A new analysis of the Amazon Fire Phone, introduced last month, suggests sales of the device have not exactly been lighting things up. This is in contrast to news yesterday showing that Amazon appears to have a hit on their hands with the Amazon Fire TV. However, the device has only been out for a short period of time, so things could still turn around for Amazon.
Because Amazon does not share figures regarding the number of actual devices, analysts have to infer how their devices are doing in the market. In the case of the Amazon Fire Phone, analysts have combined data from Chitika and comScore to estimate Amazon has sold no more than about 35,000 Fire Phones.
It looks like Verizon is ready to flip the switch on its VoLTE (voice over LTE) and HD voice services. According to Big Red, the initial rollout will take place in “the coming weeks.”
The good news is that it will be nationwide instead of only a few select areas like their competitors. However, it will be limited to select devices and customers will have to opt-in to use the service. VoLTE will work wherever this is LTE-data coverage.
Another day, another T-Mobile deal. Starting September 3, you will be able to add a tablet (any tablet) to a postpaid Simple Choice phone plan for only $10 per month, and T-Mobile will match your LTE data plan (up to 5 GB per month) specifically for the tablet. So if you happen to have a 5 GB plan for your phone, you will also get an additional 5 GB for your tablet. It doesn’t matter which plan, whether it be a 1 GB plan, 3 GB plan or whatever else, you will get that same matching data reserved for your tablet. This is on top of the 200 MB that you already get for free, not that it’s a big deal.
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The Moto G has been the hottest selling Motorola phone in history so we are expecting big things with the Moto G2. Speaking of big, it’s going to be bigger in the literal sense. Last year’s Moto G had a 4.5-inch display, but this years G2 will sport a full 5-inches with smaller bezels. It’s also going to get upgraded to 720p (1280 x 720).
The main camera is also getting an upgrade from 5 MP to 8 MP, and a microSD slot should be standard now. Probably the biggest surprise has to be front-facing stereo speakers, something that is never found on budget devices. Throw in a Snapdragon 400, 1 GB of RAM, and a removable back that can be customized, and you have a winner.
Google is making progress towards an Android One release, and should have the initiative ready by September. Android One is supposed to be capable of offering the most recent, powerful software experience to low-end specced phones.
LG announced the LG G3 Stylus in order to offer choice among low-tier phones for stylus usage. The device will feature LG’s QuickMemo+, Dual Window, Smart Keyboard, Touch & Shoot, Gesture Shot, and Knock Code, much like LG’s other offerings on the market of late. Although not fair competition for the Note 4, the G3 Stylus will house a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, a 5.5-inch qHD screen (960 x 540, not 2K), 8 GB of storage with an SD slot, and 1 GB of RAM. The camera is impressive–much like LG’s other low-end phones–and the entire machine will run on a very capable 3,000 mAh removable battery.
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OnePlus has not exactly had an ideal launch for its first device. From the get-go, the OnePlus One has faced production speed bumps and software bugs. Prospective buyers are still required to obtain an invitation in order to make a purchase. The company launched a sexist contest that was quickly pulled (and has since been replaced with a neutral one) most recently. Now, an owner of the OnePlus One is claiming his device exploded while sitting idle in his back pocket.
The Galaxy S 5 and Galaxy Tab S are two devices currently roaming the world with Samsung’s fingerprint technology. Samsung typically pushes new hardware with each device in the Note series, and that is exactly what is going to happen with the fingerprint technology found on the upcoming Galaxy Note 4.
Today, ASUS has released a new promotional image teasing its upcoming smartwatch. The most interesting part is that a curved display seems likely here. That would be a first for an Android Wear device, albeit the platform is still relatively new. ASUS has scribbled some notes onto the image that seem to highlight some distinctive features. The underside of this device has been sand blasted with something that is possibly glass, but it is not completely legible. The strap for ASUS’ smartwatch is genuine leather and the front of the device has a front camera. The front side of the device is described being constructed as a smooth shell.
We will find out more about this device when ASUS makes it official at IFA 2014 on September 3.
Source: ASUS (Facebook)