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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Amazon Appstore Adds In-App Purchasing

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 10:00 AM

"...devs can now take advantage of the familiar revenue booster already available in the iOS App Store and Google Play, through the use of the Amazon Appstore In-App Purchasing API."

One of my favorite things about Android is the way you're not forced to get apps from one place. Amazon Appstore has been around for just over a year now and it's come a long way. It seems to have tons of apps and now with in-app purchasing it should be attractive to some developers who may have been holding out. Another feature they added recently was the ability to up the download limit over 3G from 20MB to 50MB. It's still 20MB by default but instead of just smaller options, they have added a 50MB option.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Amazon Black Friday Deal: Any Smartphone for a Penny!

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 01:00 PM

"Though brick-and-mortar stores might wait until after Thanksgiving to bring discounts into effect, online retailers are kicking things off earlier with sales and special deals going on all week. Amazon is among them with its latest deal that will see all of its Sprint, Verizon and AT&T smartphones reduced to just a penny."

It's no joke people! Sure, you need a new contract but 0.01 is all you pay for any Android (maybe other) Smartphone! I checked and it not only has old faithfuls like the Droid Incredible 2, Atrix, and Nexus S 4G but it includes brand new high-end models like the HTC Rezound and Droid Razr! If you're in the market for a new Android Phone you need to check this out now! The deal is good through CyberMonday - November 28.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Amazon Expects to Ship 5M+ Kindle Fire Tablets in Q4

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 09:30 AM

"Amazon could be on track to ship as many as 5 million Kindle Fire tablets in the fourth quarter, according to an analyst who tracks the market."

Impressive pre-order numbers bode well for the Kindle Fire tablet. Predictions for sales have already risen from 4M to 5M, according to one analyst. This is a little under half of what Apple expects to ship in the same time period. Apple ships about 12M iPad 2 tablets per quarter, according to this same analyst. Kindle Fire shipping is expected to begin around November 15th. The biggest reported gotcha is a potential shortage of 7-inch displays, with ASUS and HTC also competing for a (currently) limited supply. I've pre-ordered mine, and now we wait!

Friday, July 15, 2011

The Amazon Tablet Cometh! (Maybe This Fall)

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 05:00 PM

"According to the Wall Street Journal's sources, Amazon is planning to introduce a 9" tablet computer before October that will place it head-to-head against Apple's iPad."

More rumblings of the upcoming Amazon tablet, this time from the Wall Street Journal who have somewhat become the official way to leak new product information. This time the rumor puts a 9" Android powered tablet directly from Amazon landing sometime before October. I think this device could be a killer if it is not too locked down to Amazon's services... which it most likely will be. Only time will tell if this device will appeal to the masses (and the tech geeks).

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Amazon Cloud Player: Unlimited Music Storage (As Long As You Pay)

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Software" @ 09:00 PM

"If you're a paying member of Amazon Cloud Drive, you've been enjoying free music storage for Amazon MP3 purchases. Now when you upload any MP3 or AAC music, however, that won't count against your storage either."

Well that's one way to keep up with what Google Music is offering. Though I won't be renewing my free year of the 20 GB storage plan with Amazon. I'll keep storing my Amazon MP3 purchases there but the overall playback experience is quite lacking in my opinion. Besides, Google is giving me storage space for free. This is nice though for those who pay for the larger storage plans. Any paying Cloud Drive costumers out there?

Amazon Appstore A Mobile Train Wreck?

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Talk" @ 10:00 AM

"Amazon's Android Appstore is a "disaster," says Swedish game developer BitHack in a scathing blog post (via GigaOm)."

I know from a user stand point the Amazon Appstore falls quite short when compared to the Android Market but it appears to be just as lacking from a developer standpoint. Everything from long app approval times even for updates to changing the prices the developer wants to charge for the app. Not really a good way to win the hearts and minds of developers around the world Amazon.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Amazon Android Tablet Release Possible as Early as August

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 09:30 AM

"Amazon is poised to step into tablet PCs and will launch models as soon as August-September, with targeted global sales of four million units for 2011, according to Taiwan-based component makers."

Could this be the for Android Tablets what the Motorola Droid was for Android Phones? Amazon/Verizon Droid/Kindle - all some names with muscle behind them! We'll have to see. Now that Honeycomb has been cleaned up a little with Version 3.1 and more and more tablet optimized Android apps are released every day this fall could be a good time for a well respected company to release some good Android tablet hardware! The info from the source basically says Amazon wants to hit the Christmas season and it will use a TI CPU/GPU instead of the more common Tegra 2. I think that could be a good thing with rumors suggesting the TI processor has better GPU performance. It also mentions that Amazon will provide movie streaming services for it. Are you holding out to buy a tablet until you see what Amazon releases? What do you think about Amazon getting into the full-featured tablet business?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

What's Your Digital Convenience Price Threshold?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 08:00 AM

In the tug of war between atoms and bits, how much does it take to sway you one way or another? Digital download or buying DVDs - which way do you roll? I bought the first episode of "Breaking Bad" on iTunes a few weeks ago, watched it yesterday, and enjoyed it quite a bit. Since I don't currently have an active account (it's a DVD rental service) I'd be looking at buying Breaking Bad season one. How do the numbers work out? Read more...

