Rumors of an Amazon tablet have been brewing for months. In August, Amazon went on an engineer hiring spree, and The New York Times reported that new hardware could be underway. In September, TechCrunch reported that Amazon would launch a tablet alongside its own app store. And this month, the Times spotted more job listings, suggesting that Amazon is rounding up Android developers for an Android-based Kindle.
This led PCWorld's own Jeff Bertolucci to conclude that Amazon should definitely launch its own tablet. "Amazon tablet users would have a wealth of content available from their hardware provider, a business model akin to the Apple ecosystem. (But unlike Apple iPad users, Amazon tablet customers could easily buy content elsewhere too.)," he wrote.
The buzz in the air reminds me of the Apple tablet rumors that started to pick up steam in the middle of 2009. With little in the way of specifics, don't expect Amazon to launch an Android tablet in the near future. Do expect rumors and speculation to ratchet up as pundits wonder when Amazon will jump into the red-hot tablet market.