Kindle Fire 2 possibly launching next month

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Our buddies over at CNET received an anonymous tip stating that Amazon is intending to release its successor to the Kindle Fire in a little over a month. Nothing official has come from Amazon at this time but rumors of the next Kindle Fire have been floating around the net for quite some time already. Everything from screen size changes, competitive price points and new standout features have been the talk of the e-reader community. If this rumor pans out, we wont have to wait too much longer to see what Amazon has in store for us.

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Amazon Appstore Finally Launching in Europe This Summer

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Earlier this month we reported that the Amazon Appstore may finally expand itself past American shores. Well we can finally confirm that it will indeed find its way to several European countries this summer. I know it has been frustrating for many European Android users to not be able to use the Amazon Appstore and take advantage for what it has to offer. But with the emergence of the Kindle Fire it would be a huge mistake if Amazon were to not take advantage of expanding it. Amazon is currently eyeing the UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain as the first to use their appstore with more “in the near future.” Any of our European readers out there excited for this? Or bothered that it took this long?

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Is Amazon set to drop Kindle Fire price to $149?

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Could it be that Amazon’s ultra-cheap Android tablet is about to get even cheaper? With strong rumours that Amazon is planning to launch a refreshed 7″ Kindle Fire as well as brand new 8.9″ and 10.1″ models, it would make sense that the current model will see a reduction for a final push before it becomes yesterday’s news. Recent reports had already suggested that the once fast-selling tablet has seen a sharp decline in sales with rival budget models such as B&N’s Nook overtaking it in recent weeks. With the Google I/O around the corner where there’s a high expectation we’ll see Asus launch an aggressively priced Nexus tablet it would appear that Amazon’s window for additional Kindle Fire sales is closing fast.

The question is, will a $50 drop to $150 be enough to convince you to jump on-board the Kindle Fire bandwagon at this late stage? Personally I’ll be waiting to see what Amazon has in store for us and what Google has up it’s sleeve before considering a new tablet purchase. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Digitimes

HBO Go Now Available for the Kindle Fire, Other Android Tablets Still Left Out

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Kindle Fire owners should be pleased to know that the HBO Go app is now compatible with the device. Starting today, you can grab the HBO Go app from the Amazon Appstore and stream videos without having to use your browser. Unfortunately the app still doesn’t support other Android tablets but I imagine that future updates will slowly bring more tablet compatibility. For those of you Kindle Fire owners who also have a HBO subscription you can grab the app from the Amazon link below. Full press release and promo video after the break.

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Amazon rumored to launch 10.1-inch Kindle Fire in Q3 2012

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You can say what you want about the Kindle Fire, but it’s clear that Amazon made the right decisions when it came to pricing and marketing. Their Kindle Fire e-reader tablet is now one of the most successful and popular tablets around, thanks to it’s uber competitive pricing against Apple’s iPad and other comparable Android offerings.

Word on the street is that Amazon is now planning to directly take on Apple’s iPad line of tablets by presenting a 10.1-inch Kindle Fire in Q3 of this year, while simultaneously canning plans for their suspected 8.9-inch model. If this rumor pans out, then we can only assume that the internals of this big brother Kindle should be fairly strong to compete with the fruits of Apple’s labor. Amazon just recently announced plans to continue offering tablets at low cost in exchange for advertisements in their devices, so perhaps we will see this 10.1-inch super reader at a great price point as well. Only time will tell what Amazon has in store for us in the coming months.

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Amazon selling ad space on Kindle Fire

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In a smart and most likely controversial move, Amazon has just announced the ability to purchase ad space on their popular Kindle Fire tablets. For $600,000, your ad will be displayed on the boot-up screen of every Kindle Fire for 2 full months. This business model could prove to be a great way to offer high-end tablets at a much lower price given the manufacturer is willing to make up the costs of production in ad sales. It’s surprising that Google themselves have not already put this into action, but with Google I/O 2012 just a little over a month away, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see the big “G” follow suit.

The details have yet to be fully ironed out and many questions and concerns have already made some noise on the matter. So is Amazon going to incorporate this change on all existing and new tablets or will this just be for the new adopters? I kind of feel like it’s a little late in the game for Amazon to all of a sudden make this change for current Kindle Fire owners. You have been enjoying an ad free experience this whole time and all of a sudden you are going to be bombarded with ads, something most of you I am sure did not sign up for from the start. Sadly, this is the new reality if we are to get products at low cost or even free. Take apps in the Google Play Store, for instance. We all have downloaded a free app in the past that was ad free and then updated to a new version with sneak attack ad incorporation.

The Kindle Fire aside, I would certainly like to see more options for consumers in the future and I believe that selling mobile devices at a cheaper cost in exchange for advertisements is a nice start. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Get a Kindle Fire for $139 Refurbished, Tested and Certified

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We’ve got a great deal coming out of Amazon today. It’s a certified, refurbished Kindle Fire. You can pick one of these 7-inch tablets up for a mere $139. Amazon actually had this same sale in March, but it’s back again! This Fire is tested, approved and offered with the same 1 year warranty you’d get with a brand new one. This could be a great time to get your hands on a cheap tablet, or maybe as a gift for a loved one. The Kindle fire comes with great services from Amazon, free cloud storage for the thousands of videos, books, games, and TV shows you’ll be taking advantage of, and much more.

Keep in mind as you’ll see when clicking on the source, you only have till the end of the day today to get this deal, or as the promotion says: “until they’re all gone.”

 

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[Deal] Refurbished Kindle Fire On Sale Today Only for $139

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If you’ve been dying to get your hands on a new Kindle Fire and don’t mind refurbished merchandise, today would be the day to make the plunge. Amazon’s Gold Box deal of the day features the refurbished Kindle Fire for only $139, $30 less than the usual $169. Have no fear about buying one of these pre owned units as Amazon claims they have been tested and certified to look and function as a brand new device. They will even honor the 12-month warranty period found on new units. This deal only lasts until midnight tonight (or until stock is gone) and only one Fire per Amazon account is allowed. Be sure to check out our full review if you have any questions about the device and hit the source link to start saving!

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Amazon To Introduce Two Versions Of Upcoming Tablet For 2012

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In case you weren’t interested in the upcoming follow-up to the Amazon Kindle Fire before, this will certainly catch your attention. Hot off the success of the original Kindle Fire tablet, Amazon is planning on making a bigger splash by also introducing a bigger version of the tablet. Amazon is reportedly eyeing a move from e-readers to tablet PCs due to the strong sales of the original Kindle Fire, so it will introduce a 7-inch version for the first half of the year followed by a 10-inch version for the second half of the year. Moreover, as previously highlighted by us– Amazon will outsource production of the 10-inch model to Quanta Computer and Foxconn Electronics. We just keep seeing more and more indications for the follow-up of the Kindle Fire to be unveiled within the next few months, so make sure you stay tuned with us for any further developments or news.

source: DigiTimes

Official Twitter App Gets ICS, Kindle Fire, and NOOK Updates

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The official Twitter app for Android received a user interface refresh in December, but was lacking full Ice Cream Sandwich compatibility. The latest version (v3.1.0), released yesterday, includes tweaks for ICS, and is also available for the increasingly popular Kindle Fire. The NOOK Color and NOOK Tablet updates are coming tomorrow. The Android Market page lists the following new features and fixes:

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