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Kindle Fire tablets help Amazon Appstore boom

Kindle Fire tablets help Amazon Appstore boom

Amazon is having a bang up year for its Appstore posting massive growth. The massive growth of the Amazon Appstore is attributed in part to the availability and popularity of the Kindle Fire Android tablets that have access to the Appstore. Amazon's developer features are also helping spur growth.

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Amazon FreeTime Unlimited for Kindle Fire offers safe kid distraction

Amazon FreeTime Unlimited for Kindle Fire offers safe kid distraction

Amazon has launched Kindle FreeTime Unlimited, the company's new kid-friendly entertainment service for those times you wish your beloved offspring would just focus on their Kindle Fire tablet and stop bothering you. The subscription-based service pulls in books, games, educational apps, movies, and TV shows that Amazon guarantees are child-appropriate, with characters like Elmo, Dora, and Curious George; all of the apps have the adverts, social media integration, and in-app purchasing disabled.

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Amazon Appstore hits Japan

Amazon Appstore hits Japan

Amazon's Appstore has gone live in Japan, giving Japanese users the chance to download Android apps to their smartphones, tablets, and new Kindles. The store will include the same apps as available elsewhere in the world, as well as Japan-specific titles from regional carriers and developers.

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Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ shipping now; 4G LTE version due next week

Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ shipping now; 4G LTE version due next week

Amazon's Kindle Fire HD 8.9" has begun shipping, with the LTE-enabled version due to ship out next week, although the stock of the Android slates is already tight. Available ahead of schedule, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9" has a 1920 x 1200 254ppi display and runs Amazon's customized Android OS on a TI OMAP4470 processor with SXG544 graphics; the WiFi-only model is priced at $299, while the 4G version starts at $499.

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Amazon Air Patriots game released to push Kindle GameCircle

Amazon Air Patriots game released to push Kindle GameCircle

Amazon Game Studios has launched its first title for Kindle Fire users, Air Patriots, complete with GameCircle achievements and Whispersync for synchronizing progress to the cloud. The game - also available for iPhone, iPad, and Android users - is a simple tower defense style title, but what makes it distinct is that it's the retailer's debut mobile game, as Amazon attempts to strengthen its position against Apple and Google.

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