The Fire Phone has gone from an overpriced bombshell to a moderately priced off-contract choice during its thirteen months on the market. Amazon started selling the device in July 2014 as an exclusive for AT&T customers, a decision that was only the beginning of its phone’s problems. The price of the Fire Phone with a two-year contract was $199 and the off-contract price stood tall at $649. Those two prices are typically reserved for high-end devices. The Fire Phone, of course, is not “high-end.” So Amazon was left with no choice but to lower the Fire Phone’s off-contract price multiple times. Until today, the price of the Fire Phone was $159.
Hit the break to see how much Amazon’s flagship phone is after the most recent price cut.
Amazon is now offering $10,000 worth of apps, games, and in-app add-ons all for free with Amazon Underground. Amazon says they will do this by letting users download an app for free, and based on how long you use it, will then compensate developers.
Quite rapidly, Amazon has been expanding the products and services that work with its Echo digital assistant. SmartThings, the home automation platform purchased by Samsung last year, is now supported by the Echo. The only requirement is that the SmartThings hardware is setup and connected through the company’s apps before asking the Echo to detect devices on the same network. Controls for different appliances are then accessible by the Echo and you can use your voice to control them.
SmartThings’ new hub and sensors will be available starting next month, so now could be the perfect time to pair your Echo with a home automation platform. Your other option is to invest in Wink’s products.
HBO Now, HBO’s subscription streaming service, is coming to Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire TV stick today. You can now watch all of HBO’s movies, TV shows, and documentaries for $15 per month.
The Amazon Echo keeps getting better and better. Last update they added more sports scores while this update brings more support for Wink hub-connected products. Also, Alexa is getting third-party app support called Skills.
Amazon’s Fire TV Stick is fighting to be your home’s center for media streaming. For a limited time, the little dongle will set you back only $24 when you purchase it at your local Best Buy store or online. This is down from the original price of $39, nearly a 40% discount.
Finally, Amazon’s Echo digital assistant is being offered through a third-party retailer. Amazon selected Staples to sell the Echo exclusively. The only catch is that Staples’ thousands of stores will not be selling the device, preventing anyone interested from entering their local Staples store and walking out with the Echo. Prospective buyers will have to stay online and go to the retailer’s site in order to make a purchase.
Only non-Prime members should be taking a look at purchasing the Echo through Staples. Otherwise, take advantage of Amazon’s membership services and receive free two-day shipping.
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After previously opening the facility to customers in the US, Amazon has today launched its Prime Music streaming service in the UK. This feature is available to all subscribers of the company’s ‘Prime’ membership package at no extra cost. For those not already registered, it will set you back £79 per year and gets you movies, free deliveries and much, much more.
Amazon posted their Q2 earnings for 2015, and the internet retail giant smashed analyst estimates. The company pulled in $23.18 billion in revenue with a profit of 19 cents per share, which is significantly better than their estimated 14 cent loss per share. Amazon’s share prices obviously soared, and ended up well above $500 per share. Read more
Amazon are adding some new features to their smart speaker the Amazon Echo. Users can now ask it sports scores and team schedules for the WNBA women’s basketball league. Another cool feature is the ability to ask to listen to live concerts and events using TuneIn.