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Three cool things the new Amazon Fire Phone brings to us all

With the Amazon Fire Phone, some neat new features are incoming. Most of them naturally relate to media consumption, which is a strong suit of Amazon’s. Mayday is also on board, so here’s a rundown of all the adjunct, cool stuff you can do with an Amazon Fire Phone.

Mayday

Yup, just as with the Kindle Fire tablets, you can get Mayday access on your Amazon Fire Phone. Live, 24/7 help from an Amazon rep. That will help when you run into those instances where you just can’t remember how o change a setting or find a feature. We expected Amazon would slap Mayday in, though, so not a surprise — but a great feature.

Camera

The camera on the Amazon Fire Phone is a 13MP shooter, which is definitely adequate to snap great shots. Amazon is also giving us a dedicated shutter button, just like we find on a Sony Xperia device. A f/2.0 with OIS should make anyone a great mobile photog, and unlimited photo storage is nice.

X-Ray

So, here’s a cool Amazon ecosystem feature — the Fire Phone will work with the Fire TV. Not only will it serve as a second screen for seeing info on what you’re watching, you can “fling” stuff to your Fire TV from your phone. Find a movie you want to see on your phone, and send it along to the Fire TV. Neat.

Neat stuff, and there’s more to come from Amazon’s event. Stay tuned, as we’ve got much more to discuss as the event wears on!

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We’re here at the Amazon event!

Ready for an Amazon smartphone? We sure are. We’re here in Seattle, waiting to get our first look at whatever it is Amazon has in store for us. While we’re all anticipating a smartphone, it can’t be just hardware, can it?


Amazon has already tipped their hat with a music streaming service, which is (naturally) aimed at Prime members. That was quietly expected to happen today, as we’d heard rumblings weeks ahead that it was happening. Aside from that, what can we expect?

The device itself — and there will be a device, of that we’re certain — has some sort of visual twist to it (maybe literally). A posted video teasing the event had users tweakingthe phone and craning their eyes, ooh-ing and aah-ing the entire time. Are those 3D screen rumors true?

Whatever it is, we’re front and center for the occasion, so be sure to keep an eye out here for all your Amazon device news! In the meantime, we want to know what you’re looking for from this phone. If we had our one wish, it would be Play Store apps — what about you?

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Amazon announces the Fire Phone

Yep, it’s a phone alright. Amazon officially unveiled the Fire Phone today at a special press event held in Seattle. Consistent with the rumors, Amazon’s first-ever phone has a 4.7-inch Gorilla Glass display with an HD-resolution screen (720p). That makes it the same size as the Moto X, which was also supposed to be a phone for the masses. It also has a rubberized frame with aluminum buttons, a quad-core 2.2GHz processor, Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM. As for the camera, there’s a 13-megapixel rear-facing one equipped with an f/2.0 lens and optical image stabilization and the ability to capture 1080p video. The phone’s display will have 590 nits of brightness, dynamic image contrast and a “circular polarizer,” which will likely be used to combat glare. There’s also a dedicated camera key and, luckily for all you amateur photogs, it’ll come with free unlimited cloud storage for photos as well. Other features include global LTE and connectivity with nine bands of LTE, quad-band GSM, five bands of UMTS, 802.11ac support, WiFi channel bonding, NFC and Bluetooth.

It’ll be available exclusively from AT&T for $199 if you want the 32GB version, or $299 if you prefer the 64GB. Alternately, you can get the 32GB version for $27 a month if you opt for AT&T’s Next program. If you’d rather go off-contract instead, you can get the phone directly from Amazon for $649 for 32GB and $749 for 64GB. %Gallery-slideshow202176% %Gallery-slideshow202200%

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Live from Amazon’s phone announcement in Seattle!

Look, Amazon didn’t exactly hide the fact that today’s mystery product announcement would be its long-rumored 3D phone. But with the exception of the occasional picture, the company did a decent job of keeping its new handheld device out of the public eye. Now Amazon’s ready to show off the new Kindle Fire phone (or whatever it ends up being called), and we’re here to bring you the news as it happens. Enjoy!

