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Get $100+ worth of paid Android apps right now for free

By on June 27, 2014 at 9:55 AM.

Get $100+ worth of paid Android apps right now for free

We try to tell you as often as possible when good paid apps are made available for free, and today we’ve hit the mother lode. For a limited time, Amazon is offering more than $100 worth of paid Android apps for free in its popular Amazon Appstore portal. More →

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Amazon Best Customer Service

Amazon’s amazing customer service still finds ways to surprise you

By on June 23, 2014 at 2:20 PM.

Amazon’s amazing customer service still finds ways to surprise you

I was at this grim Helsinki airport hotel two days ago and decided to watch an old horror flick on my laptop since Finnish television stations were running wolverine documentaries and cooking shows. I ended up renting Don’t Look Now for $2.99 on Amazon to figure out whether it really was an overrated piece of pseudo-art or a horror masterpiece. I’m still not sure either way, but the movie was interesting enough. More →

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Amazon Fire Phone Vs. Galaxy S5

Why Samsung might actually be scared of the Fire Phone

By on June 23, 2014 at 8:15 AM.

Why Samsung might actually be scared of the Fire Phone

The general reaction to Amazon’s Fire Phone in the United States has been underwhelming to say the least, with some well-respected critics going so far as to say it’s “dead on arrival” and could be an even bigger flop than last year’s HTC-made Facebook phone. However, The Korea Times’ sources are hearing that local mobile powerhouses Samsung and LG are actually worried about the Fire Phone for reasons that seemingly don’t make a lot of sense. More →

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Amazon Fire Phone Discount

Here’s when you can expect to see a Fire Phone fire sale

By on June 20, 2014 at 4:48 PM.

Here’s when you can expect to see a Fire Phone fire sale

No matter how excited you are by the Fire Phone, it might be in your best interest to wait before you preorder. DealNews took a look back through its archives to try and find a pattern that the Fire Phone may end up following, and according to the data, “mainstream Android phones see a 50% discount just two months after their release” on average. Those deals are coming even sooner as the market becomes increasingly competitive. For example, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 was discounted by up to 55% one month after its release, and is currently on track to hit $0 (with a two-year contract) before Black Friday. More →

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Fire Phone Features: Firefly

The Fire Phone’s best feature may also be a crazy invasion of privacy

By on June 20, 2014 at 1:43 PM.

The Fire Phone’s best feature may also be a crazy invasion of privacy

The newly unveiled Fire Phone has at least one interesting feature – the smart, cloud-based Firefly assistant that can recognize objects, text, languages, TV shows and music tracks – that also happens to be a potentially major invasion of privacy, VentureBeat says. More →

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Acclaimed critic rips apart Amazon’s Fire Phone, calls it ‘dead on arrival’

By on June 20, 2014 at 12:00 PM.

Acclaimed critic rips apart Amazon’s Fire Phone, calls it ‘dead on arrival’

Bob Lefsetz is best known for his commentary on the music industry, but he branches out from time to time. The acclaimed critic’s analyses on consumer tech are most interesting to us, of course, and on Thursday night he set his sights on Amazon’s newly announced Fire Phone. More →

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Amazon Fire Phone Vs. HTC First

Could the Fire Phone be an even bigger dud than HTC’s Facebook phone?

By on June 20, 2014 at 11:12 AM.

Could the Fire Phone be an even bigger dud than HTC’s Facebook phone?

When T-Mobile CEO John Legere this week brutally compared Amazon’s Fire Phone to the HTC First, was he being optimistic? In a new video, popular YouTube gadget reviewer Marques Brownlee makes the case that the Fire Phone really might be as big of a dud as HTC’s Facebook-centric phone and might actually do worse because of Amazon’s pricing decisions. More →

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Amazon Fire Phone Vs iPhone

Amazon CEO Bezos explains why you should buy a Fire Phone instead of an iPhone

By on June 20, 2014 at 9:05 AM.

