It’s a tiny hole on the underside of the new Kindle and it’s nicely tucked between two other ports/controls on either side. While the hole might be small, it has provided impetus for grand speculation. Well, it’s a microphone all right but before you start speculating about the interesting new prospects that this brand new addition to the Kindle provides, here comes the kicker. The new Kindle User’s Guide reveals, “the microphone is not currently enabled but is provided for future use.”
The new Kindle comes with some exciting new features like a battery that last up to a month, twice the storage space, and a display that seems to have been infused with a fresh dose of life. However, while enhancements on these lines were expected, nobody quite expected the new Kindle to include a microphone option. Particularly in view of Bezos’ stated stand in keeping the Kindle strictly confined to a book reading device and not one that would blur the lines of a tablet and an e-book reader.
But that hasn’t stopped many to believe it’s for voice navigation. Application developers working with the Kindle Development Kit will also love to have such a thing on the new Kindle as they have one more hardware option on which to unleash their creativity.
Though it might sound a bit far-fetched now, a phone option for the new Kindle would be quite interesting. And who knows? It may even go on to blunt the advantage of the iPhone somewhat.
In the meantime, just hang on until we try to dig out some more details.