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Amazon Fire Phone runs latest Fire OS, looks a lot like a smaller Kindle Fire

With the announcement of the Amazon Fire Phone comes the questions of what it’s running. It isn’t a great surprise to hear that it’s running the latest version of Amazon’s own Android based Fire OS. And on the whole, if you’ve ever looked at a Kindle Fire then you’ll be pretty familiar with what you’re seeing on the Fire Phone.



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Fire Phone landing at AT&T in 32GB for $199 and 64GB for $299

According to a quick search at AT&T, Amazon’s Fire Phone will be landing in two versions — a 32GB for $199 and a 64GB for $299. Currently only a black model is listed, but no other info is tagging along. As we know, the Fire Phone will be sporting a 4.7″ IPS LCC HD display, quad-core 2.2GHz processor, 2GB RAM, a 13MP camera, and much more.



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Amazon announces Firefly, visual search on steroids

Amazon is having a major day today. They’ve just announced their first phone – the Fire Phone. There are numerous features being announced alongside the phone. One of them is Firefly that allows you to user your Fire Phone to recognize everything around you. There’s a dedicated button of the Fire Phone for Firefly, that’s how serious Amazon treats this new feature. Full details after the break.



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Fire Phone comes rich in content

The allure of Amazon’s recently announced Fire Phone is that it comes with access to Amazon’s rich library of content, many of which are free for subscribing Amazon Prime customers. Between the mix of free Prime content as well as digital purchases that users can buy a la carte, the Amazon Fire Phone will be an entertainment powerhouse that integrates nicely into Amazon’s existing ecosystem alongside hardware like Kindle Fire Tablet and Fire TV.



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Amazon’s Fire Phone features a 13MP f2.0 camera and unlimited cloud storage

Amazon’s new Fire Phone was announced today, and in addition to the quad-core 2.2GHz processor and 2GB RAM, it will be sporting a 13MP f2.0 rear-facing camera. If you were worried that the Fire Phone wouldn’t be great on-the-go camera — don’t be. There’s plenty here to rival the latest and great on-device cameras.



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Amazon Prime has ‘tens of millions’ of happy customers

Today at Amazon’s event unveiling their Fire Phone, CEO Jeff Bezos talked about some numbers that are very important to Amazon. Specifically, he talked about Amazon’s millions of Prime customers, as well as their millions of Kindle users.



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Amazon officially announces the Fire Phone with emphasis on 3D features

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Amazon’s long rumored 3D smartphone, the Fire Phone has gone official in Seattle not too long ago. The CEO of the company, Jeff Bezos himself was available during the event to announce the new handset. As expected, the smartphone is heavily emphasized towards 3D features making it unique among the current crop of smartphones. The Fire Phone will be sold via AT&T for $199.99 with a two year contract.

Let us take you through the hardware of the smartphone before going deep into the 3D features of the device. The Fire Phone is packing a 4.7 inch 720p IPS panel, a 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 quad core chipset, a 13-megapixel camera on the back with a f/2.0 lens as well as Optical Image Stabilization and 2GB of RAM. The handset also has stereo speakers built-in, so sound quality will not be compromised.

The device has four cameras on the front with “dynamic perspective” which leverages the 3D features depending on the way you’re looking at something (ex: lockscreen wallpaper). This feature is mighty useful in Maps as well where the users can tilt the phone accordingly to get an actual 3-dimensional view of buildings. It seems like the feature is still in its infancy, so we might see more useful features being added down the line.

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Amazon is also touting something known as MayDay which essentially allows users to ask a quick question about the smartphone to an Amazon representative, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Another interesting feature is Firefly which lets users find a particular item like a book, DVD, games or any media through the front camera and the phone will automatically open the item on Amazon. This works with music tracks as well and it can record music or TV Shows and redirect you to appropriate links on Amazon for purchase. The phone has a dedicated button to enable Firefly. The phone can also be hooked up to Miracast compatible devices like the Fire TV with a second screen feature known as X-Ray.

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Via: The Verge

 

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5 top features of the Amazon Fire Phone

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So Amazon just announced the Fire Phone, their first smartphone, but what exactly sets it apart from the pack? Aside from its pseudo-Android Fire OS, the Fire Phone will ship with a number of unique features designed to enhance the user experience by taking advantage of Amazon’s existing retail and digital ecosystem. Here are our 5 favorite features introduced along with the Fire Phone.

