There is an interesting idea presented in a post over at the New York Times blog system, talking about the fact that Amazon has posted five new job openings, looking for Android devs. The most notable thing is that the job listings are inside “Lab 126”, which is the division of Amazon is that is responsible for making the Kindle itself.
This begs the question of course, is Amazon gearing up to compete with the Nook Color, and present the market place with another quality low cost tablet? Or are they simply beefing up their staff to bring some changes to it’s Kindle app on the Android platform?
I very much think that they could indeed be working on a “Color Kindle” if you will, especially if you think about the fact that Amazon is gearing up to launch their own App Store, and as they attract app exclusives like “Angry Birds Rio“, it could be a way to release a tablet that works around the fact that it cannot officially have the Google powered Android Market installed. Think about the amount of apps Amazon is going to attract, and the fact that they have a lot of “buying power” to attract big name titles. To me it seems like a no-brainer.
I think Amazon has to at least be batting this idea around. Five devs seems like an awful lot for just maintaining the Kindle Android app. Let us know what you think in the comments.