Sep 25, 2013 - 9:42 AM - by dgstorm
One of the cool things about Android is just how versatile and customizable it is. If it weren't for this, then our amazing modders, devs and tinkerers in the forums wouldn't be able to create the plethora of amazing ROMS and alterations we see everyday. Of course, because Android is so modifiable this also means that sometimes a manufacturer might just go off on a wide tangent by "forking" the base-line Android until it is practically unrecognizable. Sometimes that works out badly, but sometimes it works out well too.
As far as Amazon is concerned, they want Android on their Kindle Fire products to cater to their marketplace, so of course they have the most altered version of Android you can find on a device. They have taken this "skinned" version of Android to a whole new level with their new lineup of Kindle Fire HD and HDX products. They even have an internal codename for their OS which is, "Mojito." Here's a full run-down of everything that has changed or not changed in their newest 3.0 version of this OS.
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- Still no built-in official Google Play access - which is unsurprising
- UI is mostly the same but now also includes the more familiar grid-style layout that you can access with an upward swipe
- Swipe from the right, and you'll see Quick Switch, which lets you switch between different recently used pieces of content
- Mayday (on the HDX) - this is basically an on-line help module with a one-way video conference with a live support technician (you can see them, but they can't see you) - they can basically explain the features and functions of your device to you live in real-time
- Second Screen - allows you to "fling" content to your TV through a PlayStation 3 / 4 or Samsung smart TV. It doesn't actually stream from the tablet, but pulls it from the cloud - is fully integrated with their X-Ray functionality
- X-Ray is now for Movies, TV and Music, 3.0 now features lyrics licensed so you can see them whether online or not
- Reading Mode - turns off unnecessary processes while you are reading a book and can give you up to 17 hours of life on the HDX devices
- Support for wireless printing for documents, email with threaded messaging and support for enterprise services like VPN and Kerberos authentication
- Quiet Time will mute the device during certain times or activities, such as reading.
- Quick Switch gestures allow you to switch not only between different apps, but also between different pieces of content within the same app (such as books inside the reading app).
- Carousel and Grid — users can choose the layout of their home area, wth easy switching between the familiar carousel and a new grid mode.
- Cloud Collections — organize your applications, books, magazines and newspapers in the cloud. Amazon Whispersync synchronizes your catalog across any number of Kindle devices.
- 1-Tap Archive — free up space intelligently. The Fire OS can identify the things you haven't used recently and store them in your cloud with one tap to free up space.
- System-level social integration — Twitter and Facebook sharing done directly within the OS, including importation of your Facebook calendar and
Sep 25, 2013 - 9:08 AM - by dgstorm
For months we have seen rumor upon rumor and leak after leak regarding the next-generation Kindle-Fire HD products. Now Amazon decided to quell all of the speculation and innuendo with a full, official reveal. One of the most surprising new additions to the lineup is that they have revamped their "skinned" version of Android and now have their own name for the customized OS. They call it, Fire OS 3.0 “Mojito.” We will do a separate article with more details on this new development.
In the mean-time, here's the full skinny on their new tablet products.
First up we have their base model and most affordable product in the lineup, the Kindle Fire HD. This is the replacement for the previous generation Kindle Fire HD. With the launch of this new product we also have a statement from Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. He said, “Two years ago, we revolutionized the tablet industry with the breakthrough $199 price point for tablets—now we’re doing it again with the $139 price point.”
The pricing actually varies a bit for all of the models. Amazon will be offering a version in each storage category which will display ad supported special offers and specific screensavers on the lock screen. This will be the discounted model, while a model without the "special offers" will be a bit more. Here's a price breakdown for the two models of the Kindle Fire HD: The 8GB model with special offers is $139, but without special offers is $154. The 16GB model with special offers is $169, but without special offers it is $184.
