Some of the biggest technology companies in the world are all taking a look at Android software developer Cyanogen. They are the developer of the very popular custom CyanogenMod ROM. The community for CyanogenMod has been so strong that is has been questioned whether or not it is actually in contention to be the world’s third most popular mobile operating system. It is being reported by The Information that Microsoft, Amazon, Samsung, and Yahoo have all been keeping an eye on Cyanogen with an acquisition or at least a partnership in mind.
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.
If you eat at Burger King often, you might want to take them up on their latest limited time offer. Instead of a half price sandwich, the fast food chain is actually giving away a free smartphone through their website. Unfortunately, this one isn’t “happy meal toy” free, but typical “two-year contract” free.
On the Burger King promotion site, you can select from a handful of free devices, then choose to upgrade your current phone or add a line to your Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint account. The order actually takes place through Amazon, so the only thing Burger King really does is offer to send you a link to their Burger King app on your new toy, which seems like a lot of hassle to go through just to tell people to install your app.
It seemed pretty likely that Google was going to purchase Twitch, the video game streaming platform, and fold some of its technology into YouTube. Well, things didn’t quite turn out that way, and today Amazon announced that they’ve purchased Twitch for $1 billion. Sorry, Google.
Amazon may not own a service like YouTube, but they do handle their own Prime streaming service, plus a digital video store. On top of that, Amazon’s cloud infrastructure is used by other major video streaming companies like Netflix, so it’s not as if Amazon is a stranger to this type of platform.
Google introduced the Chromecast last July with a lot of excitement. At $35, how can you beat it? Especially since it works with both Android and iOS. However, the Amazon Fire TV was introduced in April of this year, and it already has nearly double the developer support.
As is stands right now, there are over 500 apps available for the Fire TV. The Chromecast is a little harder to figure out. There is a new Chromecast section in the Play Store, but it might not show all the apps. If you add up the Featured, New, and More sections, the total is only 227.
If you live in the UK and have been going back and forth about getting everyone’s favorite little media dongle you may want to listen up. The Chromecast is now being sold at a slashed price of £18 (just under $30) at some retailers. Amazon, Tesco and Currys have the little dongle for that price, but Amazon is offered the added caveat of free shipping. Google still has it up on the Play Store for £30 (just under $50) so this may not be a permanent price slashing for the device.
So if you’ve been debating purchasing this little dongle, you may want to take advantage of the sales promotion while it lasts.
source: 9 to 5 Google
The Fire phone has been having some issues lately on the market and has not been selling nearly as well as Amazon has wanted. The lack of adoption by consumers seems to be the result of the exclusive deal between Amazon and AT&T. While AT&T may be a large company, they don’t have all of the market, so all Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile customers are stuck with another device, whether they want a Fire Phone or not.
Sometime after Amazon launched their first tablets, the rumors started circulating that they were readying a smartphone. However, it took nearly 3 years until something official was introduced. What took so long? Reports indicated that Amazon went back to the drawing board at least once, possibly more. Amazon knew this was a bold move and they wanted to “get it right.” They decided that the world needed something different, and it would take a little longer. By incorporating multiple camera lenses, the Fire Phone features a user interface with a Dynamic Perspective giving you a somewhat 3D experience. Yes it’s a gimmick, but the Amazon Fire Phone is more about selling Amazon products and services. Gimmicks aren’t necessarily a bad thing. Samsung has made a lot of money with gimmicks, so it’s possible Amazon could find that same success. However, this is no Android phone. Yes, it’s built using Android, but it feels like a completely different operating system. It doesn’t even have any of the same Google services that you will find on the majority of other Android (and Apple) phones. Buying the Fire Phone is like buying into something completely different, so it better offer something very compelling. Does the world need an Amazon phone?
For those businesses that have been using mobile devices to run their businesses, their only choices in accepting credit or debit cards were either Square or PayPal. However, Amazon has decided to throw its hat in the ring as they have unveiled their own card reader. Called Amazon Local Register, the company is looking undercut the competition.