It appears that Amazon didn’t want their Kindle Fire to get lost in the hype of all the latest tablet news and released some new info with hopes to re-kindle the fire. After today’s Asus Transformer Prime announcement, Amazon dropped a new press release describing the ins and outs of its latest tablet endeavor, and yes, its Android powered.
Will the Kindle Fire be an Android tablet? Will we have access to the Android Market? These have been questions on all of our minds and the answer is yes and no. Literally in that order. The Kindle Fire is powered by Android but will be accompanied by a custom UI, unfortunately you will not have access to the Android Market with the official build of the OS (but you can bet the devs will cook something up!). You will though, have access to thousands of apps via Amazon’s very own market, the Amazon Appstore. Here, check out what Amazon has to offer:
When Kindle Fire customers across the country open their boxes next week, they will be able to choose from several thousand of the most popular Android apps and games, including Netflix, Rhapsody, Pandora, Twitter, Comics by comiXology, Facebook, The Weather Channel and popular games from Zynga, EA, Gameloft, PopCap and Rovio. Kindle Fire customers will be able to download these apps and games without having to register multiple times and using Amazon’s simple and secure 1-Click payment technology. Plus, all apps are Amazon-tested on Kindle Fire for the best experience possible, customers can get a great “paid” app for free every day, and once you’ve downloaded an app from the Amazon Appstore, it’s available on Kindle Fire as well as your other Android-based devices.
So there you have it. Another official Android tablet. And this one is only $199! Any one pre-ordered yet?
Jump past the break for the full press release.
Amazon has done it again with another very good selection for their free app of the day. 3D Bio Ball HD is an awesome throw back of Marble Madness for me. As a kid I loved that game, and now that I am older it is really nice to see a game like 3D Bio Ball HD. Now even though this game is different from Marble Madness on the old NES. It is one of the better labyrinth-style games on the Android platform.
The game opens up with your choice of campaign or quick play mode. I suggest you start with campaign mode as it gives you the much needed tutorial as well as the story line of the game. I use traverse the playing field, you are given objects to collect like; bolts and coins that can later be used in the shop to upgrade your Bio Ball. As with all labyrinth-style games there are obstacles to watch out for and I’m not just talking about holes in the floor, they got creative on this one! Check out the images after the break.
Today’s free Amazon app is a little different than what we usually see on a daily basis. What you get today, is a free interactive children’s book in app form, and given the today’s holiday, The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin, is quite fitting.
This bookapp, as I will refer to it, was written by Joe Troiano and illustrated by Susan Banta and tells the tale of Spookley, a square pumpkin living in a round world. Throughout the story, Spookley, deals with harsh peers and is shunned because of his shape. This bookapp delivers a special message of tolerance and self-acceptance that’s just right for Halloween or any day of the year.
Today’s free Amazon app, Hungry MonstR, is another one of those time-killer games. Usually $1.99, this may not be that killer game you have been looking for and ends up being one of those you load only to hand off to your kids while driving.
The game-play is easy, you have to protect your ice cream cart from hungry monsters who’s only desire is to make off with your goods without the intention of paying. Each monster has a different color, one of four colors that correlates with these suction tube thingys in each corner of your screen. As the game begins, the monsters walk toward your cart at a leisurely pace in random order from all sides of the screen. Your goal is to flick them into one of the corner tubes based on what color the monster is, blue monster – flick em’ to the blue tube, pink monster – pink tube. You get the idea, just don’t flick the monster into the wrong color tube because that will plug it up for a few seconds rendering it unusable. As you progress the monsters pick up the pace, all the while bringing even more monster friends to the ice cream heist.
You’ve finally broken down and want to see what the Amazon App Store is all about? Well you’re in luck, here’s a quick tutorial for how to install the app on your phone or tablet. At the time of this writing, the Amazon App Store is only available in the United States. As it opens up in more areas, this tutorial will be updated.
Let’s start off with a basic understanding of the app itself. The Amazon App Store is an alternative to Google’s own Market. Using your Amazon.com account, you can see many of the apps you’d find in the Market as well as Amazon-exclusive apps. There are thousands of apps available to go along with many being submitted on a daily basis. When you see an app that you are interested in, then you go ahead and download the app. The process is similar to downloading an app in the Market, but has a few slight differences which is where this tutorial will come in and help you.
