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 →
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.
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 →
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 →
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:
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 →
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 →
It’s not every day that reporters get a peek inside one of Amazon’s warehouses, but thanks to a great article from Wired, we can get a sense of just how big these warehouses are. Wired was shown around one of Amazon’s massive “fulfillment centers” in Phoenix, Arizona, to show how Amazon has become a platform for third-party sellers, much as its Amazon Web Services (AWS) has become a platform for any company that uses the cloud, from small startups to Netflix. More →
If you don’t understand why Amazon is releasing its first smartphone as an exclusive device for AT&T, you aren’t alone. T-Mobile CEO John Legere took to Twitter on Tuesday to bash Amazon for its reported decision to go with AT&T as its exclusive carrier for the new smartphone it will unveil on Wednesday. More →
Amazon is about to unveil its first own-brand smartphone. Perhaps you’ve read about it. Maybe you’ve even seen it. And if you’ve done either, the odds are good whatever you’ve read or seen originated right here on BGR. We have reported a number of exclusive details surrounding the first Amazon phone, and we also gave the world its first look at the device. With Amazon seemingly set to unveil the phone during a press conference on Wednesday, now is the perfect time to take a look at all of the exclusive details we have reported over the past two months. More →
Last month amid a string of exclusive reports detailing just about everything there is to know about Amazon’s first smartphone, BGR reported that one of the handset’s key selling points will be a special data plan called “Prime Data.” Our sources were able to confirm as much, however details surrounding the special new plan were not known at the time. Multiple sources told us that Amazon’s phone would likely be an AT&T exclusive in the U.S., and they speculated that Prime Data could be an offering that provides free streaming of Prime videos and music that will not apply toward users’ data caps.
Now, one of the last few puzzle pieces has fallen into place. More →
After some very revealing leaks earlier in the year, Amazon is now just days away from unveiling its one-of-a-kind 3D smartphone and the online retailer is already looking for ways to convert customers in a very crowded market. Amazon published a press release on Monday announcing that the Amazon Appstore now contains over 240,000 apps, tripling its content over the past year. Amazon’s digital currency, Amazon Coins, have also been hugely popular with games and services in the Appstore. More →
Some people like Amazon’s new Prime Music service and think it’s a nice value-add for current Amazon Prime subscribers. Others think it’s a lackluster offering that can’t hold a candle to similar services on the market. And some people think Prime Music is an absolute disaster that is horrible for musicians and undermines the industry’s efforts to keep music profitable. More →