Dynamic Perspective

Amazon Fire Phone Dynamic Perspective

The Amazon Fire Phone has four additional cameras at each corner of the phone’s front display, and they’re not for capturing the perfect #selfie. These cameras, coupled with infrared lighting, are used to track your head in relation to the Fire Phone, creating an experience Amazon dubs Dynamic Perspective.

This pseudo-3D technology allows users to peer into display rather than at it, allowing for immersive functionality that varies depending on the application. In Maps you can peek around objects or reveal Yelp ratings. Images take on a whole new dimension, looking great no matter what angle you are viewing them from. Dynamic Perspective can also be used to trigger a number of functions outside of manipulating the appearance of an app or image, such as tilting the phone to scroll books and web pages.

The best part? Amazon has opened up Dynamic Perspective to developers, meaning the potential exists for many innovative and interesting ways for users to interact with the Fire Phone on a per app basis.

Firefly

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Amazon’s Firefly is like Google Goggles on steroids. Using the Fire Phone’s rear camera, Firefly can scan and identify barcodes, book and album covers, works of art and more, presenting the user with more info on any particular item and a relevant Amazon purchase page if available. Essentially, impulse buys start and end with Firefly.

But Firefly isn’t limited to images. No, it can detect audio as well, scanning for music, movies, and television shows as you watch, and, you guessed it, once again offering up items for purchase when possible. Firefly can even scan documents for relevant text such as names, web and email addresses, and phone numbers to quickly create a new contact, send an email, make a call, or launch a web page.

Sure, Amazon likely implemented to feature for its own economic gain, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t useful. A dedicated hardware button to launch Firefly makes it all the better.

Mayday

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Amazon has brought the same 24/7 support featured on its line of Kindle Fire tablets to the Fire Phone. Only a tap away, Mayday offers lost users a quick way to solve problems with their device by providing live support from real, breathing human beings around the clock, 365 days a year.

Support is provided by way of video chat with the additional benefit of allowing an Amazon customer support representative draw directly on the screen to provide detailed instructions. With a promised response time of 15 seconds or less, Mayday looks to be a big help to inexperienced smartphone users.

Amazon Prime

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You can’t talk about an Amazon device without talking about the Amazon ecosystem, and an included 12-month Amazon Prime subscription makes sure users have plenty of content to take in. Amazon Prime has long offered a growing library of video content — including movies and TV shows — while a newly implemented music streaming service provides even more entertainment options.

On top of Amazon content, the Fire Phone offers new ways of interacting with media, whether it be the X-Ray feature that provides info like song lyrics and IMDb-sourced trivia. And the Fire Phone fits right in with the rest of Amazon’s product line, allowing users to pick up right where the left off on their Kindle tablet or Fire TV.

Unlimited cloud storage for photos

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The Amazon Fire Phone promises a great photo experience with its advanced 13MP camera, but what to do with all those gorgeous hi-res images? All Fire Phone owners are being treated to unlimited cloud photo storage, a nice touch that will help keep users photo libraries in tact and organized while allowing internal storage space to be used for other purposes — like all those movies, songs, and games.

Want to know more?

While those are the features everyone will be talking about, in reality these five items only deal with a small portion of what the Amazon Fire Phone is capable of. If you are considering the Fire Phone as your next device, we recommend you check out our comparison with other top Android smartphones on the market. Be sure to check out the new Fire Phone section over at Android Forums and keep it tuned to Phandroid for more coverage.

 

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The Fire Phone is the most expensive way to get a year of Amazon Prime

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You may still basking in the afterglow of a new phone announcement, but there are a lot of details to go over. One of the things that may have been overlooked is the Amazon Prime promotion. For a limited time Amazon will be throwing in free year of Prime if you buy the Fire Phone. If you’ve ever wanted Prime this is the most expensive way to get it.

Here’s the deal: your free year of Prime begins when you go through the set-up process on your new Fire Phone. It starts immediately and ends a full year later. Existing Prime subscribers will have the free year tacked on to the end of their current year. Once your current paid year ends the new free one will begin. If you return your Fire Phone your free Prime subscription will be cancelled. If you have more questions check out the FAQ.