Here's the spec and feature breakdown:
The next products we have in their lineup are the new higher-end fare. Amazon announced the Kindle Fire HDX series. They have the same specs except for differing screen sizes (with corresponding resolutions), different battery life and different cameras. Here's the scoop,
- 7-inch 1280×800 display
- Dual-core 1.5GHz processor (60% faster than the original)
- 8GB or 16GB of internal storage
- Dual stereo speakers
- Dual-band WiFi
- 10 hours of battery life (mixed use)
- Fire OS 3.0 “Mojito” (based on Android)
Here's the full price breakdown of the new HDX lineup, including the differences with and without the "special offers":
- The 7-inch model has 1920 x 1200 resolution
- The 8.9-inch model has 2560 x 1600 resolution
- Quad-Core 2.2 GHz processor
- Dual Stereo Speakers
- Dual-band, dual antenna MIMO WiFi
- Optional 4G LTE with AT&T or Verizon
- 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage
- 7-inch model has only a front camera, but the 8.9-inch has an 8MP rear camera too
- The 7-inch model promises 11 hours of mixed use on battery and the 8.9-inch gets 12 hours of mixed use
7-inch HDX WiFi-only
7-inch HDX WiFi + 4G
- With offers – 16GB for $229, 32GB for $269, 64GB for $309
- Without offers – 16GB for $244, 32GB for $284, 64GB for $324
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- With offers – 16GB for $329, 32GB for $369, 64GB for $409
- Without offers – 16GB for $344, 32GB for 384, 64GB for $424
Sep 11, 2013 - 9:49 AM - by dgstorm
We have some pics of the next generation Kindle-Fire HD from Amazon. Previously we have been able to share most of the specs of this device in rumors. If the rumors turn out to be true, the specs for the next generation Amazon Kindle Fire HD will be impressive, including a True HD display and a Snapdragon 800 processor. Along with the enhanced specs will come a completely new case design, which is what you can see in the pics detailed today.
Along with these pics, the intel also suggests we will see the 7-inch model released first, and it will likely come in the following few weeks. This would match up with Amazon's previous release around September of last year. We picked out the three best pics of the new device, but there is a small gallery with a few more which you can check out at the source link below. In the mean-time, sound off what you think of the new design from Amazon.
Sep 09, 2013 - 9:14 AM - by dgstorm
At the end of last week a new rumor hit the web regarding Amazon's supposed Android smartphone. The rumor suggested that not only was Amazon working on an Android smartphone, they were planning on offering it for FREE. Although we have previously reported rumors regarding a smartphone from Amazon, we didn't place much credence in this one and didn't report it because a FREE smartphone seems dubious at best. We wanted to find additional intel to back up this first report.
As it turns out we were right to be cautious. Not only is Amazon NOT working on a FREE smartphone, they came forward yesterday categorically denying they plan to bring out a smartphone at all this year. They also made it clear that even if they were working on a smartphone, they wouldn't offer it for free. Here's a quote with a statement from them,
This is actually the first time Amazon has even responded to reports they are working on a smartphone. While it is obviously sad news for some folks that Amazon isn't working on a smartphone for this year (let a lone a free one), their statement does leave a small window open. They didn't deny they were working on a phone, just that it would not be coming this year. We will continue to keep an eye on this and report anything we find, but in the mean-time, don't hold out hope we will see an Amazon smartphone anytime this year.
“We have no plans to offer a phone this year,” said the spokesman in an email on Sunday. “If we were to launch a phone in the future, it would not be free.”
Aug 16, 2013 - 10:19 AM - by dgstorm
A couple of weeks ago we found a juicy rumor regarding the next-gen Kindle Fire HD 8.9-Inch. Supposedly, the new device will come equipped with a Snapdragon 800 & 2,560 x 1,600 Display. A new benchmark just surfaced on the web which seemingly confirms this earlier rumor. Here's a quote with more of the details,
If Amazon can keep a low price point with a device with these specs, this could be ultra competitive. What do you think?
The results in question refer to a "Amazon KFAPWA" device with a reported Adreno 330 GPU, which by implication would likely mean a Snapdragon 800 SoC. The field that really leaps out, however, is that 2,560 x 1,600 resolution. If true, it could mean the 8.9-inch version is getting a bump from the previous iteration's 1,920 x 1,200 display.
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