A new study conducted by Pew Research showed that half of all adults in the United States now own either a smartphone or tablet computer, the Associated Press reports. The research firm believes its findings have “major implications for how news will be consumed and paid for” in the future, with nearly 20% of mobile news respondents revealing that they paid for an online subscription within the last year. About half of the tablet news readers said they now spend more time consuming news, while nearly a third of readers claimed that they are also receiving news from sources they didn’t use before. More →
If anyone’s going to pose a real challenge to Apple (AAPL) in the tablet space, it looks as though it will have to be Amazon (AMZN). J.D. Power has released its latest tablet customer satisfaction study and has found that Amazon’s Kindle Fire is the only tablet within striking distance of Apple’s iPad, although it notes that the Kindle Fire’s only advantage over the iPad is its low price while the iPad holds the edge for performance, ease of operation, features, style and design. More →
Following Amazon’s (AMZN) announcement of its new Kindle Fire tablets, it was revealed that all models would display advertisements on their lock screens. The feature, known as “Special Offers,” was previously reserved for select Kindle models sold at lower price points. The retail giant does not plan to offer ad-free versions of its new Kindle Fire tablets, which left many people outraged. There is no need to fret, however, as Amazon reportedly confirmed to an Engadget reader that an option to remove the ads “will be announced soon” — although users may be forced to pay a little extra to remove ads from the tablet.
UPDATE: An Amazon spokesperson confirmed to CNET that “there will be no way to buy out of the Special Offers ads.”
UPDATE 2: Amazon seems to have had a change of heart and has now confirmed that users will have the ability to opt-out of Special Offers ads for $15. More →
Amazon (AMZN) decided not to discuss it at Thursday’s press event, but all three of Amazon’s new Kindle Fires — the new 7-inch tablet, 7-inch HD tablet and 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD — will come with “Special Offers” a.k.a. advertisements on their lock screens, The Verge reports. Previously reserved only for select Kindle eReader models and removable for a $30 fee, the promotions and ads on the new Fire tablets will be unavoidable for the time being. Amazon has historically used Special Offer devices to subsidize its Kindle devices and the new Fires will no different. While the “Special Offers” could upset some users, there’s no denying that Amazon’s $299 price point for the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD could make it worthwhile for users to deal with the ads. The Kindle Paperwhite eReader will be ad-supported as well according to Amazon.
Online retail giant Amazon (AMZN) is widely expected to unveil a number of new Kindle devices at its big press event next week, including a sequel to its Kindle Fire tablet. Although previous rumors had suggested that Amazon planned to launch a larger 8.9 or 10-inch version of the Kindle Fire, CNET is reporting that the company will instead announce an upgraded 7-inch tablet and a slightly revamped version of the original Fire. The high-end 7-inch model will feature various hardware improvements such as a faster processor, physical volume controls, an HDMI port and (finally!) the addition of a camera. More →
Amazon (AMZN) isn’t taking Google’s (GOOG) Nexus 7 challenge lying down. Unnamed sources have told Reuters that Amazon’s next-generation Kindle Fire tablet will include Nokia’s (NOK) location capabilities and map services in its next-generation Kindle Fire. Amazon’s decision to partner with Nokia instead of developing its own mapping service or incorporating Google Maps would give Nokia a much-needed boost in the run up to launching its first Windows Phone 8 devices next month. More →
A purported photo of Amazon’s (AMZN) next-generation Kindle Fire tablet was published on Thursday by The Verge. The shape of the tablet pictured is a departure from the original model in terms of proportions, suggesting this may be the widely rumored 10-inch model. No other information can be ascertained from the image beyond the presence of a front-facing camera. BGR exclusively reported in June that Amazon is prepping at least two new Kindle Fire tablets — a 10-inch model and an updated 7-inch version — and the slates are said to feature new designs and metal cases. Amazon is holding a press conference next week to unveil its next-generation tablets.
