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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Amazon Appstore Adds In-App Purchasing

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 10:00 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2012/04/10/...app-purchasing/

"...devs can now take advantage of the familiar revenue booster already available in the iOS App Store and Google Play, through the use of the Amazon Appstore In-App Purchasing API."

One of my favorite things about Android is the way you're not forced to get apps from one place. Amazon Appstore has been around for just over a year now and it's come a long way. It seems to have tons of apps and now with in-app purchasing it should be attractive to some developers who may have been holding out. Another feature they added recently was the ability to up the download limit over 3G from 20MB to 50MB. It's still 20MB by default but instead of just smaller options, they have added a 50MB option.


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Amazon Expects to Ship 5M+ Kindle Fire Tablets in Q4

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 09:30 AM

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13924_3-2...5m-units-in-q4/

"Amazon could be on track to ship as many as 5 million Kindle Fire tablets in the fourth quarter, according to an analyst who tracks the market."

Impressive pre-order numbers bode well for the Kindle Fire tablet. Predictions for sales have already risen from 4M to 5M, according to one analyst. This is a little under half of what Apple expects to ship in the same time period. Apple ships about 12M iPad 2 tablets per quarter, according to this same analyst. Kindle Fire shipping is expected to begin around November 15th. The biggest reported gotcha is a potential shortage of 7-inch displays, with ASUS and HTC also competing for a (currently) limited supply. I've pre-ordered mine, and now we wait!


Monday, July 25, 2011

Today's iPad Kindle App Update Removes Kindle Store Button

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Apple Talk" @ 11:01 AM

I was updating the apps on my iPad today - which is a daily occurrence that I wish Apple would streamline or automate somehow - and I noticed that the new Kindle app, released today, removes the Kindle Store button. This change has been brewing for a while now because Apple wants 30% of everything sold via any app. Taking 30% for selling an app itself is a good deal compared to the 50% cut most mobile developers we used to forking over in previous years. But when it comes to content where there are multiple parties involved and everyone wants a piece, 30% is untenable.

You have companies like Rhapsody and Amazon who are resellers of the content someone else creates - so they're the middle men - and Apple put a gun to their head and said "Give us 30% or get out". Amazon did the only thing that makes sense: they made the Kindle app a read-only tool, not a purchasing tool. Anyone using an iPad, myself included, will now have a degraded experience because I'll have to grab my Kindle 3 or Android phone in order to quickly purchase a book. The alternative is to buy the book via Safari on the iPad, and while it's not exactly difficult, it's certainly a lot less slower than buying from an app that allows for one-tap purchase of books.

What's your take on Apple's demand to have a 30% cut on every piece of content sold via an iOS app?


Monday, June 27, 2011

Amazon Android Tablet Release Possible as Early as August

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 09:30 AM

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20110621PD222.html

"Amazon is poised to step into tablet PCs and will launch models as soon as August-September, with targeted global sales of four million units for 2011, according to Taiwan-based component makers."

Could this be the for Android Tablets what the Motorola Droid was for Android Phones? Amazon/Verizon Droid/Kindle - all some names with muscle behind them! We'll have to see. Now that Honeycomb has been cleaned up a little with Version 3.1 and more and more tablet optimized Android apps are released every day this fall could be a good time for a well respected company to release some good Android tablet hardware! The info from the source basically says Amazon wants to hit the Christmas season and it will use a TI CPU/GPU instead of the more common Tegra 2. I think that could be a good thing with rumors suggesting the TI processor has better GPU performance. It also mentions that Amazon will provide movie streaming services for it. Are you holding out to buy a tablet until you see what Amazon releases? What do you think about Amazon getting into the full-featured tablet business?


Thursday, June 23, 2011

5 Reasons Why Amazon Can Compete in The Tablet Market

Posted by John London in "Laptop Thoughts Articles & Resources" @ 12:30 PM

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/amazon-...news-11501.html

"It seems fairly reasonable to bet that Amazon will introduce an Android tablet in the foreseeable time. It makes perfect sense and it is not difficult to predict that Amazon where succeed where Samsung and Motorola have failed. Hope and disappointment in Android tablets is a repetitive cycle these days. There is this huge anticipation building up that there will finally be an iPad rival."

Even though Amazon has yet to release an Android based tablet, this makes perfectly good sense. Why? Developers can now develop and port apps. Amazon has sold millions of Kindles so in order to compete against an Apple iPad the specifications and price will probably have to competitive. Amazon seems to have built their loyal fan base so the Android operating system (O/S) will take them to the next level, something akin to the Barnes and Noble Nook.

