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Amazon launches App Store in main Android app

Posted by wicked October - 24 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Before now, the only way to download apps from the Amazon Appstore was to download the apk for the Appstore online, and then download apps. Last month, however, Amazon launched the functionality to download apps through the official Amazon app. All you have to do is head to “Shop by Department,” and you’ll find a new category called “Apps & Games.”

Source: TeleCrunch

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Kindle Fire HDX 7″ bundled with Fire Phone, only from AT&T

Posted by wicked October - 24 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Amazon has just announced a new deal that will make you buy the Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch tablet finally. The new tablet is now available in AT&T stores and online for only $49.99 starting today, October 24. The affordable price is offered ONLY when you buy it with the Amazon Fire phone.

This is a limited offer so don’t waste your time. t’s already a good deal to get both the Kindle Fire and the Amazon Fire phone. If you don’t want the phone, you can just get the 32GB variant of the Kindle Fire HDX 7” for $99.99 with a 2-year contract or at $10/month without any downpayment and no annual service contract. Be willing to pay $199.99 if you want to purchase the tablet outright without any contract.

The 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX is an Android tablet that can be a great tool for entertainment, education, and some relaxation. Play games, surf the web, chat with friends, check you social media networks, and watch TVs shows and movies right on the Kindle Fire. The Fire Phone, also powered by Android, comes with one year of Prime so you can access media content for free. You can also enjoy Prime Music or read books from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.

Kindle Fire HDX tablet features X-Ray, a special function that lets you search for key phrases and characters while reading an e-book, movie trivia while watching, or lyrics to a song while listening to music. The tablet’s Dolby Digital Plus audio system allows high-quality surrond sound and optimized audio profile.

Specs of the tablet include a high resolution display for vivid images, 2GB RAM, and 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor for faster app launches and multi-tasking. The Kindle tablet is based on Android but it runs Fire OS 3.X Mojito user interface for easier navigation. You can easily connect to the Amazon Appstore and the cloud services.

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The Amazon Fire HDX tablet is ideal for children because of the FreeTime feature. With this feature, parents can create profiles for their kids and set what apps, games, videos, or books they can access. They can set limits as to what the kids can access on the tablet.

You can purchase the Amazon Fire HDX 7-inch with Fire Phone from AT&T.

SOURCE: AT&T

Amazon Fire Phone not on fire, revenue takes a hit

Posted by wicked October - 24 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Amazon just made its earnings conference call today and things are not looking good for the retailer giant. The company reported a staggering third quarter loss of $544 million, compared to last year’s loss of $25 million from the same quarter. And the culprit? Both surprisingly and unsurprisingly, it is the Fire Phone that is to blame, at least according to some company reps. The rather eccentric smartphone has apparently cost Amazon a $170 million writedown in addition to supplier commitment costs.

Very few really expected the Amazon Fire Phone to be a phenomenal trailblazer, like say, an iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy, But it’s still quite surprising to learn that it performed that terribly in the market. It’s not like Amazon is a newborn babe when it comes to mobile devices, granted smartphones are on a slightly different ballpark from tablets and ereaders. And it’s not like the device itself is an underdog, sporting your basic set of hardware that make up any high-end smartphone, at least during its launch. So what happened?

Many would be quick to pin the blame on the Fire Phone’s exclusivity to one and only one carrier. If you’re a more established and highly popular smartphone maker, perhaps you can afford to shut out others from your device. But when you’re just starting out, getting in bed with only one, even if it’s AT&T, might pose some adoption problems that will remain even if you bring down the price to just one US dollar.

But perhaps the biggest problem of the Fire Phone is one of purpose. Amazon’s other devices are laser-focused on a particular use case and that is where they perform best. The Fire Phone, not so much. As a smartphone, yes it does good, but so do other models as well. As an reading device, perhaps not so much. The Fire Phone was also billed to be intimately tied to Amazon’s other business: selling products. But as much as people love to shop, having a dedicated smartphone just for that may not make much sense. The Fire Phone also has other notable features, especially the Dynamic Perspective, but these are all fancy gimmicks that sugar coat the device’s lack of a vision.

Do you own a Fire Phone or have you dreamed of getting one yourself? Any thoughts on this development?

