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Amazon Maps API aims to oust Google Maps from Kindle Fire

Amazon Maps API aims to oust Google Maps from Kindle Fire

Amazon has launched a new Maps API for Kindle Fire developers, challenging Google's own Android mapping services, and further shifting the Kindle-branded tablets away from pure Android. Quietly added to the range of options for third-party developers alongside the launch of the Kindle Fire HD, the Amazon Maps API support custom overlays of data on top of standard mapping, with customized pins and markets for business, landmarks, and other notable positions.

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Amazon phone denied but “more devices” on the way

Amazon phone denied but “more devices” on the way

Though he's not yet confirmed that there will be any sort of smartphone-sized device appearing soon, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has let it be known that more devices are, indeed, coming eventually. Speaking with Ina Fried and Tricia Duryee of All Things D, Bezos spoke about how their next move wont necessarily be to enter the smartphone universe, but that they're certainly not going to stop with the Kindle Fire HD. Though "not any time soon", more devices will be released by Amazon "next year" that Bezos said would be "premature" for him to talk about.

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Amazon confirms Kindle Fire HD is running Ice Cream Sandwich

Amazon confirms Kindle Fire HD is running Ice Cream Sandwich

So, Amazon revealed a number of new Kindle Fire HD tablets today. The company gave away a lot of details about the new line in the process, but one specification that was mysteriously absent from Amazon's long list was the operating system these tablets are running. Ahead of Amazon's press conference today, rumors claimed that these tablets would be running a modified version of the Android OS under the hood, and it turns out that's just what they're doing.

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Amazon’s new Kindles are almost here (and lateness doesn’t matter)

Amazon’s new Kindles are almost here (and lateness doesn’t matter)

The clock is ticking, and Amazon is building up to wow us at its Kindle event in just a few hours time. Expectations are high, and yet Amazon is - unusually for the company - playing catch-up, in hardware if not market share. Barnes & Noble pipped it to the post with the backlit NOOK Simple Touch with GLowLight, and - if the phone chatter is true - it trails Apple's iPhone, Google's Nexus and other big names to the smartphone segment.

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Amazon readying 5-6 new tablets says Staples exec

Amazon readying 5-6 new tablets says Staples exec

Amazon is readying as many as six new tablet variants according to retailer Staples, with a 10-inch model confirmed among the line-up. Five or six SKUs are in the pipeline, Retail president Demos Parneros at Staples told Reuters, with a range of sizes on offer as Amazon attempts to further milk the digital content market for music, video, ebook and app sales.

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Amazon Digital Media Innovation Hub will push next-gen content delivery

Amazon Digital Media Innovation Hub will push next-gen content delivery

Amazon is boosting its R&D work into digital media, including "interactive digital services" for consoles, smart TV, tablets and other mobile devices, with a new Digital Media Innovation Hub opening in the UK. The new 47,000 sq. ft. center in Central London will pull together software engineers, UI experts and graphic designers, who will likely be responsible for not only bringing Amazon's site up to date, but for developing the next-gen Kindle Fire tablet interface and software for the much-rumored Kindle smartphone.

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10-inch Kindle Fire tipped as Amazon new iPad challenge imminent

10-inch Kindle Fire tipped as Amazon new iPad challenge imminent

Amazon's larger Kindle Fire is still in the pipeline, sources insist, scaling up from the existing 7-inch slate as Apple reportedly scales down to tweener tablet levels. A namedrop in the same NYT article that threw further weight against the iPad mini rumors, according to unnamed developers the retailer is pushing ahead with what's tipped to be a roughly 10-inch variant of the Kindle Fire, bringing the challenge to Apple's new iPad.

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Amazon grabs ex-Windows Phone app chief amid Kindle phone chatter

Amazon grabs ex-Windows Phone app chief amid Kindle phone chatter

A former Microsoft Windows Phone exec has jumped ship to Amazon, where he will head the retailer's Appstore efforts, lending further weight to rumors that the company plans a smartphone of its own. Robert Williams was, until last month, Microsoft's senior director of business development in the Windows Phone division, but according to his LinkedIn profile is now working with Amazon to feather the app nest for what's speculated to be the company's push into mobile.

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