With so many smartphones on the market, it is becoming increasingly difficult for a company to distinguish their device from others just based on a leap forward with hardware specs. More companies are turning to customizations of the operating system to enhance how users interact with a device. We already saw Motorola do this with some of the unique features they incorporated into the Moto X last year. Amazon appears to have figured out this same strategy as their forthcoming entry into the smartphone market uses a combination of sensors and customizations to Android to produce some unique interface improvements. » Read the rest
Soon after the launch of Amazon Fire TV, Koush, a well known developer has released his AllCast app to the new system. While before you had to sideload the app manually, now you can get it straight from the Amazon Appstore.
The app essentially allows users to pair their Android phone or tablet with Amazon Fire TV, allowing them to stream media content. Users can seamlessly switch between content source and input on your TV (Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, etc.).
Official CyanogenMod Nightlies support has arrived for the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7″ and 8.9″. Currently the builds show up as experimental, but regular nightlies are set to be released starting today. These ROMs are running CyanogenMod 11.
As is the usual case with ROMs on Android, users should exercise extreme caution. Sometimes these files aren’t stable, although sometimes they are. Users should make sure that they know what they’re doing before they attempt to install anything.
Amazon is getting in on the holiday weekend by holding an Easter egg hunt with the Appstore. Don’t worry, you will not have to search far and wide as it is rather simple to be rewarded. When you hit the source link below, there will be a ton of applications involved in the hunt. While many of them are free, there are some paid apps that will net you some Amazon Coins with a purchase. The $0.99 price returns 50 coins while $4.99 apps reward 250 of them.
Currently, Amazon’s Fire TV’s unified voice search feature only includes a few content catalogs, limited to Amazon’s own catalog and VEVO’s selection. The feature is great, but to be truly successful, it’s going to need more than two content providers to make it stand out. To fix that, Amazon has announced today that Hulu Plus, Crackle, and Showtime Anytime will be added to the unified voice search feature this summer.
The addition of three major content providers is nice, and since it’s happened so quickly, it (hopefully) shows that Amazon is going to work hard to get a ton of partners on board as quickly as possible.
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Samsung and Amazon have announced that Galaxy devices will be receiving a custom-built Amazon Kindle store. Launching in the next two weeks, the new store, device owners will receive up to 12 books per year, chosen from prominent books. That’s right, you don’t get to choose the books, but you’ll have the books chosen for you. Lee Epting, Vice President, Samsung’s Media Solution Center Europe, had this to say:
“We are delighted to be able to deepen our long-standing relationship with Amazon and offer Kindle for Samsung as the perfect app for reading on a smart device. With this service we demonstrate our commitment to creating and broadening key content partnerships that deliver rich and personalized experiences for our customers.”
Contrary to popular belief, the Amazon smartphone isn’t an urban legend. We have been hearing for years of an Amazon phone, but this time it looks as though it’s for real. Not only that, there might actually be two phones in the works.
The photos above and below represent a prototype so expect the finished product to look very different. As you can see, a protective shell is around it to hide certain features. This unnamed device is expected to include a 4.7-inch 720p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP rear main camera, front facing camera, and of course a fully forked version of Android.
Everyone is waiting for Amazon to finally release its smartphone, Project Aria. As recent as last month, there were reports that the device is coming this year. And now a report out of The Wall Street Journal says that Amazon’s smartphone will be revealed in June. And shortly after in September, it will be ready for consumers. It has been reported that Amazon has let developers in San Francisco and its hometown Seattle test prototypes over the course of the last few weeks. » Read the rest
Apparently owning the biggest ebook brand isn’t enough for Amazon, who today acquired the biggest e-comic company, ComiXology. This is likely to expand its library of comics for Kindle.
ComiXology also has a number of very popular Android comic book reading apps, and its Guided View technology allows users to easily read and flip through comics. This will likely be integrated into the Kindle at some point down the road. Details about the acquisition have yet to be released, and its expected that the deal will close in Q2 of this year. Hit the break for the press release!
With the Samsung Galaxy S 5 going on sale tomorrow many will be wanting to get their hands on the device. Despite this, not everyone will be abel to afford it. If you want some extra cash to go towards the device, however, Amazon is offering the Galaxy S5 through their trade-in program.
Essentially the program allows users to be able to trade in their old phones for Amazon gift cards, which you can use to buy a new device such as Samsung‘s new flagship. Trade-ins aren’t just limited to phones, however. You can trade in almost anything for an Amazon gift card!