Amazon Exec Hints About New Kindle Fire?

The world may be only a few days away from an announcement of the next Kindle Fire, but Amazon is staying quiet about any potential upgrades to its flagship tablet.  No official announcements have been made as of yet, and although several rumors have pointed to July 31 as the date Amazon will announce the next Kindle Fire, it’s all just educated guessing at this point.

That hasn’t stopped reporters from pestering Amazon executives about the potential Kindle Fire 2. Amazon just released a strong Q2 earnings report. Sales were up 29% to $12.83 billion, even in the face of competition from Google’s popular Nexus 7 tablet.

In that earnings report, Amazon stated that the Kindle Fire continued to put up impressive sales figures.  The Kindle Fire also remains Amazon’s best-selling item. So all those rumors about the Nexus 7 crushing the Kindle Fire into oblivion were apparently untrue.

In the 2Q earnings report, Amazon’s CFO, Tom Szkutak, said that he liked the “roadmap” of the Kindle Fire as the company looks into the future. At any other time of the year, this would appear to be a normal, run-of-the-mill statement from the executive in charge of Amazon’s finances. However, with rumors about the Kindle Fire 2 continuing to swirl, some are interpreting Szkutak’s roadmap comments as a hint towards the next Kindle Fire.

Szkutak’s statement was made after a reporter commented that the first edition Kindle Fire had been on the market for a while. The CFO responded by saying:

“We’ve been very excited about the progress we’ve made so far from both the device and content standpoint and we are super-excited about the road map we have.”

It’s easy to see how these comments could be taken to mean that the Kindle Fire 2 was on the horizon. But is it definitive proof? Certainly not.

What do you think? Do these comments mean absolutely nothing? Or is Amazon’s CFO subtly hinting about the next Kindle Fire?

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