Amazon announces Apple-like GameCircle for Kindle Fire [video]

By on July 11, 2012 at 8:05 PM.

Amazon announces Apple-like GameCircle for Kindle Fire [video]

Amazon GameCircle Kindle Fire

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 →

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Watch out, Nexus 7 – Android 4.1 Jelly Bean ported to Kindle Fire [video]

By on July 11, 2012 at 1:10 PM.

Watch out, Nexus 7 – Android 4.1 Jelly Bean ported to Kindle Fire [video]

Kindle Fire Jelly Bean Port

The latest version of the Android operating system, known as Jelly Bean, has been ported to the Kindle Fire. Along with having the same price, Amazon’s slate features a similar form factor as Google’s newly announced 7-inch tablet, the Nexus 7. The Kindle Fire, however, runs a heavily skinned version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread and only has access to Amazon’s Appstore, rather than Google’s Google Play marketplace. The port, which was created by XDA-Developers forum member Hashcode, is in an early beta stage and not functional enough for daily use. Nevertheless, it highlights the tablet’s hackability and opens it up to more than 600,000 apps on Google’s Play Store. More →

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Kindle Fire successor to launch in Q3 featuring an HD display

By on July 9, 2012 at 9:30 PM.

Kindle Fire successor to launch in Q3 featuring an HD display

Amazon Kinde Fire 2 Specs

As Amazon’s Kindle Fire nears its end-of-life cycle, sales have begun to fizzle since its explosive debut quater late last year. Numerous reports that have trickled out over the last few months claiming the retail giant is planning to launch a successor to its widely popular tablet in the near future, however. BGR exclusively reported in June that Amazon will soon announce new 7- and 10-inch tablets. We were told that the design of the new 7-inch Kindle Fire has been “vastly improved,” and it will be thinner and feature a metal casing in place of the soft-touch plastic body found on the current-generation. According to sources speaking with AllThingsD, Amazon’s upcoming slate will also feature a built-in camera and a high-resolution 1280 x 800 display — the same one found on Google’s Nexus 7. The company will reportedly debut its Kindle Fire successor in the coming months, with a launch slated for late in the third quarter. More →

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Amazon’s next-generation Kindle Fire to launch in August, says China Times

By on July 4, 2012 at 4:20 PM.

Amazon’s next-generation Kindle Fire to launch in August, says China Times

Amazon Kindle Fire 2 Release Date

Amazon isn’t taking Google’s Nexus 7 challenge lying down. Per UnwiredView, the China Times is reporting that Amazon has ordered 2 million new Kindle Fire units for possible release on August 7. Amazon is only ordering 7-inch versions of its Android-based tablet for the time being, with 8.9-inch and 10-inch versions of the device launching at a later time according to the report. The release of Google’s own Nexus 7 tablet has put some added pressure on Android tablet OEMs, especially since it has matched the $200 price benchmark that Amazon established with the original Kindle Fire. More →

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Nexus 7 crushes Kindle Fire’s battery performance, says iFixit

By on July 3, 2012 at 8:15 PM.

Nexus 7 crushes Kindle Fire’s battery performance, says iFixit

Nexus 7 Teardown Battery Performance

The repair wizards at iFixit have gotten hold of Google’s Nexus 7 tablet and have found that it absolutely bludgeons Amazon’s rival Kindle Fire tablet in terms of battery performance. According to iFixit, Google’s new tablet has “a 4326 mAh, 16 Wh battery that can last 9:49 hours” or more than two hours longer than the Kindle Fire, which “has a 4400 mAh, 16.28 Wh battery ” that “only lasts 7:42 hours.” More →

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Amazon eyes Apple’s new maps, acquires 3D mapping startup UpNext

By on July 3, 2012 at 1:15 PM.

Amazon eyes Apple’s new maps, acquires 3D mapping startup UpNext

Amazon Acquires UpNext

Amazon on Monday reportedly closed a deal to acquire 3D mapping startup UpNext, according to GigaOM. The acquisition will thrust the retail giant into new territory, and may add increased pressure to Google and Apple, both of which have their own in-house mapping services. While the current-generation Kindle Fire doesn’t include a GPS radio, the UpNext acquisition could mean Amazon will include the feature to offer native mapping capabilities on its upcoming 7- and 10-inch tablets. UpNext, which was founded in 2007 by four high school friends, has reportedly been pursued by other major tech companies as well. Its maps are available for the iPhone, iPad and on Android devices, and are available in 50 cities, 23 of which include “enhanced details.” The terms of the deal were not reported. More →

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Amazon prepping two new Kindle Fire tablets with improved build, metal casing

By on June 28, 2012 at 10:10 AM.

Amazon prepping two new Kindle Fire tablets with improved build, metal casing

Amazon is working on not one, but two new Kindle Fire tablets that will launch in the coming months. Earlier reports suggested that Amazon will announce a new addition to its Kindle Fire lineup late next month and while we cannot speak to the timing of Amazon’s upcoming announcements, BGR has confirmed that Amazon is indeed finally readying the launch of its 10-inch tablet. More →

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Amazon’s next Kindle Fire tablet to be announced next month

By on June 26, 2012 at 2:40 PM.

