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.
In an effort to make developing apps for an easier process, Amazon has released a suite of tools for developers to test their application through the Amazon App Store. These tools will allow a developer to push out updates to selected users to make sure the app works well in a consumer environment instead of just the test environment the app was built in. This includes testing in-app purchase APIs and stability to guarantee your app or update is rock solid before it gets pushed out to the masses.
Compared to last year, the Amazon Appstore has seen its selection triple. The company is announcing many milestones to show just how valuable the Appstore has become. The aforementioned growth, which pegs the selection at over 240,000 apps, was done largely due to the 200 countries where the Amazon Appstore is available. The apps can also be downloaded to Android devices and Amazon’s very own Kindle Fire lineup.
Revenue is key for developers and Amazon is proud to say that developing or porting apps for the Appstore is lucrative. In a recent survey of 360 developers, 65% found that their total revenue in the Amazon Appstore was equal with competing platforms. Many of those same developers even saw increased per user revenue with Kindle Fire devices. Clearly the reach of Kindle Fire devices thanks to Amazon’s massive online storefront does not hurt.
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Today Rockstar Games released the Grand Theft Auto trilogy (including Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas) to the Kindle Fire and to Amazon’s new FireTV. Not only that, but TwitchTV’s app was also released to Amazon, allowing users of TwitchTV to stream content to their TV through FireTV.
In addition, fans of the Walking Dead will also be happy to hear that Season 2 (the game) has been released to the Amazon. By the looks of it, Amazon is really pushing FireTV, so more great titles should be on their way soon.
Source: Droid Gamers
MediaTek processors are starting to be used more and more in not only the Asian market, but also in the western hemisphere. Recent rumors suggest that Google is working on a budget Nexus smartphone that will feature a MediaTek 64-bit processor. Now there are rumors suggesting that Amazon will be using a MediaTek MT8135 in their upcoming refresh of the entry-level Kindle Fire tablets.
MediaTek initially dismissed the idea that they would be working with Amazon, but also said that they would try and close a deal with any potential clients. Reports today came in saying that Amazon would indeed use MediaTek to process some of their tablets, but we do not yet know if MediaTek chipsets will power the entire Kindle Fire line or just the entry-level devices.
Did Christmas shopping burn a whole in your pocket? If so, don’t worry because Amazon is offering a payment plan to get their Kindle Fire HDX. Both the 7-inch and 8.9-inch models are available through the plan. Eligible customers can pay for the device over the four months, with the cost being divided among them. The WiFi models will set you back $57 and $94.75 each month, respectively. The best of all? The payment plan is interest free.
To take advantage of this offer, sign in to your account and head over to the listing for the model you want. From there, you will see if you are eligible. Order the device and make your first payment. Then Amazon will charge you every 90 days. Make sure you have enough funds because if you don’t, Amazon will block your Kindle Fire HDX from their content and suspend your online account. Also, the offer ends by Christmas day.
A new report from International Data Corporation and App Annie has revealed some interesting things about mobile gaming for Q3 of 2013. Intriguingly, Android gamers favor playing games on Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets rather than an Android tablet using the Play Store. This isn’t too surprising as Kindle Fire sales are excellent and an emphasized selling point is gaming. The app store for the Kindle Fire has a huge selection of games and Amazon always includes games in their press images and demonstrations.
So many people enjoy the gaming experience on mobile devices that they actually have passed Nintendo’s 3DS/DS line and Sony’s PlayStation Vita in popularity. That’s also unsurprising because mobile gaming has shifted towards phones and tabs while handheld consoles are experiencing a slump.
Apple stumped Android in app store revenue while also defeating it in popularity. To be exact, Apple’s App Store generated almost three times as much revenue as the Play Store in the United States. The Play Store, however, seems to be on the climb with more quality apps be released and devices being able to handle intense graphics and physics.
Source: App Annie
Android tablets have finally joined their phone counterpart up top. According to ABI Research, tablets running Android outsold Apple’s iPad in Q2 of 2013. Revenue for the entire tablet market hit $12.7 billion in that quarter. Since the same quarter of 2012, there was a 23% surge year-over-year.
While there isn’t much information on the Android manufacturers, it is easy to understand why Apple has been overthrown (for now). The research firm explains that smaller tablets around the 7 or 8-inch mark have been selling the most. Across the board, many companies have been aiming at this size. Amazon’s Kindle Fire line ranges from 7 to 8.9-inches while Samsung has been pumping out tablets endlessly. Also, Google refreshed their Nexus 7 with the latest specs. Even NVIDIA is in pursuit of some market share. Clearly consumers have taken to the smaller form-factor and lower prices.
Source: ABI Research
Last week we got a good look at the upcoming Kindle Fire HD refresh, and today we have a press render of the new Kindle Fire. You won’t see a front-facing camera, which is why we believe it is the non-HD version of the Kindle.
It shouldn’t be too long till Amazon unveils the new Kindles. Last year, they did it on September 6th, so obviously they are a little late this year. Invitations could go out this week for an event later in the month. Stay tuned.
MediaTek has begun mass-producing their MT8135 quad-core SoC’s, which consists of two clusters including Dual Cortex A15 cores and Dual Cortex A7 cores. The cores work simultaneously, and feature a powerVR Series 6 GPU (PowerVR 6200), and supports Wireless Certified Miracast. Qualcomm certainly has a huge competitor that’s rising fast, as MediaTek’s low cost chips have already been used in Acer, Asus, and Lenovo products to date.