Amazon CEO Bezos explains why you should buy a Fire Phone instead of an iPhone

After years of rumors followed by a string of exclusive BGR reports that exposed nearly everything there was to know about Amazon’s first smartphone, the company finally unveiled the Fire Phone earlier this week. Despite its somewhat lackluster specs, the phone includes a good amount of unique technology and related features that might help justify its sky-high price point. Industry watchers had expected Amazon to use aggressive pricing as a key weapon, however, and many have now written off the phone’s chances as a result of its $650-$750 price tag.

In an interview following the Fire Phone’s unveiling, however, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made his case for the new handset and explained why he thinks it’s a better option than top rival phones. More →

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Amazon Fire Phone Sales

Amazon reportedly thinks it can ship 2-3 million Fire Phones in 2014

By on June 19, 2014 at 7:50 AM.

Amazon reportedly thinks it can ship 2-3 million Fire Phones in 2014

Amazon is already taking pre-orders for its new Fire Phone – although no matter how cool its features may be, it doesn’t mean we’re looking at the next big thing right here – and DigiTimes has apparently learned that the giant retailer has high hopes for its first smartphone ever. More →

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Amazon Smartphone Specs

Amazon just unveiled the most innovative smartphone of 2014 – here’s its biggest problem

By on June 18, 2014 at 3:35 PM.

Amazon just unveiled the most innovative smartphone of 2014 – here’s its biggest problem

Last year was a disappointingly boring year for smartphone fans. The Galaxy S4 was nothing special, the iPhone 5s was probably Apple’s least significant upgrade ever compared to the prior year’s iPhone, and there was really no consumer-facing innovation to speak of. Components got more powerful and technology certainly progressed in other areas, but all in all it was a pretty weak year.

Things seem to be moving in the right direction in 2015. Samsung’s Galaxy S5 was a bit of a disappointment but the HTC One (M8) was a gorgeous update and we even got a nice surprise from Huawei in the P7 Ascend. But neither of those phones offered any new and truly exciting features.

Instead, the only major smartphone innovations so far in 2014 have come from an unlikely source: Amazon. The problem, however, is that we’re not sure any of Amazon’s novel new smartphone features really matter. More →

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Fire Phone specs and features

Fire Phone specs and features: Everything you need to know

By on June 18, 2014 at 3:16 PM.

Fire Phone specs and features: Everything you need to know

Amazon on Wednesday unveiled its first ever Android handset, the Fire Phone – a device BGR exclusively reported on in the past months and which was an unsurprising move considering the company’s increased interest in mobile-related hardware and software. That said, here are the main specs and features of Amazon’s Fire Phone handset:

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Amazon Fire Phone Release Date

The Amazon phone is finally here: Amazon unveils the Fire Phone

By on June 18, 2014 at 1:53 PM.

The Amazon phone is finally here: Amazon unveils the Fire Phone

We’re not even going to suggest that you pretend to act surprised, but Amazon on Wednesday finally took the wraps off of one of the worst kept secrets in the industry: the Fire Phone. The phone has been in development for years and rumors have been bouncing around since 2012. Then, BGR blew the lid off the handset beginning in April, when we gave the world its first look at the device and reported several key specs.

BGR then exclusively shared a number of key details surrounding the phone’s custom software, shortly before reporting that “Prime Data” would be one of the smartphone’s key selling points. Finally, we gave the world an unobstructed look at the handset for the first time last month.

Now, the Fire Phone is finally official. More →

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BlackBerry Amazon App Store Deal

Long-suffering BlackBerry fans will finally get the apps they’ve been pining for

By on June 18, 2014 at 8:55 AM.

Long-suffering BlackBerry fans will finally get the apps they’ve been pining for

One major problem for BlackBerry over the past several years has been the huge app gap that its own BlackBerry World app store faces with Google Play and the iTunes App Store. Although some BlackBerry diehards have bravely insisted that BlackBerry World’s app selection is just fine to fit their needs, in the real world people want to have a big range of quality applications to choose from. More →

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