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Amazon Fire Phone: not the Android you’re looking for

Amazon Fire Phone: not the Android you’re looking for

As early as this Friday you'll begin to see an update on the Amazon Fire phone that'll bring new functionality to several key features. You'll get artwork recognition via Wikipedia, you'll get "Best Shot" for ideal photo taking, and you'll get better battery life. Is this the update set Amazon intends to use to sell the rest of their stock of this phone whose launch was utterly blunder-full? Not likely. Instead, this is another sign that Amazon does not intend to give up so easily.

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Fire Phone gets arty with Amazon update

Fire Phone gets arty with Amazon update

Amazon has given the Fire Phone a high-brow update, adding the ability to recognize famous works of art with its Firefly visual search system, in addition to making the little-loved handset more capable for business users. The update, taking Fire OS to v3.6.5 for AT&T versions of the phone, also adds flexibility to how the Fire Phone's camera processes images as part of its "Best Shot" feature, adds music controls to the lock screen, and challenges Google Calendar with Amazon Cloud Calendar synchronization of schedules across any other Amazon devices users might own.

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Amazon Fire Phone 2 on the way

Amazon Fire Phone 2 on the way

Amazon CEO Fire Phone Jeff Bezos has indicated that another Fire Phone is on the way. At a Business Insider conference in New York, Bezos spoke with Henry Blodget, CEO of Business Insider. There in reference to what he thought about the state of the Fire Phone, Bezos suggested "ask me in some number of years." He added, "it's going to take several iterations." This after of Amazon via Senior VP of Devices David Limp told Fortune earlier this year: "we're also willing to say, 'we missed.' And so we corrected."

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Fire Phone goes unlocked as Amazon scrabbles for sales

Fire Phone goes unlocked as Amazon scrabbles for sales

It's probably safe to say that Amazon's Fire Phone hasn't been the runaway success Jeff Bezos & Co. hoped it might be, and so the retailer is taking another attempt to push the shopping-centric handset over Thanksgiving. The Fire Phone is now available unlocked and SIM-free, at $199, rather than only with an AT&T contract as has been the case until now, so that any T-Mobile, AT&T, or other GSM subscriber in the US can simply drop in an existing SIM from their carrier that they might have. However, before you hit the "Add to Cart" button, there are a few more things you might want to consider.

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Prime Photos adds unlimited galleries to sweeten Amazon’s cloud

Prime Photos adds unlimited galleries to sweeten Amazon’s cloud

Amazon is offering unlimited photo storage to all of its Prime subscribers, adding Prime Photos to the list of perks included in the shipping service. Launched first on the poorly-selling Amazon Fire Phone, Prime Photos automatically uploads images not only from the retailer's own handset and its Fire tablets, but from iOS and Android devices in general thanks to new apps for each platform. Desktop apps for Windows and Mac throw photos from there into the cloud too, and the combined gallery can then be accessed across multiple platforms including consoles and set-top boxes.

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Amazon: Yes, we screwed up on Fire Phone

Amazon: Yes, we screwed up on Fire Phone

Too expensive, glitchy early software, and missed expectations: Amazon got burned with the Fire Phone, and the company's execs are owning up to that fact - though that doesn't mean it's the last smartphone the online retail behemoth will be doing. Amazon took a $170m hit on the little-loved Android phone - which includes face-tracking cameras, and can be used to visually scan products and then hunt for them on its virtual shelves - confirming a huge write-down on unsold stock in its recent financial results. According to its devices chief, not only is Amazon ready to take the blame for the disaster, but it thinks the problem was incredibly simple.

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Kindle Fire HDX 7 lands on AT&T to help Fire Phone sales

Kindle Fire HDX 7 lands on AT&T to help Fire Phone sales

You may have heard that Amazon is entering a trying financial period, and that its first ever smartphone isn't helping its cause. Some are pinning the Fire Phone's failure on its exclusive availability to AT&T but now the carrier seems to be trying to make up for lost time, sales, and pride. It is announcing the arrival of the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX, the 7-inch kind, and although you can buy it on its own, AT&T will give you a slightly sweeter deal if you purchase it with the Fire Phone.

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Fire Phone bombs: Amazon takes $170 million writedown

Fire Phone bombs: Amazon takes $170 million writedown

Amazon is not having a great afternoon. After reporting an operating loss of $544 million this most recent quarter, Amazon is suggesting that one big reason they're headed into the hole is the Amazon Fire Phone. During their earnings conference call for investors, Amazon representatives suggested that they'd be taking a $170 million charge. This writedown would be "primarily related to Fire phone inventory" as well as "supplier commitment costs."

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Amazon Fire HD 6 Review

Amazon Fire HD 6 Review

With the Fire HD 6 we see Amazon approach the standard paperback book size device. But this device is not aimed at reading alone, it’s aimed at every kind of Amazon-based media. It is, after all, an Amazon-centric device, and therefor should be purchased only by those willing to work with Amazon’s collection of digital stores.

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