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Amazon Tablet: Possibly a "Disruptor in the Mobile Space?"

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 04:30 PM

"It's something of an open secret that Amazon is working on an Android tablet and I am 99% certain they are having Samsung build one for them. Does the world really need yet another tablet? If it were anyone else, I'd say no, but I think Amazon is uniquely positioned to layer in a set of products and services that would differentiate its tablet from the flood of Android tablets hitting the market this year. "

Some great thoughts to ponder. Amazon is not a technology company, despite the success of the Kindle. But, they do have an excellent 'ecosystem' already in place, and adding their various services to a basic tablet OS (like Android) can be done at a reasonable cost. Comparisons are being made to the color NOOK, the thinking being that Amazon can create their own tablet OS (rather than going to Google), add their content, avoid the Android Market by substituting their own, and get a product to market for a reasonable price. Need an app? Amazon has one. An obvious target is the iPad, and if Amazon can seriously undercut the entry-level price, with all their various services on-board, they may truly have a market disruptor. Despite having an office full of gadgets, I still go back to my Kindle for my pleasure reading, so I eagerly await more news from Amazon.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Wolfram Alpha Is Free - Today Only!

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Software" @ 03:50 AM

Can you solve complex equations in your head? Do you know what your mother's brother's child's child is (in relation to you?)? What about the element that corresponds to the abbreviation Au? Well Wolfram Alpha knows, and today via Amazon, it's dropped it's $1.99 pricetag. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

PicSay Pro Available For Free Today on Amazon

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Software" @ 04:00 AM

PicSay Pro may have been my first purchase in the Android Market, and it's easy to see why - all the features of regular PicSay plus more (including high-res export). A great fun app, and available today for free on Amazon!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Amazon Frees Ad-less Angry Aviaries

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Software" @ 08:00 AM

Hey - in case you missed it a few weeks back, Angry Birds Rio is back on the "freebie of the day" list at Amazon. This is the ad-free version, for those of you who don't like your ads to get in the way of your bird bombings!

Amazon Appstore Launched; Includes a Free App Everyday

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Software" @ 07:59 AM

"Amazon has officially launched its own application store for the Android mobile operating system."

Amazon has introduced their own Android Appstore which is similar to the Google Market. Installation of the Appstore is a bit complex but Amazon provides good instructions on their website to get you through. Also Amazon has included a very nice incentive to use their store: a different free paid app everyday! So if you check everyday, you can stock your app library full of great apps for free. Some of the free apps of the day have already included Shazam, Angry Birds Rio and Weather Bug Elite. Check it out and start building your app library!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Amazon Cloud Player And Cloud Drive: Keep Your Music And Everything Else In Amazon's Cloud

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android News" @ 04:00 PM

Well, ain't that a kick in the teeth? Look who managed to get their cloud based music service out the door first. I am very excited about this as I get all my music from Amazon already. Now I can also leave a copy in the cloud at no additional cost. The service works very well so far. I purchased an album from my phone just to see how it works. The purchase went through as normal but pretty much skipped the download phase. This option can be changed though to just download your music as you did before but why? I discovered that music you buy through the Amazon MP3 store does NOT count towards your 5GB of storage space! So I will have all my purchases saved into the cloud from now on. It's just one button press to download it to your phone like it used to. Once purchased the tracks can be played through your Android device in the Amazon MP3 app or from any computer using a web browser. It is also worth noting if you buy an album from the Amazon store before the end of this year you will get your storage space upgraded to 20GB for one year from the date of purchase. For FREE!

Other than buying music from Amazon you can upload any of your already purchased music or any music you've ripped into Cloud Player. This, of course, does count against your total storage space. I really wish I could retroactively upload all the music I've already purchased from Amazon into that "doesn't count against my storage space" location. One really neat thing though is that Amazon allows you to use your storage space to upload any type of file you want. They provide a nice web interface much like Dropbox where you can upload files from your hard drive. They call this Cloud Drive. While there are no sync features as with Dropbox the upgraded storage plans are about half the price. Something you may want to consider if you need a big chunk of cloud storage. This is pretty much a no-brainer for anyone who already uses Amazon for their music needs but is it enough to sway people away from iTunes or from what ever magical music service Google has up their sleeves?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Amazon Android Appstore Opens, Sends Angry Birds Rio Your Way For Free

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android News" @ 06:30 AM

The Amazon App Store is open for all, and it has a special treat for those who download today - Angry Birds Rio is 99 cents off today (a.k.a. FREE). So head over, check out what Amazon has to offer, and score some angry birdies for your R&R time today!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Amazon App Store Comes On Tuesday

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android News" @ 08:00 AM

"Retail giant Amazon is preparing to launch its own app store on the Android platform on Tuesday, March 22, a trusted source told First leaked in September, Amazon’s Android app store will be a curated market, meaning Amazon reviewers will determine which apps are allowed inside, similar to Apple’s iTunes App Store. That’s a contrast to Google’s “anything goes” policy for apps that appear in the Android Marketplace."

