Liquavista, a company that makes low-lower color screens, has just been purchased by Amazon, a move that is widely expected to lead to a Kindle ebook reader with a color screen.
Amazon’s more powerful Android tablets have full-color displays, but the company still offers a line of simple, inexpensive ebook readers that have greyscale ones because such screens use very little power, and therefore devices that use them can have long battery lives.
Liquavista previously belonged to Samsung. The screens use technology that favors battery life over appearance, so they don’t look as good as the ones Samsung uses in its own tablets and smartphones. They are, however, a much better fit for ebook readers which aren’t very demanding and have users that are accustomed to going weeks without needing to recharge their device. Devices like the Kindle Paperwhite.
Amazon has not revealed what products it will use Liquavista screens in. Instead, it said:
“We are always looking for new technologies we may be able to incorporate into our products over the long term. The Liquavista team shares our passion for invention and is creating exciting new technologies with a lot of potential. It’s still early days, but we’re excited about the possibilities and we look forward to working with Liquavista to develop these displays.”