Amazon can't be too pleased with the first batch of Fire Phone reviews. The smartphone's more outlandish technology works, certainly - Dynamic Perspective tracks your face; Firefly snaps and searches for your products - but the takeaway nonetheless has been "so what?" Amazon can't complain too loudly, however: it only has itself to blame.
When Amazon wades into a new segment, competitors take note, and few devices have been so nervously anticipated as the Fire Phone. Amazon's first smartphone doesn't just put Prime in your pocket, it also pushes the limits of UI, with its quartet of Dynamic Perspective cameras, and computational photography, with Firefly. Ambitious, then, but Jeff Bezos & Co. have seldom lacked that. Question is, does the Fire Phone deserve to be the hottest handset in town?
Amazon is keen to get us using their Fire Phone, and one of the latest apps released from Amazons hows why. The Amazon Wallet app, available on the Amazon App Store and Google Play, is a bit of a misnomer. While it can digitally store some things you might otherwise put in your wallet, it doesn’t keep the most important aspect close-by.
Apple was once the king of innovation. Ask anyone. When Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone in 2007, his company was on top of the world. He had just announced the most forward-thinking device ever, his iPod was easily the most innovative music player on the market, and his computers were top-notch. Then the iPad launched and proved again that Apple was an innovation leader after topping competitors in the form factor.
In-app purchases have come under fire again, both domestically and abroad. A couple in China have been arrested for selling their kids (yes, plural) to fund in-app purchases, and Amazon has been officially sued by the FTC for billing of in-app purchases. They’re the latest in a series of incidents that has everyone taking a long, hard look at our mobile purchasing habits.
Amazon's Fire Phone is proving divisive, with the 3D smartphone encountering both curiosity and criticism for its unusual interface and underwhelming pricing structure. Rather than shaking up the smartphone industry, Amazon's "little bit different" was an even easier way to shop from the company's own store. Missed the big event? Confused about what makes the Fire Phone special - or worthy of mockery? We've got you covered.
Amazon’s Fire Phone is a pretty cool piece of tech. It’s the right size, has a very respectable spec sheet, and the price is fair (not great). All that adds up to enough reason most people would want to snatch one up when it becomes available. In theory, I’d love to as well; here’s why I wont.
A significant security issue has been discovered in the Play Store, where Developers have been leaving keys inside the software. Those keys can lead to data being compromised, and can affect us even when the app is not in use. Google is currently working with the researchers responsible for this discovery on a fix.
There are two sides to Amazon's new Fire Phone. On the one hand is the technology, Amazon experimenting with face tracking and optical recognition. On the other is the price and AT&T exclusivity; many believed Amazon would try to shake up the phone industry with its pricing, not match it. I've spent some time with the Fire Phone today: read on for some first impressions.