Amazon announced today that they are making their Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HD 8.9 devices available in more than 170 countries and territories around the world starting June 13th. Customers who are interested in one of the devices can go ahead and place a pre-order now by visiting Amazon.com. Along with access to the hardware, buyers in the new countries will get access to the Amazon App store and all of the content contained therein, including more than 300,000 books that are exclusive to the Kindle Store.
Dave Limp, vice president of Amazon Kindle notes the Kindle Fire HD “is the #1 best-selling item in the world for Amazon since its launch.” The 8.9-inch version of the device is available for $284 while the 7-inch version is available for $214. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 can be preordered by visiting www.amazon.com/global-kindle-fire-hd-8.9 and the Kindle Fire HD is available at www.amazon.com/global-kindle-fire-hd. Interested buyers can also visit retailers who sell Kindle devices.
UK “Facebook phone” fans will have to wait to see if they ever get the HTC First. A spokesperson for carrier EE in the UK confirmed in a statement that Facebook has “recommended holding off launching the HTC First in the UK” as they work on a better Facebook Home experience with new customization features.
Facebook’s prized phone is not having much success in the United States, with the price dropping from $99 to under a dollar, followed by news that the phone will reportedly be discontinued by AT&T. It will be interesting to see if the improvements Facebook makes to Home will spark a renewed interest in users who had previously given up on the app.
Source: Android Central
At the end of the day, Google is first and foremost, a company driven by advertisements, not necessarily awesome Android sales. Considering Google has one heck of a track record when it comes to how advertisements are subtly
stuffed down our throats viewed by the masses, it should come as no surprise that Google is out to revolutionize how we consume ads thanks to its work behind the scenes of implementing haptic feedback technology. The USPTO went ahead and published a patent application “Providing information through tactile feedback”, which at its absolute core deals with haptic feedback on touchscreen devices (smartphones and tablets).
Google recognizes this technology is still very much in its infancy, so it’s utilizing its all-star team of researchers and developers to dig deeper and recognize the true potential of haptic feedback, by quietly working on a “Tactile Interface Engine“, which allows Google to ensure its ads are more effective thanks to the implementation of feedback. The concept alone is fascinating, but it’s how the technology works that will be a real eye-opener for the masses. Essentially Google would hypothetically separate an advertisement displayed on a webpage with a border by having a distinct tactile feel, which is completely noticeable as the finger approaches the advertisement. In the case of multiple ads, the ad with the “most relevance” would give the most feedback as your finger hovers around it, while the other ads would give less feedback— though each ad could be moved around to a different place on the screen if needed.
It’s too early to tell what sort of impact this implementation will have for the Android brand, but it probably wouldn’t be a surprise if it were to end up being revolutionary. Of course it would be nice to see some improved haptic feedback for our displays (and specifically our keyboards), but any cool innovation from Google would be a welcome one nonetheless. We’ll be sure to keep an eye out for you all on whether or not this intriguing development can eventually become a reality.
Following Samsung’s announcement that it has sold 10 million units of the Galaxy S 4 in less than a month’s time, HTC has some news to share as well— they have sold 5 million units of the HTC One in almost the same time-frame.
This surprisingly high showing comes in a time where HTC is suffering from a shortage of components and manufacturing supplies, as well as a dramatic reshuffling of execs.
“Orders are pretty good so far and are still more than what we can supply. This is partly due to the shortage of components. When the issue is resolved next month, we will have a better idea if it’s doing really well or not,” an anonymous HTC executive said.
This is all pretty encouraging news for the company which had been recently slipping in the minds of consumers— they should be just fine if sales figures can keep this pace in the coming months. (And of course if they can resolve their issues with manufacturing and disgruntled employees.)
Source: The Wall Street Journal
One of the best phones on the market right now, the HTC One, has done a pretty decent job in terms of sales, but possibly not as well as it could have done. Many questions remain about why the device isn’t coming to Verizon, and why there aren’t any microSD card slots in the US and UK models. HTC’s Senior Global Online Communications Manager, Jeff Gordon, finally gave us an answer to our questions.
MicroSD Drama— Many consumers were confused at why Asia’s version of the HTC One included microSD slots and the US and UK models did not. Apparently, this decision came down to a factor of space. The Chinese version of the HTC One is designed specifically for the smaller Chinese radio bands, and therefore there was additional space in the device to add microSD slots. This was seemingly the case with the Japanese version as well. This space was not available in the global version, and therefore, the lack of microSD card slots.
Why No Love for Big Red? — Gordon didn’t really give a full answer here as to why the HTC One isn’t offered on America’s most popular carrier. He said that “it’s always a great thing to have our phones on as many operators as possible, but we’ve got nothing to announce in terms of Verizon.”
While this doesn’t mean the device will never come to Verizon, it certainly does put a dark cloud over rumors that the HTC One would be coming to Big Red. There are some rumors saying that perhaps Verizon wanted its own special version of the One but HTC wasn’t willing to comply. Only time will tell.
AT&T has announced that they will be offering an “Aurora Red” version of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 starting on June 14. If you can’t wait until then to make your purchase, you’re in luck because pre-orders start tomorrow, May 24. The phone will cost $199.99 with a new two-year contract, the same price as the already available “White Frost” and “Black Mist” colors currently offered by the carrier. Anyone in love with this new color? Let us know below!
Source: AT&T Official Blog
As stated in the Google Glass Terms of Sale, it is absolutely forbidden for a user to sell their pair of Google Glass Explorer Edition. So, in a display of blatant disregard and price inflation, one crafty user is selling their pair for $6,000 on Craigslist. While Google did put some measurements in place to keep the early models from changing hands, Google does not plan on bricking any of the Explorer devices. Read more
Mediafire is without a doubt one of the most successful cloud storage solutions out there— thanks to its 30 million user base (and counting). To celebrate this momentous occasion, it has announced that it has completely revamped its its native media player, which is now being rolled out to Android devices everywhere. The aim is for the media player to allow users to stream video and music content through MediaFire’s mobile and web based applications— effectively giving us a sweet alternative to other streaming media players out there now. Coupled with 50GB of free lifetime storage, the new media player will give us the capabilities to stream our music and vids on our devices anytime, anywhere.
The update should be hitting devices any minute now. But while you wait for it in the meantime, you’ll find more details once you check out the press release after the break.
And just like that, HTC has formally has announced its Desire 600 smartphone— a device we only heard about a little less than a day ago. The device is a mid-ranger and features some attractive specs including a quad-core processor coupled with a 4.5-inch LCD2 display, 8MP camera, BoomSound speakers and is topped off by Sense 5. Additionally, the new toy will utilize true dual-SIM capabilities, allowing for individuals to toggle between compatible networks, if necessary.
No word yet on the cost of the device just yet, but it’ll be available in Russia, Ukraine, the Middle East and Africa by sometime in early June. You’ll find more details and information once you hit the break and check out the presser.
Considering Samsung cleaned house in the first quarter of 2013, it comes as no surprise that Samsung has sold over 10,000,000 Galaxy S 4s since April 26th. Unsurprisingly, this puts the S 4 at the top of the list for the years highest selling phones, easily beating the S 3s record of 10,000,000 units in 50 days.
As if the world needs more reasons to buy the S 4, Samsung has announced four new colors for the device for release this summer. In addition to Blue Arctic and Red Aurora (pictured above), Samsung also has plans for a Purple Mirage and a Brown Autumn variant. The S 4 will also be available in 45 more markets by the end of the year, making the wildly popular handset available in 155 countries.