There appears to be significant consumer interest in the new tablet from Amazon, the Kindle Fire, given an increased order for the devices that was reported recently. However, perhaps just as important, there is also a significant interest among app developers as well. A new developer survey shows that the Kindle Fire is the most popular Android device among developers in North America.
Appcelerator, the company that ran the survey, found that 49 percent of the developers polled responded that they were very interested in developing for the device. For comparison, when the iPad was first announced only 53 percent of developers expressed that they were very interested.
Globally, the numbers are quite different as developers are most interested in the Samsung Galaxy Tab among all Android Tablets. Roughly 56 percent of developers worldwide are very interested in developing for the Samsung Galaxy Tab, compared to 43 percent for the Kindle Fire.
Developers seem drawn to the price of the Kindle, which is less than half of the iPad, as well as the wealth of content that Amazon already has at its fingertips. For some time, developers have voiced their opinion that a price-play would be the most likely way to truly compete with the iPad. They seem to see the Kindle Fire as the first tablet to truly make that play.
I received a Fire today. In the brief time I have had to use it, I found the compact size to be surprisingly comfortable. It's light, can be held comfortably in one hand and reading is a pleasure. On the other hand, the software is not as intuitive as an iPad and it seems a little buggy. More later.