Amazon reported results for their holiday shopping season and the company seems to be quite happy with the results. Amazon’s membership program, Amazon Prime, added 10 million new members during the holiday season. Some estimates put the total number of Prime members at close to 60 million, which is a huge increase from the estimated 20 million Amazon had to start the year and comes even with the increase in price this past year.
Despite claims that Google+ is a “dead” social network, it appears Facebook has decided to take a page or two out of Google’s playbook for the holidays. Google+ users are familiar with the goodies that Google makes available for their social platform during different times of year, like virtual snow added to winter pics that are posted. Facebook has released some similar features for their Messenger application.
On Monday, people around the world can add some Android flavor to their holiday decorations. Andrew Bell and Dead Zebra have returned with another Android holiday ornament. Last year, the ornament came in red and blue varieties; however, Bell opted for “good ole ‘Android Green’ edition” with this year’s item. It is shiny all around with sparkling features on the front, back, neck, and ankles. It comes with a hook for easy hanging on a Christmas tree.
The Android holiday ornament will be available on December 15 at 11:00am EST. When stock runs out at that time, more units will be offered at 11:00pm EST. These do tend to sell out very fast, so have quick fingers online. They can be purchased as a single ($10) or double ($20), but also in packs of five ($45) or ten ($90). Customers in the United States should select Priority Mail shipping to make it for Christmas. International customers will likely, and unfortunately, miss receiving the Android holiday ornament in time for Christmas this year.
Hit the break for some information regarding the Series 5 collectibles.
On top of minor bug fixes and improved responsiveness, SwiftKey‘s 5.1.2 update to its 5.1 build also includes a bevy of “festive” holiday themes bundled in a new Gift Wrap pack.
Amazon is courting your favor for this holiday season, as it has just released a new app entitled “Surprise! by Amazon” for those of us who prefer to send gift cards as our primary means of gift-giving.
Angry Birds fans who are ready to enjoy the holiday season in the game may want to check out the latest update to the Angry Birds Seasons app. Rovio uses this version of Angry Birds as a way to make special levels available based on a variety of holidays and festive seasons from around the world, like Halloween or the Chinese New Year celebration. Their latest update, released today, adds several new goodies called Arctic Eggspedition.
The Motorola DROID RAZR M may not be a top tier device, but it is certainly a capable Android smartphone. As we found in our review, the RAZR M offers a lot of bang for the buck when purchased from Verizon for $99. That equation has improved significantly for the holidays as Verizon is now offering the handset for only $49.99 with a two-year contract. This is a good opportunity to get your hands on a relatively decent Android smartphone without breaking the bank. Hit the break to view Verizon’s promo video that includes the offer.
Last week, Verizon was kind enough to extend their return policy to January 9th to accommodate those who receive a new mobile device as a Christmas gift. Now, the return policy is generally only 14 days so for Big Red to extend the window out that far is pretty generous. What’s even more friendly is the fact that they have now extended that return window even further to January 15th, adding 6 more days of trial period.
This works out great for folks like me who are in need of a new phone but really want to save themselves for the Galaxy Nexus. You could now pick up a new RAZR or Rezound today, and return it as soon as the Galaxy Nexus becomes available. As long as you keep the device in fairly good condition, Verizon should have no qualms with you returning your purchase to exchange for Google’s latest masterpiece, but don’t tell them I told you so. You could even manage to deal with another short delay as long as it’s not past January 15th.
Rogers in Canada is going to have a big 4th quarter this year with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE, Motorola RAZR, HTC Raider, formerly the HTC Holiday, and the Samsung Galaxy Slide. The Galaxy S II LTE and the RAZR are expected to be available on November 4th and priced $199.99 and $149.99 respectively (with a 3-year contract).
The HTC Raider is the second LTE device to hit Rogers and will also be priced at $149.99 with a 3-year contract. We have already seen it hit the FCC with AT&T radios, so we are hoping to see it here in the states especially since it was seen downloading at 29Mbps with AT&T LTE.
As a reminder the Raider features a 4.5-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8MP camera that shoots 1080p HD video, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
We also got word on the Samsung Galaxy Glide (pictured below), which should launch in November as well for $149.99 with a 3-year contract. This one will sport a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 8MP rear camera, 1.2 front camera, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
To top is all off, Rogers will have a little incentive to sign away on that 3-year contract. They are giving away a free Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 for those who activate a family plan (2 lines with voice and data). If you are only able to add one new line while converting to a family plan, you can still grab it for $150.00.
According to a DigiTimes report, Amazon may begin shipping a 10.1-inch tablet by year’s end thanks to a deal with the Taiwan-based Foxconn Electronics, who will produce the devices. Foxconn has had a long-term relationship will Amazon as thier contractor for the Kindle e-reader, though they recently passed on Amazon’s 7-inch Kindle Fire as they completed iPad orders for Apple (Quanta Computer then picked up the Kindle Fire contract instead).
No solid details on specs have surfaced yet, however this little gem is still worth keeping an eye on as we approach the holiday season.