The Amazon Kindle Fire is going great guns over in the US, and is being tipped to account for fully 50% of the Android tablet market share next year, even though – as we've only just pointed out – there's been no sign of it arriving here in the UK.
According to the latest rumour, however, we may be just weeks away from all that changing. That's right – the Amazon Kindle Fire has been tipped to launch this side of the Atlantic next month, January 2012.
We have to say right at the start we have no way of gauging how accurate this rumour actually is. It comes from mobile site Know Your Mobile, and all we're told is “a source close to the launch” says the Kindle Fire is arriving in the UK next month.
We're not altogether sure what that rather vague wording actually means, to be honest, and we're not furnished with any further details about either the source or the device itself, so nothing on the price, which is the detail that could make or break the Kindle Fire given its rather basic spec.
It's safe to say, however, that if the Kindle Fire is on its way, so too is the Amazon Appstore, which is the real source of Amazon's profits from the whole venture over in the US.
It's a bit of an odd time for such a high-profile mobile launch, coming between the retail cash cow of Christmas and the premier European mobile event of Mobile World Congress, but then Amazon has never been too bothered by sticking to convention so we can't rule out a UK launch purely on that basis.
We'll keep our ear to the ground and you'll know more as soon as we do.