Last week we heard that the new Kindle Fires will feature ads on the lock screen. We assumed they would probably offer a way to opt out, but Amazon said no. It looks like a lot of people complained and Amazon is doing the right thing by changing their mind to now allow users to opt out of such ads for $15.
“With Kindle Fire HD there will be a special offers opt-out option for $15,” an Amazon spokesperson told Ars Technica. “We know from our Kindle reader line that customers love our special offers and very few people choose to opt out. We’re happy to offer customers the choice.”
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos took it upon himself to give Google Android OS the praise that it deserves. According to Bezos:
Android is accomplishing everything that Amazon needs it to and, at the same time, giving the company flexibility to customize things. We treat Android like Linux, and so it’s a base OS layer. We have a large dedicated team that customizes Android and that’s what you see on the Kindle Fire.
I think it’s great to see a CEO of such a huge player like Amazon praising Android for what it offers to everyone. It’s probably the least he can do considering the sales Android has helped give the Kindle Fire, and the upcoming success the Kindle Fire 2 and Kindle Fire HD will bring to the company.
When asked if Amazon has any plans on straying away from Android, Bezos gave a simply answer of ”No, we like Android.”
Yesterday we reported that the ads surrounding Amazon’s new Kindle Fire (most notably the lockscreen) would be removable upon the users choice. It looks like those reports have been rebuffed by Amazon as the company sees it as an opportunity to regain some of their losses when they made the tablets as cheap as they did. Nonetheless, I’m sure this move will annoy plenty of customers. I mean, who likes to see ads on a device they use every day, right?
Either way it looks like the ads are staying, for now. Perhaps Amazon will look to take them out on future updates, but that remains to be seen. I’m sure this move will only give people an extra incentive to root and flash custom ROM’s on their new Kindle Fire, what do you think?
A top selling point for Amazon’s new Kindle Fire HD‘s is the low price. The web giant stresses this fact because Amazon knows they won’t make most of their money by selling devices, but by selling things in their massive online database of consumer goods through their devices. To get their customers to see those goods, Amazon will use the lock screen of the new Kindle Fires for advertising Amazon Special Offers.
This is not a new tactic for Amazon as they have used a similar model for the Kindle E-readers, but this will be the first time they use this business model for a Kindle Fire. On the e-readers there are options to pay so that you do not have to look at the ads every time you turn on your device. It looks like they will do something similar for the Fires because a rep from Amazon has confirmed that users will be able to opt out of the ads. Whether this option will be free or similar to what is offered on the e-reader side is unclear. Most likely the latter. Either way it’s still a pretty good deal for the price point.
With all the shiny new devices announced yesterday, it may have been easy to overlook some of the other announcements Amazon made on a very busy Thursday. Along with the revamped Kindle Fire and Kindle e-readers, and the introduction of the Kindle Fire HD line, Amazon also made some improvements to their operating system that will help them compete with Apple and all other Android devices.
One new addition parents of younger children will love is Kindle FreeTime. This feature allows you to set profiles for different people and set limitations for what they can get into and how long they use the device. FreeTime also allows you to set time limitations for certain apps, so if you want little Johnny to not just play games but read as well, FreeTime will take care of it for you. FreeTime will let you know it’s working because the screen will light up blue. So no more feeling like you have to watch every little thing your child does with the Kindle, just make sure FaceTime is on and let your child enjoy.
Amazon hyped their press event for today and had Internet sites abuzz with expectation leading up to it, with everyone guessing what they may reveal. It appears Amazon did not disappoint with the introduction of new devices sure to have a major impact on the world of tablet devices. The highlight will almost certainly be Amazon’s introduction of an 8.9-inch version of their tablet, dubbed the Kindle Fire HD.
Running at 1920×1200 resolution with 254 ppi, the 8.9-inch screen is made with a new laminated touch sensor that Amazon promises will reduce glare by 25%. Backing the display is a TI OMAP 4470 processor, 16GB of internal storage, Dolby stereo with dual speakers, dual wifi antennas, a front-facing HD camera, and HDMI out. This top of the line version of the Kindle Fire HD will run $299 and Amazon says it will be available starting November 20th, just in time for Black Friday’s shopping rush. Amazon will also have a 4G LTE model available for $499 and a $49.99 per year data plan. There will be a data cap of 250MB per month and 20GB of cloud storage available. » Read the rest
Amazon unveiled new tablets today and the first one was an updated version of the Kindle Fire. You can’t complain when the specs go north and at the same time the price goes south. The additional hardware includes a faster processor that makes it 40 percent faster, an extra 512MB of RAM (total 1GB), a bigger battery, and a front-facing camera. Other than that, it’s still a 7-inch display. The best part of all of it is that it’s priced at $159, $40 cheaper than last year’s model. Pre-orders will start soon and it will be available on September 14th.
It continues to be a forked version of Android, but the market they are going after doesn’t care. I still prefer the Nexus 7, but what do you guys think?
On the eve of Amazon’s press event slated to take place in Santa Monica on September 6th, word is coming out that Amazon has confirmed a phone is in the works. The Verge is reporting that numerous sources have verified the existence of the Amazon phone model and some are hinting it will be revealed during tomorrow’s event.
Indications are that the phone is still in development, but may be ready enough for a press event. Sources are speculating the device will run a forked version of Android 4.0, similar to what the Amazon Kindle Fire runs. No other details have emerged at this time, but the wait should not be too long if it is in fact revealed at Amazon’s event.
On the eve of a major product announcement scheduled for September 6th, Amazon and EPIX released information today regarding a new content deal for Amazon Instant Prime Video. Amazon Instant Prime Video is available to Amazon Prime members and gives them access to instantly download movies, television episodes and other events at no extra cost. The new deal with EPIX studio partners will provide access to titles from Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, and Lionsgate. New releases like The Avengers, Iron Man 2, and The Hunger Games will be available along with other titles in the library like Paranormal Activity 2 and The Lincoln Lawyer. TV shows include titles like Parks and Recreation, Numb3rs, and Fringe, though “day after” episodes of titles should start to appear when the fall TV season launches.
In the year since launching the Amazon Kindle Fire, Amazon has doubled the titles available in their Prime Instant Video service to more than 25,000. Moves like this will help them compete with popular services like Netflix. Hit the break for the full press release. » Read the rest
Despite all the rumors of a larger device coming from Amazon, source are now indicating this week’s announcement regarding their Kindle Fire will be limited to two 7-inch models. The information obtained by c|net indicates Amazon will introduce a slightly revamped version of the existing Kindle Fire and a new, higher-end model of the Kindle Fire. In anticipation of the announcement, Amazon has reported the existing Kindle Fire is now soldout.
The new model is expected to have a faster processor, a camera, some physical buttons for volume control, an HDMI port, and increased internal storage. Both models are expected to benefit from a slight overhaul of the user interface. As far as a larger model goes, it may still be in the works, but don’t expect to see it later this week.