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.
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.
source: The Verge
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.
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.
Amazon’s first attempt at an Android-based e-reader turned out to be a wild success, so it makes sense for the company to give it another try. Today, the online retailer sent out invitations for a press event on September 6th in Santa Monica, California. Details of the event are still unknown, though it is expected that Amazon will unveil the next iteration of Kindle Fire tablets.
Earlier this year, we reported that the company was preparing to release a 10.1-inch version of its Kindle Fire tablet to more closely compete with offerings from Apple and ASUS. In addition to the 10.1 version of the tablet, Amazon is expected to roll out an updated version of its popular 7-inch model. Although, without any official word, it appears we’ll just have to wait until September 6th to get the full low-down from Amazon.
The music streaming service Spotify has released a version dedicated to Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Spotify is a streaming music service that gives you access to millions of songs and will be welcomed to the popular 7-inch tablet. You can pay a fee of $9.99 to access its premium features such as being able to listen to music with out the need of an internet connection. Other features include:
- Access to millions of songs
- Listen offline – no Internet connection required (Spotify Premium members only)
- Share music with your friends
- Create and sync playlists
- Send the music you’re enjoying to Last.fm & Facebook
The actual app download is free so go on and head over to the source link if you’re interested!
This is hardly a surprise, but DealNews is reporting that Amazon’s Kindle Fire will experience a price drop to $169 after the new Kindle Fire 2 launches later this year. Amazon has a history of keeping older kindles around, at lower price points, when newer ones are released. According to DealNews, the Kindle Fire 2 will slide into the $199 price point.
This tactic is similar to how Apple positions its older iPads and iPhones when new versions come out. The strategy allows one manufacturer to cover multiple price levels, increasing their potential audience.
Of course, Amazon is now forced to compete with Google’s popular Nexus 7 tablet, which is leaps and bounds ahead of the original Kindle Fire spec-wise but still costs just $199. Sales forecasts for the original Fire have already been cut due to the Nexus 7′s success. Reducing the original Fire to $169 and launching the Fire 2 at $199 would essentially allow Amazon to compete with the Nexus 7 on two fronts.
Looks like the era of low-cost and genuinely usable tablets is here, folks. This is the kind of competition that helps drive innovation. Even big bully and litigious Apple will be getting in the smaller tablet game with their rumored iPad Mini, but I doubt theirs will be under two bills.
Remember last year when Amazon unveiled the Kindle Fire at $199 and everyone expected it to sell like hotcakes? Well it was quite successful actually, but I think it could have been more successful if it wasn’t a forked version of Android. Either way it was a game changer because they changed the pricing model forever and for the better. Google wanted to make a splash with the Nexus 7 and boy did they. Priced the same as the Kindle Fire with way better specs, the Nexus 7 has to have Amazon a little nervous.
Well it’s not only Amazon that’s nervous because one Cowen analyst is thinking the same thing. Kevin Kopelman just cut his forecast for Amazon’s revenue as well as sales of the Kindle Fire and Kinde e-reader. He originally expected Amazon to sell 14 million Kindle Fire’s, but is thinking it will be more like 12 million.
Amazon just unveiled GameCircle for the Kindle Fire, which should add to the overall gaming experience. By far the biggest feature is Cloud Syncing, which is something Android desperately needs. What it does is save in-game progress to the cloud so that players can continue where they left off even if they deleted the game or switch devices. Other features include Achievements and Leaderboards. With Achievements, players can track all earned trophies, treasures, and other awards. They can even do it while playing a game by simply pausing it, checking out what they still need to earn, then returning to gameplay. With Leaderboards, players can easily see how they rank against other players.
With this announcement, Amazon released a series of GameCircle APIs so developers can easily add it to their games. They can be found at the source link below and hit the break for a short introduction video.