Spotify brings service to Amazon Fire TV

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One of the most requested apps from Chromecast owners wanting to stream music via their device has been Spotify. Inexplicably, Spotify has not jumped on the Chromecast bandwagon. However, Spotify announced today that they are jumping on Amazon Fire TV via their Spotify Connect service. Users do need a Spotify Premium subscription in order to access and use Spotify Connect. Using Spotify Connect and the Spotify app on their phone, users can stream music to their TV and continue to use their smartphone or tablet for other purposes. Users can even move out of WiFi range and the Spotify music will continue to play on the Amazon Fire TV.

Do you think this move will help Amazon or Spotify gain new users?

source: Spotify

HTC and Amazon deal may have fizzled because of AT&T objections

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In October of 2013, news broke that Amazon and HTC were penning a deal that allowed the Taiwanese company to make a budget Amazon smartphone. It would have been a deal that showed that HTC had a new momentum and allowed for another revenue stream. It also would have given Amazon an in on the low-end smartphone market. However the deal fizzled out. According to a source close to The Information, it’s because AT&T had objections.


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Amazon finally adds Prime Instant Video to their Android app

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Amazon has inexplicably left Android users in the cold when it comes to their Prime Instant Video streaming service, but today that changes. Users of the Amazon app should hit the link below and update to the newest version to start streaming their favorite shows today. The update also brings Amazon’s entire retail catalog to the mobile app. Finally, they bundled in 5GB of Amazon Cloud Drive storage. It is safe to say Amazon’s recent update is welcome for users of their Prime Service, but they’ve also added something for everyone. Hit the break for the download link (which for now is USA only).
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Amazon’s Fire Phone takes a drastic price cut down to 99 cents on-contract

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We knew Amazon’s Fire Phone was struggling to pick up traction, but the latest move by Amazon and AT&T might be indicating that the Fire Phone was DOA. After about a month on the market, Amazon has cut the price of the Fire Phone from $199 on contract down to just 99 cents on contract. At least the Facebook First took some incremental steps down to the nearly-free option instead of plunging so quickly. For those of you interested in the off-contract pricing, the Fire Phone has also seen a steep decline to $449.

Those prices reflect the 32 GB version, but the 64 GB has also seen a price drop. On-contract will run $99, while off-contract you can opt to pay $549. If Amazon is struggling to sell any of these phones, though, I doubt the 64 GB versions have gotten any interest at all. However, you do still get the full free year of Amazon Prime with this deal, so there’s still some value in the purchase.
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Amazon’s Fire Phone heading to the United Kingdom

Amazon_Fire_Phone_Main_TAFacing lackluster sales in the US, Amazon may be moving toward selling the device in the UK, ending the AT&T and US market exclusive. Although when it arrives in Britain it will continue its network exclusivity by being solely available on O2. According to the Financial Times, the announcement between the two companies is expected as early as next week.

Given its mixed reviews and competitor flagship devices, the Fire Phone is losing ground quickly. Hopefully people in the UK will take to it enough to help Amazon bolster its numbers. Of course, only time will tell.

source: The Financial Times

Amazon Fire TV heading to Europe, UK and Germany first

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The US has had their fill of Amazon Fire TV for a while now, but Europe’s getting their first experience with the set-top box. Amazon’s launching Fire TV first in Germany, and then the UK. In Germany, it’ll begin shipping September 25 for €99, or €49 with Amazon Prime, while in the UK, it’ll be £79, or £49 with Prime.

This deal’s only valid for the next five days, so if you’re across the ocean and interested, act fast.

Source: Engadget

[Deal] Grab an LG G Watch for $50 off from Best Buy

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LG’s G Watch might be slightly outdated thanks to the G Watch R, but it’s still a fantastic Android Wear device. Today, Best Buy is shaving a full $50 off the list price of the smartwatch, so you can pick one up for only $179, which definitely isn’t a bad price for how new it is. The only catch is that you’ll have to get it shipped to your house, as store pickup isn’t available right now.
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Microsoft, Amazon, Samsung, and Yahoo all express interest in Cyanogen

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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.


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New analysis suggest Amazon’s phone not setting the world on fire

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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.
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