UPDATE: The Verge is now saying the tablet pictured in above might be an old prototype and not a next-generation Kindle Fire. More →
Looking for a cheap Amazon (AMZN) Kindle Fire as a back-to-school gift? Well, don’t: Amazon says that it has completely sold out of the first-generation Kindle Fire as it prepares to launch the next-generation Kindle Fire sometime this fall. Although Amazon isn’t releasing any specific numbers for how many Kindle Fires have been sold, the company says that the tablet has been its best-selling product since its release last fall. The Kindle Fire made it fashionable to launch seven-inch Android tablets that sell in the $200 range after its release, culminating in Google’s (GOOG) popular Nexus 7 that launched this summer. Amazon’s full press release follows below. More →
Amazon (AMZN) on Thursday sent invitations to the media for a press conference on September 6th in Santa Monica, California. While the topic of discussion was not revealed in the company’s invitations, it is widely believed that Amazon will finally unveil its next-generation Kindle Fire tablets. BGR exclusively reported in June that Amazon was prepping two new tablets, an updated 7-inch slate to replace the current Kindle Fire and a brand new 10-inch tablet that Amazon he been working on for more than a year.
It’s official: people really do like their tablets. The latest survey of around 6,000 tablet users from comScore found that tablet users on the whole are more satisfied with their tablets than with smartphones, and that Apple’s (AAPL) iPad and Amazon’s (AMZN) Kindle Fire score particularly high among owners. ComScore asked participants to rank their satisfaction with their tablets on a scale of 1 to 10 and found that the iPad scored a survey-high 8.8, just barely edging out the Kindle Fire’s score of 8.7. The Kindle Fire was by far the highest-ranking Android tablet in the survey, as all other Android tablets combined for an average score of 8.2. More →
Staples (SPLS) president Demos Parneros has gone on record in stating that Amazon (AMZN) has plans to introduce as many as six new Kindle Fire tablets. Reuters on Monday reports that Amazon has plans to add up to five or six new tablet SKUs to its lineup. According to the report, Parneros confirmed that the Kindle Fire tablets will vary in size, and will include at least one 10-inch tablet model. BGR exclusively reported last month that Amazon is prepping at least two new Kindle Fire tablets, a new 10-inch model and an updated 7-inch tablet with a redesigned case. A separate report suggested that Amazon will launch new Kindle Fire slates early next month. More →
BGR first reported that Amazon was developing a 10-inch Kindle Fire more than a year ago. The tablet, code-named “Hollywood,” was powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor and was shaping up to be a high-end counterpart to 7-inch Kindle Fire, which was code-named “Coyote.” Numerous reports covering the device have emerged since then, and BGR recently reported additional exclusive details surrounding the 10-inch slate, which may finally launch this summer. Now, buried within a report claiming Apple is prepping a smaller iPad tablet, The New York Times claims to have confirmed that the larger Kindle Fire tablet is in development. The paper provided no additional details but with new reports piling up each week, a 10-inch Kindle Fire announcement could come as soon as this month. More →
Amazon on Wednesday announced a new social gaming service called GameCircle for its Kindle Fire tablet. The app, which features gaming achievements and leaderboards, is similar to Apple’s Game Center on its iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. GameCircle can also automatically save a player’s in-game progress to the cloud and allow them to pick-up exactly where they left off. “Our goal is to give developers great tools to quickly and easily reach new customers and keep them engaged. That’s why we’re creating easy-to-integrate APIs for features like leaderboards, achievements and sync. We also introduced In-App Purchasing API in April, allowing developers to offer a seamless 1-Click purchasing experience within their apps and games, and we’re just getting started,” said Paul Ryder, Vice President of Apps, Games, and Services at Amazon. “GameCircle gives developers the right tools to build an immersive, more entertaining experience on Kindle Fire, which will ultimately help developers grow their business.” A video showcasing Amazon’s GameCircle follows below. More →