Prime is a great service if you buy a lot of stuff from Amazon. You get free two-day shipping on most items, access to streaming movies and TV shows, plus their new music service. If you’re interested in trying Prime for free without a Fire Phone you can do so for one month, and $99 per year after that. It’s a great deal.

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Win a 64GB Amazon Fire Phone from Android Central!

Leave a comment on this article letting us know what you think of the new Amazon Fire Phone for your chance to win one!

Amazon is officially now in the smartphone game with their announcement of the Amazon Fire Phone. It will be available next month as an exclusive from AT&T and if you know you want one you can pre-order the Fire Phone now from Amazon’s website. For those who are a little more on the fence, in true Android Central style we’re going to give a lucky reader the chance to win a a 64GB Amazon Fire Phone for FREE.

To enter for your chance to win, all you need to do is login to Android Central and leave a comment to this article for your chance to win. If you’re not yet a member of Android Central, you can register here in just a few seconds. Since this one is an AT&T exclusive you’ll need to be in America to win (sorry – we always do our best to make all contests open worldwide), and will run right up until a fews day before the Fire Phone officially starts shipping (we’ll do a couple reminder posts as the contest nears its end). At that point we’ll close things down and Lloyd will pick a lucky winner at random. It’s as simple as that.



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Pre-order the Amazon Fire Phone direct from Amazon, starting at $199

Of course Amazon — the king of online retailers — is where you can buy a new Amazon Fire Phone. They have a pre-order page up and ready for you so that you can have the Fire Phone in your hands the very day it’s released.

The pricing is as follows:



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BlackBerry is getting Amazon’s catalog of 200,000 Android apps

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BlackBerry users haven’t exactly had an abundance of apps to choose from lately, due in no small part to the once-legendary phone maker’s dwindling market share. However, the company just reached an app library deal with Amazon that could give you a reason to hang on to that Q10 or Z30. When BlackBerry 10.3 launches in the fall, it will have access to the Amazon Appstore’s catalog of 200,000-plus Android apps — you’ll have little trouble finding Minecraft, Netflix and other big-name titles.

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Amazon Announces the ‘Fire Phone’, the first Amazon Smartphone Offering


An Amazon phone has been rumored for a number of years around the web. From supply chain chatter to other leakster claims. Now the Amazon phone is a reality. They are keeping with their tradition of naming their devices and have dubbed it the Amazon Fire Phone. Not to be confused with the Kindle Fire or Fire TV. The Fire phone is a pretty interesting little device to say the least. Check out the officially announced over view of specs.

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  • Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor at 2.2GHz with Adreno 330 GPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 32 or 64 GB of on board storage
  • 4.7-inch HD display (Gorilla Glass 3, 590 nit brightness) 1280 x 720 res with 315 ppi
  • 13MP rear camera
  • 2.1MP front facing camera
  • Four front facing dynamic perspective sensors
  • Dual Stero Speakers, placed at the top and bottom. Not front facing.
  • Fire OS 3.5.0
  • 2400mAh battery rated for 22 hours talk time and 285 hours standby
  • Weight: 5.64 ounces
  • Size: 5.5 x 2.6 x 0.35 inches ( 139.2 x 66.5 x 8.9 mm)
  • Mobile bands: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz), Quad-band GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 9 bands of LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 17, 20), supports carrier aggregation

The hardware is pretty attractive sounding, and looking. Much of the device is hinged on the additional functions and features like Firefly which is a button on the side of the device that launches the camera and lets you identify things you see. Obviously anything you can buy through Amazon will come up for your convenience. The videos Amazon has up on the product page show how many of the features work together. Sadly we can’t pull those videos here, so you will have to check them out at Amazon.com.

The not so big surprise about the Fire Phone is that it is exclusively, for now, available with AT&T for $199 on a two-year contract for the 32GB or $299 for the 64Gb. If you don’t want service the 32Gb will set you back $649 and the 64GB is $749. On the bright side, if you pick on up Amazon will give your Amazon Prime service free for one year. If you are already an Amazon Prime subscriber then you get it tacked on to the end of your current year. The Fire phone ships out July 25th.

What are your thoughts on the Amazon Fire Phone? Is it loaded with to many gimmicky things or has Amazon really done something unique that is worth checking out?