If Amazon releases the Kindle on the Android O/S, you can count on the display being an excellent one. The other area is the User Interface (UI) that will most likely stay simple, again akin to the Nook. What will be interesting if Amazon will add ports and storage e.g. USB, VGA, Disk Drive/SSD, etc.? This will make for an interesting tablet, great display, easy UI, ports and competitive pricing. If Amazon moves to the Android O/S, the tablet market will continue to heat up.


What's Your Digital Convenience Price Threshold?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 08:00 AM

In the tug of war between atoms and bits, how much does it take to sway you one way or another? Digital download or buying DVDs - which way do you roll? I bought the first episode of "Breaking Bad" on iTunes a few weeks ago, watched it yesterday, and enjoyed it quite a bit. Since I don't currently have an active Zip.ca account (it's a DVD rental service) I'd be looking at buying Breaking Bad season one. How do the numbers work out? Read more...


Friday, May 6, 2011

Things Amazon's Possibly-Forthcoming Tablet Must Have to Beat the iPad

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 03:30 PM

http://www.businessinsider.com/amaz...features-2011-5

"All signs point to an Android-based tablet coming soon from Amazon. There are reports that it's already in production for a fall launch, and Amazon has gone on a hiring spree for Android developers. It makes sense. The Nook Color just got a nice upgrade to Android 2.2 Froyo, turning the device into a fully-functional tablet for just $250."

Most of these fall into the "no brainer" category, but if Amazon can deliver a tablet that offers an attractive design, reasonable performance, and an easy-to-swallow price tag, they could have a hit on their hands. Amazon has had a near-perfect execution with the Kindle - they achieved great mindshare, have evolved the product over three iterations, and have a powerful ecosystem for selling products. If anyone can deliver an Android tablet that really rocks, it just might be Amazon!


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Amazon Tablet: Possibly a "Disruptor in the Mobile Space?"

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 04:30 PM

http://gdgt.com/discuss/amazons-tab...tm_medium=email

"It's something of an open secret that Amazon is working on an Android tablet and I am 99% certain they are having Samsung build one for them. Does the world really need yet another tablet? If it were anyone else, I'd say no, but I think Amazon is uniquely positioned to layer in a set of products and services that would differentiate its tablet from the flood of Android tablets hitting the market this year. "

Some great thoughts to ponder. Amazon is not a technology company, despite the success of the Kindle. But, they do have an excellent 'ecosystem' already in place, and adding their various services to a basic tablet OS (like Android) can be done at a reasonable cost. Comparisons are being made to the color NOOK, the thinking being that Amazon can create their own tablet OS (rather than going to Google), add their content, avoid the Android Market by substituting their own, and get a product to market for a reasonable price. Need an app? Amazon has one. An obvious target is the iPad, and if Amazon can seriously undercut the entry-level price, with all their various services on-board, they may truly have a market disruptor. Despite having an office full of gadgets, I still go back to my Kindle for my pleasure reading, so I eagerly await more news from Amazon.


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Can Amazon Take On The Tablet?

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 12:30 PM

http://www.businessinsider.com/amaz...n-tablet-2011-3

"It would be foolish not to include Amazon on the list of potentially huge players in the tablet industry. While the company is still only selling simple Kindle e-readers, Amazon has quietly built all the tools it needs to compete against Apple and the other tablet makers with its own Android-based tablets."

Amazon has seen alot. It has survived dot com bubbles, Web 2.0 and an increasingly digital economy. It has come a long way from its history of selling books. Will Amazon expand beyond its digital storefront into hardware? It already has its feet wet with the Kindle, which is doing fairly well, despite competition from other ebook readers and tablets. It also has the infrastructure to handle a massive amount of data and sales. It would not be a stretch for the company to come out with a more powerful Kindle like device and release it to the masses. With the services that Amazon offers, it could potentially go toe-to-toe with iTunes in terms of features and services. Would you be interested in an Amazon tablet? Would a Kindle+ make your wallet lighter?


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Amazon to Launch Android App Store

Posted by Tony Rylow in "Android News" @ 12:00 AM

http://androidos.in/2010/09/amazon-...blet-app-store/

" According to the latest bits of rumour in the blogging world, Amazon might be getting ready to launch an Android App market/store."

Amazon is rumored to be building their own app store that will be available, along with their own tablet. There will be a $99 fee to be a developer. There is no information about the tablet available.

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