Over Christmas Amazon offered a large swathe of free games and apps, with a value north of $220. Though Christmas is behind us, Amazon has put up a newer, smaller offering of free games and apps to ring in 2015.
If you’ve invested in Amazon’s digital ecosystem, you’ll want to keep an eye on some of the deals they’re going to be offering right around Christmas. There are tons of offers on everything from apps to movies and TV shows to Kindle books, some of which are completely free.
Starting on Christmas Even and running until December 26th, the Amazon App Store will be offering the biggest free app bundle Amazon has ever done. There will be tons of free apps for you to preload on your Kindle devices, including games from developers like Rovio and Sega, and Amazon is offering discounts on Amazon Coin purchases on top of that. Following into the New Year, you can expect more discounts on other apps and games, too.
If you’re a Kindle Fire lover or an Android user who is aching to consume high quantities of Amazon-fed content, our friends in the Northwest are offering a fire sale (get it?!) on the 3rd generation Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch model, including the WiFi-only, 4G LTE, and 16 GB / 64 GB variants. Plus, you also have your choice of whether or not to include Amazon’s “Special Offers,” which means you get a discount for allowing Amazon to display ads on your lock screen.
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.
Using the Amazon Kindle app as your go-to reading application just got a whole lot more useful due to version 4.6’s enhancements. The only addition not available to everyone is immersive full-screen mode as that is a capability that launched with Android 4.4 KitKat. Everything else is fair game and most of it is simplification changes. For example, the screen orientation lock can be toggled by tapping the bottom right corner of a page. The system brightness can be accessed through the reader’s settings. And audio playback can be controlled from the lock screen of the device.
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Unlike the Kindle Fire tablets, Amazon’s Fire Phone retails for a fairly high price. It currently runs $199 with a two-year contract and $649 without a contract, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy S 5, Apple’s iPhone 5S, the HTC One, etc. For a company that thrives on getting customers into its ecosystem, the Fire Phone has a pretty high barrier for entry, unlike the other hardware Amazon sells. As it turns out, though, Amazon has to sell the phone for a higher price because the device itself costs quite a bit to make.
Following up on the news yesterday that Amazon was about ready to launch a new subscription service, today Amazon has officially released Kindle Unlimited for $9.99 per month. The service functions in a manner similar to Netflix. Once customers pay the monthly subscription fee, they have unlimited access to the library of titles included in the service. The comes to over 600,000 ebooks and thousands of audiobooks.
According to Chitika statistics, while Samsung devices generate the most mobile traffic in the US at 55%, Amazon generates the second most. This isn’t really that surprising, but it does mean that Kindle tablets outdo Motorola, HTC and LG devices when it comes to web traffic. Because of that, it is only a matter of time before we see an Amazon mobile device.
Amazon’s plan was to take over a large enough portion of the mobile content market to be able to release a smartphone of their own. Well that plan is well on track.
Rumors about the possible release of an Amazon smartphone have been around for a while now, but it seems we’re getting a lot closer to a possible release. According to Digitimes, Primax Electronics has received orders from Amazon for compact camera modules for smartphones to be launched in the first half of 2014.
Such smartphones feature floating touch technology, with each to be equipped with six CCMs for sensing, and Primax will supply more than 50% of the CCMs, the sources said. Primax declined to comment on the sources’ claims.
This report also supports the rumor that Amazon will be using multiple front facing cameras in order to push a 3D display that will track users and their movements. A smartphone also would make sense for the company given the success of the Amazon Kindle Fire.