos in the press release. He noted, however, that "we have an exciting roadmap ahead--we will continue to offer our customers the best hardware, the best prices, the best customer service, the best cross-platform interoperability, and the best content ecosystem."
Roadmap ahead. That's a pretty telling phrase, especially right before the
major press event
that Amazon is holding next week in Santa Monica, Calif. All signs point to a refresh of the Kindle Fire, which Amazon noted has clinched 22% of the U.S. tablet market since it went on sale nine months ago.
The original Kindle Fire was released to much fanfare, costing just $199, compared to the
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iPad, which was priced from $499 at the time. Amazon is trying to maintain its U.S. market share as
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and other companies enter into the lower-end tablet market.
If Amazon wishes to maintain or grow that 22% market share in the U.S., it will have to improve and innovate on the original Kindle Fire, and get consumers excited about it.
What better way to get people excited for the sequel than to say the original is sold out.
Amazon could not be reached for comment for this story.
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Written by Chris Ciaccia in New York