Amazon’s next Kindle Fire tablet to be announced next month

Amazon Kindle Fire 2 Release Date

Amazon intends to unveil its next-generation Kindle Fire tablet next month according to a recent report. Citing anonymous sources, CNET reported this week that Amazon’s Kindle Fire sequel will be announced on July 31st. Additional details were scarce, though the website claims that the next Kindle Fire will include a camera, physical volume controls and 8GB of internal storage. Earlier reports stated that Amazon’s next-generation Kindle Fire tablet will launch in the third quarter this year, and will feature a 10-inch display. BGR exclusively reported last year that Amazon was developing two tablets, a 7-inch “Coyote” slate with a dual-core processor that launched as the Kindle Fire in November, and a 10-inch “Hollywood” tablet that is powered by a quad-core processor. More →

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Amazon may slash Kindle Fire price to $149 with new models on the way

By on June 15, 2012 at 1:05 PM.

Amazon may slash Kindle Fire price to $149 with new models on the way

Amazon Kindle Fire Rumor Price Cut

Amazon’s cheap Android tablet may soon get even cheaper. DigiTimes has talked with upstream supply chain sources who say that new Kindle Fire tablets are on the way and that the current Kindle Fire model could see its price cut to $149. The newer Kindle Fire, it seems, will be much like the original 7-inch Kindle Fire but with its screen resolution boosted to 1280 x 800 pixels. DigiTimes also reports that Amazon has stopped production of its planned 8.9-inch Kindle Fire model, although it still expects the 10.1-inch Kindle Fire model to go on sale some time within the next year. The Kindle Fire was initially a hot seller in the United States but demand has since tapered off and usage has even been overtaken by Barnes & Noble’s rival Nook tablet. More →

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Nook Tablet tops Kindle Fire traffic share, iPad still dominates market with 91%

By on June 14, 2012 at 7:45 PM.

Nook Tablet tops Kindle Fire traffic share, iPad still dominates market with 91%

Nook Tablet Kindle Fire Market Share

Apple’s iPad may be alone at the top when it comes to tablet traffic, but some movement down at the bottom earlier this month is raising a few eyebrows. Barnes & Noble’s Nook Tablet has been a quiet success story ever since it first launched in 2010 as the Nook Color, and it looks like the eReader/tablet combo still has some fight left in it. Amazon’s Kindle Fire has garnered far more attention than its B&N counterpart since it launched late last year, but according to ad network Chitika, the Nook Tablet’s share of traffic across its massive network recently surpassed that of the Kindle Fire. Barnes & Nobles tablet was responsible for 20% more traffic than the Kindle Fire between June 4th and June 10th of this year, but the two are still fighting over scraps — Apple’s iPad claimed 91.07% of all tablet traffic during that period, while the Nook Tablet and Kindle Fire accounted for 0.85% and 0.71%, respectively. More →

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Amazon Appstore coming to Europe this summer, Kindle Fire may follow

By on June 13, 2012 at 2:00 AM.

Amazon Appstore coming to Europe this summer, Kindle Fire may follow

Amazon Appstore European Launch

Amazon’s Appstore for Android is reportedly nearing a European launch, marking the first time the store will be available outside the United States, according to AllThingsD. Some time next week, the Internet giant will announce that it will begin accepting submissions from developers in the near future, with the store expected to go live later this summer. Similar to the Appstore, Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet is also only available in the U.S., however the report indicates that the Seattle-based company could soon offer the device overseas. Amazon’s tablet saw an explosive debut quarter, capturing almost 14% of the U.S. tablet market, but since then sales have begun to fizzle and the company may be looking to offer the slate to a wider audience. Amazon launched its Appstore in the U.S. in March of last year, almost eight months before the Kindle Fire went on sale. The timetable for a possible European Fire launch is unknown. More →

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HBO GO now available for Amazon Kindle Fire

By on June 6, 2012 at 10:55 PM.

HBO GO now available for Amazon Kindle Fire

Amazon Kindle Fire HBO GO

HBO on Wednesday announced that its popular video streaming app HBO GO has launched for the Amazon Kindle Fire. Available immediately as a free download for Amazon’s tablet in the Amazon Appstore, HBO GO allows HBO subscribers with service through certain cable providers to stream HBO content such as Game of Thrones, True Blood, The Sopranos and a variety of movies to their mobile devices. “We are thrilled to offer HBO GO to the growing community of millions of Kindle Fire owners,” said Aaron Rubenson, director of the Amazon Appstore. “The HBO GO app will offer instant access to HBO’s incredible lineup of shows. Kindle Fire owners already download and use apps and games frequently on their devices, and we expect that only to increase with the addition of HBO GO and all of its popular content.” HBO’s full press release follows below. More →

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Apple continues to dominate tablet market, Kindle Fire demand fizzles

By on June 5, 2012 at 7:30 AM.

Apple continues to dominate tablet market, Kindle Fire demand fizzles

Apple iPad

ABI Research on Monday revealed the results of a its latest study concerning the global tablet market, which grew a whopping 185% year-over-year. The research firm found that Apple’s iPad continued to dominate the market, and after an explosive debut quarter, demand for Amazon’s Kindle Fire has begun to slow. Manufacturers shipped more than 18 million tablets in the first quarter of 2012, with Apple accounting for 11.8 million devices, or nearly 65% of the market. Shipments of Amazon’s Kindle Fire “fizzled” allowing Samsung to ship the most Android tablets, although it still only managed to move 1.1 million units. “A pattern similar to smartphones is also occurring in tablets,” said Jeff Orr, ABI Research group director of consumer research. “Apple and Samsung have demonstrated staying power while other tablet vendors ebb and flow like the tide.” The research firm found that only two manufacturers saw shipments increase in the first quarter over the same period a year earlier: Research In Motion, which saw shipments of its PlayBook tablet grow 233%, and Lenovo. ABI’s press release follows below. More →

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