Full Press Release:

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jun. 18, 2014– (NASDAQ: AMZN)–Amazon today unveiled Fire, the first smartphone designed by Amazon. Fire is the only smartphone with Dynamic Perspective and Firefly, two new breakthrough technologies that allow you to see and interact with the world through a whole new lens. Dynamic Perspective uses a new sensor system to respond to the way you hold, view, and move Fire, enabling experiences not possible on other smartphones. Firefly quickly recognizes things in the real worldweb and email addresses, phone numbers, QR and bar codes, movies, music, and millions of products, and lets you take action in secondsall with the simple press of the Firefly button. See what people are already saying about Fire at www.amazon.com/Fire-Phone-Customers.

“Fire Phone puts everything you love about Amazon in the palm of your hand–instant access to Amazon’s vast content ecosystem and exclusive features like the Mayday button, ASAP, Second Screen, X-Ray, free unlimited photo storage, and more,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. “The Firefly button lets you identify printed web and email addresses, phone numbers, QR and bar codes, artwork, and over 100 million items, including songs, movies, TV shows, and products–and take action in seconds. We invented a new sensor system called Dynamic Perspective that recognizes where a user’s head is relative to the device–we use it to offer customers a more immersive experience, one-handed navigation, and gestures that actually work. And this is only the beginning–the most powerful inventions are the ones that empower others to unleash their creativity–that’s why today we are launching the Dynamic Perspective SDK and the Firefly SDK–we can’t wait to see how developers surprise us.”

Dynamic Perspective–Immersive Smartphone Experience

Dynamic Perspective uses four ultra-low power specialized cameras and four infrared LEDs built into the front face of Fire, a dedicated custom processor, sophisticated real-time computer vision algorithms, and a new high-performing and power-efficient graphics rendering engine. Dynamic Perspective features include:

  • One-handed gestures: Auto-scroll, tilt, swivel and peek for quicker, easier navigation and a better media and entertainment experience. For example, with auto-scroll, customers can read a long web page or a book without ever having to touch the screen; tilt in Amazon Music shows song lyrics; swivel instantly reveals quick actions; peek in Maps shows layered information like Yelp ratings and reviews.
  • Immersive apps and games: Dynamic Perspective enables a new class of apps and games that are more immersive, and make it quicker and easier for the user to access information. For example, peek to instantly see close-up front and back views of a dress in the new Amazon Shopping app for Fire. In games like Lili, take on the character’s viewpoint and move your head to look around corners, obstacles, and other objects.
  • Enhanced Carousel: Stay productive with real-time updates and take action right from the home screen–triage email, find recent photos, access most visited websites, return missed calls, view appointments, and more. Developers can customize the contents of their dynamic app and how it responds to user actions. For example, Zillow’s app in the carousel shows property information based on the location, so customers can access search results on nearby homes from the carousel without having to launch the Zillow app. USA TODAY shows headlines most relevant to customer’s interest–someone who frequents football in the Sports section will see those related headlines appear in the carousel.

Starting today, Amazon is introducing the Dynamic Perspective SDK that enables developers to build new experiences with this groundbreaking technology. Learn more about the SDK at http://developer.amazon.com/firephone.

Firefly Technology-Illuminate Your World

Firefly combines Amazon’s deep catalog of physical and digital content with multiple image, text and audio recognition technologies to quickly identify web and email addresses, phone numbers, QR and bar codes, plus over 100 million items, including movies, TV episodes, songs, and products. Simply press and hold the dedicated Firefly button to discover helpful information and take action in seconds.

  • Printed phone numbers, email, web addresses, QR, and bar codes: Firefly identifies printed text on signs, posters, magazines and business cards–make a call, send an email, save as a contact, or go to the website without typing out long URLs or email addresses.
  • 245,000 movies and TV episodes, and 160 live TV channels: Firefly recognizes movies and TV episodes, and uses IMDb for X-Ray to show actors, plot synopses, and related content–add titles to Watch List or download and start watching immediately.
  • 35 million songs: Firefly recognizes music and uses Amazon Music’s rich catalog to show information about the artist–play more songs, add them to your Wish List, or download instantly to your Fire. Developers, such as iHeartRadio and StubHub, used the SDK to build Firefly-enabled apps, so customers can create a new radio station based on the song or find concert tickets for the artist.
  • 70 million products, including household items, books, DVDs, CDs, video games, and more: Access product details, add items to your Wish List, or order on Amazon.com.


