The Samsung Infuse 4G was unveiled last month as the thinnest smartphone with the largest display in the AT&T lineup. It was also released as the first HSPA+ enabled device on launch for the carrier. If you've been wanting this phone, now you're in luck because Amazon just gave it the usual price slash treatment.
Amazon may not have just one Android tablet in the works, but a whole range of devices using the Google open-source OS. That's the latest rumor, anyway, shared with Android and Me by a trusted "industry insider" who claims the much-speculated slate is only one of Amazon's "family of devices" headed to its virtual shelves this coming holiday season.
Earlier today we mentioned that E-Ink, the company behind those Amazon Kindle displays, have been busy working on new and improved E-Ink screens that can display full-color content. And with that, were some nifty videos of the E-Ink screens in action on various flexible materials including cloth and Tyvek. Well now we have some more nifty videos, but of E-Ink technology being harnessed by a group of researchers to produce a flexible smartphone dubbed the "PaperPhone."
According to the site Near Field Communications World, Google and Amazon.com are both showing some interest in Near Field Communications, or NFC. Google has joined the NFC Forum as a Principal member, which allows them to use their own in-house facilities to conduct NFC Forum certification testing. Amazon, also is showing serious interest in the technology, considering expanding Amazon Payments to include payments via mobile phones. Read more about these developments after the cut.
Yesterday I mentioned that the Amazon Appstore was launching to bring a new app source for Android fans that want games and other apps to put on their smartphones. The first of the features developers on the Appstore is Glu Mobile. Glu has some of the coolest mobile games around.
Lest you suspect Amazon was treating its new Amazon Appstore as a hobby, the company has announced an exclusive deal with Angry Birds developer Rovio to release the new Angry Birds Rio title through the new Android marketplace. Ditching GetJar and shifting over to Amazon's new system, Rovio will also be offering ad-free versions of its existing Angry Birds and Angry Birds Seasons for Android games for the first time.
Amazon's Appstore plans may start with Android, but the retail giant isn't limiting its aspirations to Google's OS. According to Aaron Rubenson, category leader for the Appstore, Amazon's intent "is to provide a vast selection to customers from multiple operating systems"; speaking to Mobile-Device, he confirmed that the recommendations-led software store has ambitions to take on other platforms.
The HTC Desire S launched at MWC 2011 earlier this week has been priced and dated by retailer Amazon UK. According to the listing, the Gingerbread smartphone will arrive on April 18 2011, priced at £419.99 ($679); that's SIM-free and unlocked, of course, and we'd expect carrier-subsidized versions to be considerably cheaper, if not free with a new, two-year agreement.
Nokia's delayed E7 isn't expected to show up until sometime in "early 2011" according to the Finnish company, but if your Christmas money is burning a hole in your pocket you can already buy the smartphone from Amazon. Priced at $679 unlocked and SIM-free, the E7 is currently out of stock, with no estimates on when that might change.
Amazon has quietly announced that ex-Palm CEO and current HP SVP Jon Rubinstein has joined as a director. The news, part of a security and exchange commission filing, does not suggest that Rubinstein's role as director will include, but it's possible that he could assist in Amazon's development of a Kindle-brand tablet to better compete with the iPad and Barnes & Noble NOOKcolor.
Speculation regarding an Amazon tablet has been circulating for some time, though the company has resolutely stuck to the party line that it is focused on its Kindle range of dedicated ebook readers. Nonetheless, the Kindles have become more functional as the line has matured; Amazon now offers third-party applications, and the most recent Kindle has a WebKit based browser like the latest smartphones.