Curated marketplace is an interesting concept for Android, and I'm curious to see if this is flocked to by users looking for "better" apps. Although I suspect survival of the fittest works well in the normal Marketplace. An interesting experiment set to launch by Amazon this week.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Amazon (Briefly) Posts Apps and Prices

Posted by Kevin Jackson in "Android Software" @ 11:00 AM

"This morning, just for funzies, I entered in the address bar and found myself on a site with a horizontal slider. 48 apps were shown there. Clicking on one of them doesn't lead anywhere but the home page. It doesn't matter, if you try it on a desktop or mobile browsers."

Well, now, isn't this interesting. Just a day after Rovio announces that Angry Birds Rio is coming exclusively to the Amazon Appstore and then reveals a date of March 22nd for the release of the app, Amazon itself outs a list of apps on their own site, complete with pricing. Frank over at has put together a list of the apps he saw, along with their Amazon and Market pricing and, if these prices hold true, it looks like a few bargains may be possible, with most prices being right in line with current Market ones. Sadly the page no longer appears to be live, so we need to wait at least a little longer.

Fuel for the fire for those eagerly awaiting the launch of Amazon's Appstore.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Angry Birds Paid Editions to Launch Exclusively in Amazon's App Store

Posted by Kevin Jackson in "Android Software" @ 09:00 AM

"Angry Birds Rio is coming to Android soon, but not the Android Market. The next installment of one of the best Android games will launch exclusively in the Amazon Appstore . . . . Exactly when that launch takes place is unknown. Amazon says only that the Amazon Appstore will open “very soon.” Considering that the Angry Birds Rio animated movie hits theaters April 15, I’m guessing early April would be great for a movie tie-in promotion."

This is quite a coup for the Amazon Appstore. Angry Birds is one of the most popular apps out there, with over 100 million downloads on all platforms and 30 million on Android, alone. This also hints at a possible release date for the Appstore itself, which has been a source of speculation for some weeks now.
According to an update to the linked article, it looks like we'll also be seeing paid versions of the original Angry Birds and Angry Birds Seasons in addition to the new Rio edition, all exclusive to the Appstore. Does this mean that Android users will finally have access to the Mighty Eagle enhancement, as well? It will be interesting to see what the conversion rate is for users switching to the paid version of the currently free, ad-support versions of the first two games.
So, two bits of exciting news here; a new Angry Birds app and the Amazon Appstore launching soon. Are you excited about this? What will a competitor to the Android Market mean for Android users? Is this proof of the fragmentation of the Android world, or proof of its openness? Will you hardcore Angry Birds users be updating to the paid version of the app? Let us know at the "Discuss" link.

UPDATE: An update on Rovio's Twitter account says that the Rio edition will be launching on March 22nd. It looks like we won't have much longer to wait for the Amazon Appstore.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Amazon Appstore: Buy Before You Try?

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android News" @ 09:00 PM

"As Amazon nears the launch of its Android Appstore, it has provided an update to developers that focuses on a seamless buying experience for the customer."

One of the tidbits released by Amazon about it's new Android Appstore is that customers will actually be able to buy apps before they even have their Android device. So you can order your phone or tablet through Amazon then immediately start buying apps for your new toy. All you will need to do is sign into the Amazon Appstore when your new device arrives and all of your apps will download automatically. This is some what interesting but really not all the surprising if you consider how the Kindle works. Do you think the power of Amazon can sustain a third party app market or will the Amazon Appstore be DoA?

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Kindle: Coming Soon To A Tablet Near You

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Software" @ 06:00 PM

"New tablet computers coming in 2011 will have access to Amazon's free "Buy Once, Read Everywhere" apps that let readers choose from over 775,000 Kindle books and read them across the most popular devices and platforms"

According to Amazon, 2011 will be the season of the tablet or at least it seems that way. Amazon recently announced that they will release tablet specific versions of their Kindle software for Android and Windows powered tablets. Not that the current app doesn't work fine on most Android tablets but the phone interface can feel a bit big on some of the larger screens out there. It will be nice to see official higher resolution support with all of these tasty Android tablets we expect to see come our way this year!

Tags: amazon, tablet, kindle

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