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Amazon writes-off $170 million because of Fire phone

Posted by wicked October - 24 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Amazon has just released its financial results for Q3, which ended September 30, 2014. While net sales increased 20% to $20.58 billion, the company reported an operating loss of $544 million for the quarter. This is a massive change of fortune even when compared to the operating loss of $25 million from the same quarter in the previous year.

A big chunk of that operating loss comes from a $170 million charge related to the write-down costs associated with the Amazon Fire smartphone. The extent to which the smartphone has flopped was revealed by Amazon’s Chief Financial Officer Tom Szkutak during a conference call with investors.

We even took the bold step to publish a piece called ‘why the Amazon Fire phone will fail.’

Rumors that Amazon was working on a smartphone were rampant for several years and in June of this year the company finally revealed the device. However the handset failed to impress. It had solid specs, with a 2.2GHz Snapdragon CPU, 2GB RAM, an Adreno 330 GPU and an impressive sounding f/2.0 13MP rear shooter with OIS. It also had some interesting features with its Dynamic Perspective 3D system, Firefly technology, and the Mayday help service.

However, you could only download apps from Amazon’s Appstore. Amazon does the same thing with its Kindle Fire tablets, but for a tablet such a restriction is less of an annoyance, as long as the major apps are there, it isn’t a problem. But your phone is your “go to” device and Amazon was really asking you to invest in yet another eco-system, and consumers didn’t respond favorably.

Here at Android Authority we even took the bold step to publish a piece called “why the Amazon Fire phone will fail.” We don’t really like to blow our own trumpet around here, but we told you so.

The company has lots of cash and because of its diversity, Amazon is doing a lot of interesting (and hopefully profitable) things.

But it isn’t all bad news for Amazon. The company has lots of cash and because of its diversity, Amazon is doing a lot of interesting (and hopefully profitable) things. It just recently announced the new Kindle Voyage, Amazon’s thinnest e-book reader with the highest screen resolution in a Kindle reader to date. Amazon Fire TV is now the best-selling streaming box on Amazon for the U.S., U.K., and Germany. Away from hardware, Amazon Studios is commissioning new TV series which will be shown exclusively on Amazon Prime Instant Video. Then there is Amazon Web Services (AWS), AmazonFresh, Amazon Game Studios, and so on.

In other words, Amazon took a bet on the Fire phone, it failed, it cost a lot of money, but Amazon will keep on rolling forward.

AT&T to offer Kindle Fire HDX 7″ for just $49.99 with every Fire Phone purchase

Posted by wicked October - 23 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Starting tomorrow, October 24 until November 20, AT&T customers will be able to pick up the latest Kindle Fire HDX 7” tablet for just $49.99 when purchasing an Amazon Fire Phone. However, if you’re perfectly happy with your current smartphone, you could always grab the slate independently for $10 per month with zero down and a two year contract.

According to AT&T representative, Alina Laksberg “Kindle Fire HDX 7” is the ideal tech companion if you’re looking to enjoy some rest and relaxation with a movie, TV show, book, play some of your favorite games or browse the web. In addition, purchase of the Fire Phone includes one year of Prime, which allows you to access tens of thousands of movies and TV shows at no additional cost with Prime Instant Video or enjoy over a million ad-free songs and playlists with Prime Music.”

With regards to its internals, the HDX is a very capable tablet packing a 7-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1200 x 1920 pixels, a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, an Adreno 330 GPU  and a 1.3-megapixel rear-facing camera, along with support for Amazon Kindle FreeTime, Mayday and Second Screen.

If you like the sound of the Kindle Fire HDX 7″ and want to pick one up — hit the source link below.

Source: AT&T

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Amazon takes $170 million hit “primarily related” to the Fire Phone

Posted by wicked October - 23 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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There is no surprise that the Fire Phone has not performed well for Amazon. It locked customers into the company’s services and the specifications did not match the price. Also, availability was exclusive to AT&T. Just how bad has the Fire Phone performed? Like $170 million bad. It was revealed in Amazon’s earnings call that there was a $170 million hit “primarily related” to the Fire Phone. And Amazon still has a bunch of handsets on its hands with the inventory being valued at $83 million.

Hit the break to see what T-Mobile CEO John Legere had to say about the Fire Phone’s flop.

