Kindle Fire sold out ahead of next week's Amazon event
If you were hoping to pick up a Kindle Fire, your time is up—for now, anyway. In a press release issued on Thursday morning, Amazon announced that it’s completely sold out of the tablet, which the retail giant described as its number one best-selling product.
In the nine months since the Kindle Fire’s launch, Amazon says that it’s racked up 22 percent of tablet sales in the U.S. That’s a hefty margin, though it still likely lags behind the iPad, which has sold 34 million units in the U.S. since the device’s launch in 2010, according to information that came to light during the Apple-Samsung trial. The Kindle Fire has done admirably against other Android-based tablets in the U.S., though, accounting for 54.4 percent of that market as of April.
The Fire’s biggest impediment to growth, however, is likely the international market: While the iPad is available in 97 countries as of the end of Apple’s third quarter, the Kindle Fire is still only for sale in the United States. However, Amazon also on Thursday expanded its Appstore for Android phones and tablets to Europe, suggesting that its tablet might follow suit in the near future.
Speaking of the future, Amazon’s sell-out couldn’t come at a better time. The company has announced an event in Santa Monica, Calif. on September 6, during which it seems likely an updated Kindle Fire will make an appearance.