May 01, 2014 - 9:35 AM - by dgstorm
Here's an intriguing bit of news if you were looking to grab either of the LTE Kindle Fire HDX tablets for Verizon. Big Red themselves will supposedly be selling them soon. According to the latest intel from @evleaks, VZW will offer both the Kindle Fire HDX 7 & 8.9 versions. We recently got word that they would be adding the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 LTE and Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 LTE, so that makes four new LTE tablets.
There's no word on pricing or an availability timeframe just yet, but we expect something to be announced pretty soon. We will keep you updated with more intel as it hits.
Apr 25, 2014 - 10:30 AM - by dgstorm
It's never really been a secret that Amazon is planning to launch a smartphone at some point. In fact, most of the credible intel suggests it will launch later this summer. Most of the rumors have pegged the device to have some impressive new features, including an advanced form of 3D, head-tracking cameras, zero-touch controls, and several other new innovative ideas.
Despite these mystical sounding concepts, it turns out the most effective secret weapon in Amazon's mobile phone arsenal won't actually be the device itself. It will be something called "Prime Data." No actual details about this have leaked, but the smart speculation believes Amazon is simply planning to offer smartphone buyers free access to its various Prime-branded digital services. What this would effectively do is eliminate data usage for when you are using Amazon Prime specific apps and features. It might basically gives users free access to streaming movies, TV shows, music and other Amazon services over cellular data networks.
Alternative theories point to plans from Amazon with simply improved savings compared to typical smartphone data plans. This would depend on Amazon inking deals with different cell phone carriers, however. It's also probable that Amazon will simply start further developing and pushing their mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) concept. This would effectively leverage WiFi for much of the functionality of the phone including phone calls. Obviously this would only work in a limited capacity at first, but in time it could evolve to a point where cellular is squeezed out.
Either way, it will be interesting to see what new rabbit Amazon pulls out of their hat this time.
Apr 16, 2014 - 9:37 AM - by dgstorm
Although we are still scratching our head as to why Amazon would choose to use the gimmick of 3D in their upcoming Android-based smartphone, we aren't surprised that they want to bring a smartphone to market. It makes perfect sense for the mega-e-tailer to offer products which draw more customers into their ecosystem. For years we have heard rumors of an Amazon smartphone, and now we might just have the first pics of a real device from the company.
The above pic (and the others included in the thread below) are...
Continue Reading @: Amazon's 3D Smartphone Shows Up in Leaked Pictures
Apr 15, 2014 - 11:39 AM - by dgstorm
Amazon is having a "Spring Sale" on their Kindle Fire products. The 7-inch version of the Kindle Fire HDX is $30 bucks off across the board. This makes the 16GB model just $199, while the 32GB is $239 and the 64GB is $279. Both the AT&T and the Verizon LTE versions of the device are $299 for the 16GB model.
That's not all though. You can also grab the Kindle Fire HD 16GB model for $20 bucks off and a total price of $119. The 32GB version is just $10 bucks more at $129, which is probably the better deal considering.
Finally, the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9-inch version has been slashed by $40 bucks. This means just $339 for the 16GB version, $389 for the 32GB version and $439 for the 64GB version.
These sale prices are for a limited time only, and we aren't quite sure how long they will last, so check it out at the source link below if you would like to take advantage of these offers.
Source: Amazon - Kindle Fire HDX
Apr 02, 2014 - 9:59 AM - by dgstorm
While none of us here at HQ were surprised that Amazon just made this announcement, we were all surprised at the "out of the blue" timing of it. For some time there have been rumors that Amazon would be creating their own TV set-top box product to compete with Apple TV and Google TV and Google's Chromecast. Today those rumors were confirmed when Amazon officially announced Fire TV.
Fire TV is just what you would expect. It is a new device which plugs into your television lets you stream video content from the Internet. The primary focus of Fire TV will be Amazon Prime Video, and it will also support third-party content, like Netflix and Hulu Plus. Amazon even shared that apps like HBO Go and Showtime Anytime will be coming down the pike later.
As usual, the Fire TV will run a customized version of Android, just like the Kindle Fire tablet. Here are a few hardware specs of the device:
According to Amazon, more third-party apps will be coming to the Fire TV in May. This includes music apps like TuneIn, Pandora, & iHeartRadio. The device will be available to buy later today for $99, and a gaming controller for it will cost $39.99.
- Quad-core processor (supposedly is three times more powerful than Apple TV and other rival devices)
- 2GB of RAM
- Dedicated graphics processor
- Will ship with a tiny, plastic remote control that has only seven buttons and a directional pad
- Voice command search queries
- Support for Android gaming ( Amazon has launched a studio internally to develop in-house games)
Overall, this could be the surprise "sleeper" hit of 2014. What a nice surprise for a lazy Wednesday morning!
Be sure to hit up our dedicated section for the Fire TV over at our sister site, GoogleTVForum.org. You can find that section here: Kindle Fire TV
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