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Amazon Fire TV now available in the UK

Posted by wicked October - 23 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Those of you patiently waiting in the UK for the Fire TV can sit back and relax. It’s now available for £79. The good news is that you will have access to many UK providers such as BBC iPlayer, BBC News, Demand 5, and Sky News. You will of course get access to Amazon Instant Prime, Netflix, Vevo, and a bunch of games. Speaking of games, you can also grab the gaming controller for £34.99

Personally, I would wait for the Nexus Player, but if you’re deep into the Amazon ecosystem, it’s a good buy.

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Amazon Fire TV available in the UK for £79

Posted by wicked October - 23 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Amazon’s Fire TV media streaming box is now on sale in the UK. The little hub gives you access to Amazon’s own Prime Instant Video and music services, as well as a host of other familiar streaming services. All for just a small cost of £79.

Customers will have access to Flixster, Netflix, Plex, Spotify, and Youtube media streaming platforms. A small selection of local services have been thrown in too, including BBC’s iPlayer, Demand 5, and Sky News. That’s plenty of video to watch.

The Fire TV box comes bundled with a voice enabled remote control, which can be used to search for content through speech as well as pause and rewind your videos. There’s also an optional game controller available for purchase if you’re planning on playing a few games in your living room, just like the recently announced Google Nexus Player.

The quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor and 2GB of RAM will keep the box feeling responsive and it also comes with 8GB of internal memory should you want to store some of your own offline content.

You can purchase your Fire TV directly from Amazon at the link below. Who’s grabbing one?

Amazon accepting pre-orders for HTC accessories for Nexus 9

Posted by wicked October - 22 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

If you’re already dreaming of awesome accessories for your future Nexus 9 tablet, you’ll have to wait a little while longer. The Keyboard Folio and Magic Cover from HTC created for the new tablet has been shown on the Google Play website but is not available for pre-order yet. But now thanks to Amazon, you’ll be able to closely anticipate having these accessories as they are accepting pre-orders already, with shipping expected early next month.

The Keyboard Folio serves as a case, a two-angle stand and an external keyboard as well for the Nexus 9. It attaches to the back of the tablet through a magnet and can be used as a keyboard through Bluetooth connectivity, with reportedly up to 5 months of battery life. But if you don’t feel like you don’t need a physical keyboard to use with the tablet but you still want to protect a device as precious as your upcoming Nexus 9, then you can settle with the Magic Cover, also from HTC.

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It is also a magnetic cover that can protect either the front or the back of the tablet, depending on how you’re using it or storing it at the moment. It has a hinge cover so it can remain attached even without any fixed attachment or mechanical part. It is origami-inspired in terms of design and can be used as a stand as well with two different angles to use. Aside from the fact that it wakes the tablet up when flipped open, it can also open your camera when you open the flap covering it. It is available in four colors – Black, Lime stone, Coral Amethyst and Mint Indigo.

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The Magic Cover is priced at $39.99 while the Keyboard Folio is of course, a lot more expensive at $129.99. It is the same price both in the Google Play Store and in Amazon, but there is no news yet as to when it will be available for pre-order. Ordered accessories are expected to ship out by November 3, just in time for when you can purchase your new Nexus 9.

NBA 2K15 now on the Amazon App Store, Kindle Fire devices

Posted by wicked October - 17 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

2K Sports has made a name for itself being the king of the hill when it comes to NBA simulation games, with its NBA 2K series without competition now for a number of years. Its latest annual release is NBA 2K15 is now available as a premium mobile game available specifically on the Amazon App Store for Kindle Fire devices.

NBA 2K15 is hyping on new features for this year, but it always starts with better graphics and gameplay. Now it extends these new and better features to mobile gaming, specifically the more powerful devices from Amazon, under their Kindle Fire series of devices – specifically the Fire phone, the Fire HDX 8.9-inch, Kindle Fire HDX tablets, and also to Fire TV.

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Specs-wise, the Fire Phone is right about there on processing power with its Snapdragon 800 quad core processor and 2GB of RAM. The Fire HDX 8.9 sports the newer Snapdragon 805 processor with a similar 2GB of RAM. It’s probably wise to say that NBA 2K15 will probably be ok gaming-wise for last year and this year’s flagship level and higher-end phones and tablets. Anything lower than a Snapdragon 800 might cause the game to lag.

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Aside from the eye candy, NBA 2K15 boasts of a soundtrack made by international R&B and pop phenomenon Pharrell Williams. The game will be available via the Amazon App Store at a premium price of USD$7.99, or you can try this link here.