Amazon teams with Nokia, snubs Google for maps: Sources
SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) - Amazon.com's new Kindle Fire will have mapping services via a tie-up with Nokia Oyj, according to two people familiar with the situation, filling a gap in the tablet's capabilities while snubbing Google's popular service.
The world's largest Internet retailer, which says its nine-month old Kindle Fire now accounts for one in five United States (US) tablet sales, has teamed up with Nokia on mapping, the two people told Reuters.
Amazon will release at least one new version of the Kindle Fire next Thursday.
Amazon will also add location capabilities to the new Kindle Fire, which requires either a global positioning system (GPS) chip or a process known as WiFi triangulation, the people said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak ahead of Thursday's launch event.