Amazon set to take out HTC and LG with new phone

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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.

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Amazon to launch smartphone in first-half 2014

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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.

Source: Digitimes

Best Android apps for reading books and syncing between devices [November 2013]

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These days everything is being packed into one device that can conquer any task. You can watch movies, listen to music, socialize with friends and family, and play games with your smartphone or tablet. You can also indulge in your favorite book and be swept away by words that capture you for hours. And with the Play Store, it can be daunting to find the right app for what you need. Luckily, we’re here to help. We’ve listed the best apps in the Play Store for reading books and syncing between devices. Hit the break to get started.

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Amazon announces pair of new deals for Kindle titles

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Amazon has announced a couple new deals on Kindle titles, one aimed at Prime members and another that will be available for all Amazon customers. The first of these is called Kindle First and will only be available to Amazon Prime members. Amazon will prepare a list of Kindle titles scheduled for release and give Prime members with an opportunity to download one for free up to a month in advance of its regular release. Amazon is hoping this benefit will help entice more customers to sign up for a Prime membership.

The second new program is called Countdown Deals. Publishers who opt-in to the program will make their titles available at a discount of at least one dollar. The titles must be exclusive to the Kindle platform to qualify. Users will access the page for the title and will see the discount price along with a countdown until the deal expires. This is hoped to get customers to make a quicker purchase decision.

source: TechnoBuffalo

Amazon to revamp Kindle Fire line with higher resolution displays and new design

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After the tablet craze started, Amazon jumped and and built a solid tablet lineup with the Kindle Fire, which is still one of the most dominant Android tablets in the market today, and according to BGR Amazon is going to make some major improvements to their tablets by the end of the year to stay competitive. There will be three new tablets to replace current models on the market, which includes the Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, and Kindle Fire HD 8.9″. » Read the rest

Conan O’Brien reveals cut rate Amazon device on his show

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You think you are up to speed on all of the news that came out of Amazon’s press event last week? Just waiting for your opportunity to lay your hands on one of Amazon’s new Kindle devices as a gift to yourself? Not so fast. Conan O’Brien broke some updated information from Amazon about a new $5 device – the Wendell. It has most of the features of a Kindle and for an extra $5, a feature exclusive to the Wendell. Check out the video after the break for this impressive device that is ready to “wow” the markets. » Read the rest

Amazon quietly working on a smartphone according to WSJ

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The Wall Street Journal has recently stated that anonymous Amazon parts suppliers have come forward with the news of a  smartphone tablet hybrid in the works. The Kindle Fone, as I like to call it, would look to bridge the gaps between smartphone, tablet and e-reader while no doubt offering Amazon’s awesome services right out of the box.

It would be safe to say that the Kindle Fone would certainly have Android software at heart with a customized UI similar to that of the Kindle Fire. All in all, I feel that there would be a lot of customers very interested in a Kindle Fone if and when it sees the light of day. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

source: wsj

New Kindle app update provides improved tablet support

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Popular e-reader app, Kindle for Android just put out a new update that looks to improve its functions for tablet users. The changelog for version 3.6.0 is as follows:

  • Tablet users: customize your reading experience with new margin and line spacing controls.
  • Tablet users: see two pages side-by-side in landscape mode.
  • Fixed a bug that required some users to re-register when returning to the app.
  • Several bug fixes.

So if you’re looking to get your read on today, be sure to hit the link below to grab the update.


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Kindle Fire Study: Bad Usability, Great Sales

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The folks over at Human Factors International, a company that specializes in user-centered design training and consulting, have published an interesting white paper about the increasingly popular Kindle Fire. Written by the CEO Eric Schaffer, the basic premise of the document states that even though the Fire has some fundamental usability issues with its user interface, it’s still a success for other reasons. What usability issues, you ask?

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Amazon’s New Kindle Ad Reminds Us Three Kindles Cost the Same as One iPad

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It looks like Samsung isn’t the only device manufacturer taking pot-shots at Apple whithin their latest TV commercials. From Sammy’s latest uber-expensive Galaxy Note commercial that aired during the Super Bowl, to Amazons most recent campaign for its eReaders.

Amazon just uploaded a new spot to YouTube today outlining the Kindle Fire‘s low price point when compared to the $499 base-priced iPad. The video explains that you can purchase a Kindle and two Kindle Fire’s for under the price of one silly iPad – and even have a little dough left over. Oh yeah, and if you see a hot mom sitting by herself next to the pool you should most definitely assume there is a husband near by. Cute Amazon… cute.

While this may be all fine and dandy, lets not forget about ASUS’ upcoming 7-inch beast. For $250 you will be able to buy their MeMO 370T that will pack a smokin’ fast quad-core processor and should definitely give the Kindle Fire a run for its money. Which would you prefer?

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