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BlackBerry 10.3 adding Amazon Appstore for Android apps

BlackBerry 10.3 adding Amazon Appstore for Android apps

It may be the day for Amazon's own smartphone to launch, but BlackBerry is getting in on the action too, announcing that the Amazon Appstore will be coming to its own handsets later this year. Support for the Android download store will be added as part of BlackBerry 10.3, which the Canadian company says should hit handsets this fall.

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Amazon’s phone is the most mundane thing it’s working on

Amazon’s phone is the most mundane thing it’s working on

Amazon has reportedly been working on its new, 3D smartphone since 2009, according to a profile of the Lab126 team responsible for the handset we're expecting to see revealed on Wednesday, but it could in fact be the most mainstream of the products the retail behemoth is cooking up. Sharing workbench space in the clandestine skunkworks previously responsible for the Kindle ereader and Fire TV set-top box are tipped to be projected computer interfaces and more.

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AT&T tipped to exclusively offer Amazon’s smartphone

AT&T tipped to exclusively offer Amazon’s smartphone

The Amazon smartphone will be an AT&T exclusive, it's reported, and is expected to begin shipping in September in time for the 2014 holiday season. The handset, so-far unnamed, is believed to be revealed on Wednesday this week by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in an event in Seattle, and use an innovative face tracking technology to deliver 3D graphics.

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Five things we need to see from Amazon’s smartphone

Five things we need to see from Amazon’s smartphone

As Amazon prepares to give us something new, we’ve been wondering just what we should be looking for from them. We’ve all but confirmed we’re getting a smartphone from Amazon, so what would get us away from our current model? Can Amazon coerce us into dropping iOS or Android for their ecosystem? If they do these five things, they have a chance!

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Amazon wants you to know its phone will have lots of apps

Amazon wants you to know its phone will have lots of apps

Amazon's first smartphone isn't expected to get its official reveal until this Wednesday, but the retailer isn't leaving anything to chance when it comes to ecosystem with a renewed push to its Appstore. The download store - which caters to Amazon's heavily-customized version of Android it uses on the Kindle Fire HDX tablets, Fire TV set-top box, and is expected to deploy again on the as-yet unnamed smartphone - now has in excess of 240,000 titles, Amazon announced today, meaning it has almost tripled in content versus last year.

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Is Amazon Prime Music worth it?

Is Amazon Prime Music worth it?

Amazon recently introduced their streaming music service, which finally opens up their massive catalog for our listening pleasure. They’ve also entered a crowded, changing music landscape which has migrated from downloading to streaming tracks. Like Apple’s acquisition of Beats, it seems the online shopping giant just couldn’t resist. Is Prime Music worth it, though? We compare it with similar services to find out.

 

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The three failures of 3D phones

The three failures of 3D phones

With Amazon’s supposed 3D-capable smartphone headed our way inside a week, it’s once again time to discuss why 3D phones aren’t the smartest buy right off the bat. What we’re speaking about here is the purchase of a 3D-capable smartphone when it’s released - in its first iteration, at the start of the 3D environment coming to the mobile smart device world. There aren’t many devices out there to use as examples.

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