The idea of Amazon releasing it's own phone isn't exactly new, but the latest rumors are saying that the retailer will be offering the Kindle-branded smartphone to customers for free, with or without wireless contracts attached. This is a huge departure from common mobile device practices today and it remains to be seen how Amazon plans to pull this off.
The smartphone wars are about to crank up a notch, with retailer Amazon tipped to be readying a handset of its own that, while likely based on Android, would undoubtedly diverge from Google's ambitions for the platform. Amazon is working with Foxconn - the company that also produces Apple's iPhone - according to insider whispers to Bloomberg, with the retailer apparently quietly building up its mobile patent portfolio in a pre-emptive defense against smartphone lawsuits.
RIM is considering splitting up its ailing BlackBerry business and selling off the handset manufacturing side, sources have claimed, with both Amazon and Facebook tipped as potential suitors. Details of the possible cleavage are scant, with UK newspaper The Sunday Times citing no sources in its report; RIM is supposedly weighing whether its messaging division would perform better as a standalone business.
If you're prone to dropping your smartphone, then Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos may have just the solution for you. Airbags! A patent application filing recently surfaced with the inventors listed as Bezos himself along with Amazon VP Greg Hart. The patent app is titled "a system and method for protecting devices from impact damage."
Does the world need another streaming box? Amazon Fire TV argues “yes” and says speed, voice search that actually works, and proper gaming set it apart from the Apple TV, Roku 3, and Google Chromecast. As we’ve seen with the Kindle Fire HDX tablet range, Amazon can certainly build some impressive hardware when it puts its mind to it, but is the Fire TV quite ready for primetime? Read on for our full review.
There’s a device appearing this week going by the name of Amazon Dash, one that’ll enhance the way users will be able to work with Amazon Fresh. Amazon Fresh is a food and essentials service that only works in a limited set of areas at the moment, delivering fresh goods to users homes. Amazon Dash is a tool users - apparently - carry around and speak to when they remember what they need.
Samsung didn’t do too well with its original Galaxy Gear smartwatch that we reviewed back in October. Hoping to improve on the success that it had with the original, Samsung is set to launch three new wearables on April 11. Those new wearables include the Samsung Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit that we went hands on with in February. In preparation for the launch of those three gadgets, Amazon has started taking pre-orders for all of them.
Amazon won't be launching a free streaming TV service next week, despite reports that it could ditch the subscription fee to raise its game against Netflix and Hulu, the online retailer has insisted. Chatter of an ad-supported free version of Amazon Prime Instant Video began earlier this week, with suggestions that it could be announced as soon as next week.
Amazon and CBS have announced that they are extending a content agreement that will see more CBS shows head to Amazon Prime Instant Video. The deal will also see some content from Showtime Networks make its way to Amazon's streaming video service as well. Terms of the content deal were not announced.