Amazon’s free app of the day is another method of killing time. CandySwipe by Runsome, is a brain teaser similar to Bubble Popper, but with a twist. You see delectable treats such as Hershey’s Kisses, peppermints, candy apples, and gingerbread men among other sweet treats instead of bubbles. You simply swipe your finger left, right, up, down, or diagonally across matching pieces of candy without touching non-matching pieces. As you swipe five or more pieces, you’ll gain additional time and added points. For an added strategy, you can also track back your swipes to collect missed pieces as long as your finger doesn’t touch a non-matching candy piece along the way.
Amazon’s free app today is an entertainment app only. Ghost Radar uses the phones sensors to measure the electric magnetic fields around you. It features a radar image that shows you different color dots on the screen that represent possible nearby ghosts. Every so often it will give you a word. Some of them are random and others have made the hair on my arms stand up.
I downloaded it this morning around 2am, and it was a little creepy hearing words like “coming” and “attack” in the total dark. I’ve been playing with it more this morning and it doesn’t seem to have the same creepy effect as it does in the dark.
Even though this is for entertainment purposes only, it is defiantly an app that you could (and should) trick your friends with Halloween right around the corner. Especially if you have one of those easy to scare friends. Cause everyone knows scaring people is what Halloween is all about. (oh and candy too)
Check out these screen shots to see the look of the app.
If you’re not using the App Store, you can grab the download here by entering your email address or phone number in the upper right hand corner for a download link. Be sure to have the “unknown sources” box checked off under Settings—>Applications on your Android device.
You can also find Ghost Radar here. For an app that will usually run you $0.99, it is worth the money for a good laugh and maybe it will make your hair rise too. Today would be even better to get it while it is free.
If you download it share your stories with us in the comments below. How many of your friends did you creep out with it?
Today’s Free Amazon App is perfect for anyone, but especially those constantly on the go (which is most of us). OfficeSuite Pro 5 not only the free deal of the day, but perhaps the free deal of the year. The app, created by Mobile Systems, Inc. is a productivity suite aimed to help make our lives just a little easier.
You’ll be able to access tools for word processing, develop spreadsheets, and browse PDF and Powerpoint files.
Amazons free app for the day is a time killer for sure. I am a fan of games like Jewel Quest. Gem Spinner II is much more then that. Your goal is like the rest, make a row of three or more to clear the plain, except the gems are encased in individual blocks of all different shapes and sizes. These blocks can be moved around and spun to move around the playing field, however they are not all the same shape and sizes. Some are square and some are “L” shaped and others are in the form of plus signs.
It adds a level of difficulty to the game because you are not allowed to move the gems from block to block. You have to spin the blocks or move them. As you clear gems the board clears by changing from grey to cleared sections. Once the box has been completely cleared it “pops” away and you have more room to move the remaining blocks to complete the puzzle. The game is timed and drops a sun in the playing field to block you from moving a block in that area.
Overall the game is very well laid out, I have it running on my Tab 10.1 with no lag or freezes. It plays in portrait mode and is worth the usual $2 price tag. It’s even more worth it on a day like today when it’s free.
Did you get this app? We want to know what you think in the comments below. Don’t forget to check out the screen shots of the app after the break.
Word Game Pro is today’s free app download from the Amazon market. A game similar to Scrabble, Word Game Pro’s goal is to spell out words from the 7 tiles you have been randomly given. The game is timed and you get rewarded extra seconds for spelling back to back words without error. Before I started writing this article, I was just going to download the app to be sure I knew what I was talking about, an hour later I had to force myself to put down my phone so I could actually get some work done… It’s super addicting!
Word Game Pro adds some strategic spice to the familiar word game puzzle. The game centers on a mad scramble to construct words from a row of seven random letters, which change each round. Word Game Pro adds to the challenge by also letting you see letters that are about to come into play, offering you the chance to plan ahead–to develop a strategy.
Once the game starts up, you will notice that you are presented with the standard mix of seven letters. The points range from one to ten and you’ll start to gain additional points as you earn combos. Each successful word you create gives you another bonus combo point. The points keep piling up until you submit an incorrect word. Then, unfortunately, your combo bonus vanishes. With each fresh set of letters, you have new word prospects and the game automatically calculates how many words you can find with the maximum letters.
With a usual price of $2.89 you get a game loaded with hours of fun and for today only it’s free. Join us after the break for a couple screenshots and some links that will take you to your free download.