While Apple has been distancing itself from Google with the introduction of its own mapping service, it looks like Amazon might be following suit in the near future. According to reports online, the company recently bought up a 3D mapping startup, UpNext. The conditions of the deal weren’t mentioned – neither were what Amazon plans to do with the startup but we can be pretty sure it’s going to be the inclusion of a mapping service on the next generation Kindle Fire tablet (the current version lacks a GPS system).

Amazon buys UpNext – a 3D mapping startup | Ubergizmo.