Before now, the only way to download apps from the Amazon Appstore was to download the apk for the Appstore online, and then download apps. Last month, however, Amazon launched the functionality to download apps through the official Amazon app. All you have to do is head to “Shop by Department,” and you’ll find a new category called “Apps & Games.”
Starting tomorrow, October 24 until November 20, AT&T customers will be able to pick up the latest Kindle Fire HDX 7” tablet for just $49.99 when purchasing an Amazon Fire Phone. However, if you’re perfectly happy with your current smartphone, you could always grab the slate independently for $10 per month with zero down and a two year contract.
There is no surprise that the Fire Phone has not performed well for Amazon. It locked customers into the company’s services and the specifications did not match the price. Also, availability was exclusive to AT&T. Just how bad has the Fire Phone performed? Like $170 million bad. It was revealed in Amazon’s earnings call that there was a $170 million hit “primarily related” to the Fire Phone. And Amazon still has a bunch of handsets on its hands with the inventory being valued at $83 million.
Hit the break to see what T-Mobile CEO John Legere had to say about the Fire Phone’s flop.
Those of you patiently waiting in the UK for the Fire TV can sit back and relax. It’s now available for £79. The good news is that you will have access to many UK providers such as BBC iPlayer, BBC News, Demand 5, and Sky News. You will of course get access to Amazon Instant Prime, Netflix, Vevo, and a bunch of games. Speaking of games, you can also grab the gaming controller for £34.99
Personally, I would wait for the Nexus Player, but if you’re deep into the Amazon ecosystem, it’s a good buy.
sources: Amazon Fire TV / Gaming Controller
The release of the Nexus 9 is just around the corner, and preorders are already live on the Play Store. Also on the Play Store are pre-orders for the official “Magic Cover” and the very attractive (but over-priced) keyboard case. For those who use Amazon as their retailer of choice, both of these cases can now be pre-ordered from the popular website. Both cases are priced identically as they are on the Play Store ($39.99 for the Magic Cover and $129.99 for the keyboard). If you’ve been waiting for them to hit Amazon, hit the source links below and order today.
Buy: Magic Case | Keyboard Folio
NBA 2K15 launched today for Android, but for now, the only official way to get it on your device is through Amazon’s AppStore. It’s unclear how long it’ll be until the game is also available on Google’s Play Store. The new game has greatly improved graphics, a new MyCareer mode that has players work through a storyline for their custom-made character, and a new Pharrell Williams-curated soundtrack.
You can download the app from the Amazon link below.
This fall, Samsung will be launching one of the most anticipated devices of the year. The Galaxy Note 4 will have a spot on each of the nation’s four major carriers. However, some consumers want an unlocked device. For those people, we have good news. Amazon is carrying the Galaxy Note 4 unlocked in black ($859), white ($869), and gold ($904). The only catch here is that there is no warranty included since the devices are unlocked.
These are all international models, so prospective buyers on Verizon or Sprint networks are unable to use this unlocked Galaxy Note 4.
Source: Amazon [Black Model Product Link] [White Model Product Link] [Gold Model Product Link]
About a year ago, Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos purchased the Washington Post, a national newspaper. Since that purchase, we haven’t seen any indication of Bezos crossing his newly owned newspaper publication and Amazon, but it looks like that might be changing in the near future.
Several employees of the Washington Post have been working on a new application for digital distribution or curated content, and it looks like the app is going to make its debut on Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets later this year. The app will offer photos and news stories to readers in a tablet-friendly format, probably similar to something like Flipboard. It sounds like Amazon is looking at making this exclusively a tablet app, though, so don’t expect a version for the Fire Phone or anything else when it first launches.
Have yet to stream anything on Prime Instant Video using your Android device? Amazon wants to change that. When streaming something from Prime Instant Video to your Android device for the first time, the company will reward you with 500 of its Amazon Coins. That amount of Amazon Coins equates to $5 that will be transferred over to the Appstore. The promotion is running right now and ends October 16.
Hit the break for directions and download links.
With the launch of the newest models of their flagship tablets, Amazon has dropped the “Kindle” moniker from the names of their Android-powered tablets. New and future models of the tablets will simply be called the Fire HD and Fire HDX. According to Amazon, the company changed the name to separate the brands and to make sure consumers know the difference between the products.