The Firefly SDK is available starting today so developers can invent new ways to use this advanced technology. Later this year, Firefly will include artwork recognition, foreign language translation, and wine label recognition powered by Vivino. Learn more about the SDK at http://developer.amazon.com/firephone.

Amazon Exclusive Features and Vast Digital Ecosystem–All Deeply Integrated

Fire seamlessly integrates Amazon’s vast digital ecosystem for instant access to over 33 million songs, apps, games, movies, TV shows, books, audiobooks, and magazines, including thousands of exclusivesPlus, Prime members get unlimited streaming of tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes at no additional cost with Prime Instant Video, over 500,000 books to borrow with the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, and the all-new Prime Music–unlimited streaming and download of more than a million songs and hundreds of expert-programmed playlists–all at no additional cost.

Fire deeply integrates Amazon exclusive services:

  • Mayday is now available over 3G and 4G, in addition to Wi-Fi–simply hit the Mayday button in quick actions and an Amazon expert will appear via live video to co-pilot you through any feature on the device. Amazon experts are able to draw on the screen, talk you through how to do a task, or do it for you–whatever works best. Mayday is available 24×7, 365 days a year, and it’s free. Amazon’s response time goal for Mayday is 15 seconds or less–since launch, the average response time has been 9.75 seconds.
  • ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction) predicts which movies and TV episodes you’ll want to watch and prepares them for instant playback before you even hit play.
  • X-Ray helps you get more from books, music, movies, and TV shows. Explore the bones of a book, including characters, ideas and background with a single tap on the screen; bring the power of IMDb right to Fire for trivia on movies and TV shows; plus, with X-Ray for Music, see synchronized lyrics display while you listen to your favorite song.
  • Second Screen lets you fling TV shows and movies from Fire phone to your Fire TV, PlayStation or any other Miracast-enabled device. Second Screen turns your TV into the primary screen and frees up Fire phone to provide playback controls and a customized display for X-Ray, all without leaving the TV show or movie you’re watching.
  • Free unlimited cloud storage of photos taken with Fire, automatically backed-up wirelessly and available across Amazon devices and Cloud Drive apps so you have access anywhere.

Beautiful Industrial Design & Powerful Hardware

Built using premium materials, including Gorilla Glass 3 for the rear and front, aluminum buttons, stainless steel details and a rubberized polyurethane grip area, Fire is optimized for beauty, hand comfort and powerful performance:

  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 2.2 GHz processor and 2GB RAM for excellent fluidity and image rendering.
  • 4.7-inch HD display with an ambient light sensor and Dynamic Image Contrast that delivers better outdoor viewing.
  • Global LTE and connectivity with nine bands of LTE, four bands of GSM, five bands of UMTS for better voice coverage and faster data speeds, 802.11ac support, Wi-Fi channel bonding, NFC, and Bluetooth.
  • Dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus for a virtual surround sound experience.
  • Advanced imaging system with custom-tuned 13MP rear-facing camera with backside illumination, LED flash, 5-element f/2.0 lens, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), and high dynamic range (HDR) capabilities for beautiful, crisp photos, even in low-light conditions. Fire also includes a 2.1MP front-facing camera. Both front and rear-facing cameras record smooth 1080p HD videos.
  • Reliable backup and restore leveraging the experience and operational excellence of Amazon Web Services and its cloud technology. Fire customers can automatically back up device settings, notes, bookmarks, messages, and installed applications–no need to manually configure or connect to a computer.

Availability & Exclusive Network Partner

Fire ships on July 25 and is available exclusively on AT&T–the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network. Starting today, customers can pre-order Fire at www.amazon.com/Fire-Phone,www.att.com and in AT&T retail locations nationwide. Fire with 32GB is available for $199 with a two-year contract–that’s an extra 16GB of memory for the same price as many other premium smartphones–or zero money down for as little as $27.09 a month from AT&T on Next 18. Fire is also available with 64GB for $299 with a two-year contract or starting at $31.25/month fromAT&T on Next 18.

