Although not as hot a topic as it was a few years back, web apps, particularly those written with HTML5, have become more or less an established category, especially on mobile devices. Recognizing that fact, Amazon has finally allowed HTML5 developers to make their web apps available for a price on Amazon Appstore.
The folks behind the network known as Chitika, generally known for their advertising network, has shown data detailing the breakdown of Samsung mobile devices during the month of December, 2013. The study seeks online ad-impressions across all Android devices, breaking down smartphone and tablet data, then by devices, showing here what they suggest is “the largest single Android manufacturer traffic source”, suggesting also that Samsung’s tablet share in the United States in web usage trails behind Apple’s iPad and all tablet devices (combined, as a brand) made by Amazon.
The primary way that Amazon sells its products, like the Kindle tablets and eReaders, is via its massively popular website. You can buy those Amazon Kindle products in a number of retail locations via Amazon retail partners. Amazon is trying another method of selling its items via its own retail presence.
Fans of the Rockstar Grand Theft Auto series were excited last month when the game landed on the iOS platform. That meant that the game was available for iPhone and iPad gamers. The announcement that the game was available for the Apple devices left Android users in the cold. The Android version was originally expected to launch alongside the iOS version.
If you’re a digital reader, Kobo has a lineup of tablets you should probably take a look at. Their 7 and 10-inch devices are centric to reading, but also keep the Android fun you might like to have with your tablet. The tablets all have Play Store compatibility, so you can download any app you like. We got an up close and personal look with the two devices here at Showstoppers.
Apple's iPhone was the only smartphone platform to gain market share over the holiday period, research indicates, though the competitive tablet segment saw greater interest in Amazon's Kindle Fire and Microsoft's Surface as overall iPad share dropped. Users of iPhones over the holidays, as measured by active web use by Chitika, rose 1.8-percent to 54.3-percent of the North American market, it's reported, while Motorola, HTC, LG, and Samsung share all dropped.
Amazon's Mayday system for the Kindle Fire HDX, putting a live customer services assistant on the screen of the Android-based tablet, saw the retailer beat its self-imposed time-to-answer target, though highlights lingering questions as to how many new owners needed hand-holding to understand the media-centric slate. Mayday, launched alongside the 7- and 8.9-inch Fire HDX models earlier this year, connects to remote tech support who can either guide users through setting up or troubleshooting their tablets, or take control and do the hard work themselves.
Amazon has announced a special deal for new users of its Appstore. The deal is looking to win Amazon new customers by offering them some free credit for purchases. Amazon says that millions of people will be getting new smartphones and tablets and it wants to help them load their devices with apps and games.
Watching TV on the go is a big deal for people who have long commutes each morning in the back of a car or on a train or bus. The ability to watch TV can also make a long road trip less boring for kids and adults. Audiovox has a product called the mobiletv receiver that offers live free broadcast TV on multiple devices.