Limited Time, Introductory Offer

Starting today, customers can take advantage of an introductory, limited time offer–buy Fire and get 12 months of Amazon Prime included–FREE Two-Day Shipping on millions of items, unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Instant Video, unlimited, ad-free streaming and downloading of over a million songs and hundreds of playlists, and over 500,000 books to borrow from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. Existing Prime members get an additional 12 months added to their account.

About Amazon.com

Amazon opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by three principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire phone, Fire tablets, and Fire TV are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

 



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Open Thread: Your Thoughts on the Amazon Fire Phone?

Amazon has officially unveiled its first phone, the Fire Phone. The device sports decent specs (4.7-inch HD display, 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor, 2GB RAM, 13MP OIS camera, etc.) and runs $199 or $299 on-contract with AT&T (exclusively) depending on how much storage you jump at. It launches July 25 and can be pre-ordered already.

The Fire Phone relies on features like “Dynamic Perspective” to stand out from the crowd, which is a 3D-like experience that utilizes front facing cameras to follow your every head-move. There is a feature called Firefly that can take text, audio, or video and present you with results for it on the phone, in hopes that you will buy them, more than likely. It uses Mayday for live support like Amazon’s tablets do, forces you into Amazon’s ecosystem, and even includes 12 months of Prime for free should you buy one.

But is it all just one giant gimmick to get you to buy more stuff from Amazon? The phone doesn’t scream “high-end” by today’s standards if you look at the specs, unless you consider a 4-camera 3D trick to be high-end. The price is insanely high if you compare it to what true Android or iOS devices have to offer (like the HTC One (M8), Galaxy S5, or iPhone 5s). The Amazon ecosystem isn’t great by any means in terms of apps or music. So what’s the play here? Why would you want one?

It’s time to sound off in the comments. 

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The Amazon Fire Phone forums are now open!

The new Amazon Fire Phone is the most ambitious mobile device yet from the online retail giant. With high-end specs and unique software features like Firefly visual search and “Dynamic Perspective” 3D effects — not to mention a ton of content — the Fire Phone brings a lot of new stuff to the table. As we all mull over the day’s big announcements from Amazon, we’ve already got some great discussion going on over on the Android Central forums, so head on over there to join the conversation!

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Amazon Fire Phone now available for pre-order, launches on AT&T this July for $200

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If you saw our announcement post, you already learned everything there is to know about the all new Amazon Fire Phone. Featuring Amazon’s new Dynamic Perspective UI and Firefly recognition technology, it’s time to talk pricing and availability. Confirming rumors, the phone will be exclusive to AT&T when it launches on July 25th for $200 with a 2-year agreement (32GB model), or $100 more for the 64GB model.

For those looking to buy the phone off contract, you’ll find the 32GB model retailing for $650, or the 64GB model for $750 on Amazon. Both variants are available for pre-order and come with a full year of Amazon Prime (a $100 value), unlimited Amazon Cloud Drive storage for your photos, and tangle-free stereo earbuds. You can find both models via the Amazon links below.

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Amazon officially unveils the Fire Phone

We’re here at Amazon’s “device unveiling” event where the retail giant has just announced its long-awaited entrant into the phone market. The Fire Phone is glass on both sides with a metal frame, rubber trim and metal buttons and has a 4.7-inch IPS LCD display.



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Live from Amazon’s Fire Phone launch event in Seattle!

Join us as we see if Amazon is actually about to launch its first smartphone

So, here we are. Today we’re live in Seattle, Amazon’s HQ, for a live device launch. We’ve seen Amazon device launches before but none, possibly, like this one. If the rumors play out, we might be about to see Amazon’s very first smartphone. Or maybe new Kindle Fires. Or both. We really don’t know.

We’re on the ground at the event to bring you the very best of it all and we’ve fired up the old liveblog machine to help. It’s all going down at 10:30 a.m. Pacific which translates to 1:30 p.m. Eastern and 6:30 p.m. in London. So, join us, and head on past the break for the liveblog.



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Amazon Officially Unveils Its First Smartphone: Say Hello To Fire Phone

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We’ve been hearing about Amazon’s potential smartphone for what seems like years, but today it’s finally real. At a super-exclusive Amazon event, Jeff Bezos talked about Prime, Kindles, FireTV, customers, some other stuff, and took wraps off of the company’s first go at a phone. It is, as you may have guessed, an interesting one. It’s packing some rather unique features, as well as top-notch hardware:

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  • 4.7″ IPS LCD HD display “optimized for one-handed use” – 590 nit brightness, Gorilla Glass
  • Quad core 2.2GHz processor
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32/64GB storage
  • 13MP f/2.0 rear shooter, OIS – instant access button, even with the screen off
  • Four front-facing cameras for dynamic perspective and a wider field of view
  • Unlimited photo storage (cloud)
  • Dual stereo speakers
  • Ships with non-tangle headphones with flat cable and magnetic buds
  • Glass back
  • Aluminum Buttons
  • Nine-band LTE
  • $199 on-contract, AT&T Only

So yeah, Fire Phone.

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Amazon Fire Phone officially announced — here’s everything you need to know

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Amazon’s finally done it, folks — their first phone is officially here, and it’s called the Amazon Fire Phone. It’s a 4.7-inch HD smartphone that actually has quite a bit of oomph in terms of power.

Hardware and Specs

Beneath the hood is a 2.2GHz quad-core processor (Snapdragon 800, anyone?) and 2GB of RAM. Also of immediate noteworthy mention is a 13 megapixel camera that can hold its own in low-light photography situations up against phones like the iPhone 5S and the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Moving on to the build of this thing, Amazon has crafted the Fire Phone using a soft, rubberized coating atop a chassis that stays together with injection-molded steel connectors. The buttons (including a dedicated camera key) are made out of aluminum to give them that premium, lasting feel.

Amazon Prime, Software and Services

But with Amazon being Amazon, you know that hardware is just the tool for pushing software and services. You can expect the full Amazon experience from their tablets and even the Amazon Fire TV, including access to Amazon Instant Video (over 200,000 titles available for Instant Streaming if you have a Prime membership), Kindle, Whispersync, Comixology, Amazon MP3 and Music, and more.

Something special Amazon’s added to the mix for this phone is free, unlimited photo storage (so all those great photos you’ll take won’t have to take up any space on your phone). Even the Mayday button makes its return, giving you access to live help from a technical support representative in under 15 seconds over 3G, 4G or WiFi.

Amazon Firefly

And then there’s Firefly, an app that can help you identify books, TV shows and movies, music, games, art and more at the press of a button. Think of it as SoundHound and Google Goggles mashed into one nice experience, except it’s capable of identifying a lot more multimedia than both of those services combined. Upon identifying whatever it is you are looking for, Amazon Fire Phone could load it up for you in your favorite app or suggest ways to check it out in further detail.

It even works with phone numbers and email addresses. Imagine walking up to a flier for a nearby concert and needing to get the phone number to purchase tickets. Instead of typing it in yourself, you could hit the Firefly button (the app is supposed to open up in just one second) and quickly snap a photo of the phone number. Even if the phone number isn’t complete (local businesses tend to omit the area code), Amazon’s semantics booster can figure it out by an algorithm that can automatically identify the area code and exchange number.

The most exciting part about Firefly will be its SDK. You as a user won’t care about how to use the SDK, of course, but you will care about what it allows developers to do. In just one day iHeartRadio was able to integrate Amazon Firefly into their app and make it compatible with Amazon’s database, so the next time you identify a song on the radio iHeartRadio’s app can automatically make note of it and pull up the song or related radio stations.

Dynamic Perspective (3D)

One of the big things we heard about ahead of launch was “3D.” Of course, the internet being the internet, many people went wild with what “3D” on the Amazon Fire Phone would be like.

We’re sad (or happy?) to say that it’s none of that. Dynamic Perspective is the “3D” feature we’ve been hearing about, and it doesn’t sound quite that great at first glance. Tilting your phone to the left, right, up or down will allow you to do several things. On a web page or within an app you can scroll through content simply by tilting the phone.

With a photo, you can see different perspectives (if the photo was adapted for the feature) by moving it left or right. The most impressive example was in Maps, where you can tilt the phone to see around the corner of a 3D building (you know, just in case that right turn you’re supposed to make isn’t quite as visible as it should be).

And thanks to some pretty amazing tech their engineers cooked up, it can also detect head movement without the phone moving at all. Tilting your head to the side could reveal the perspective you want just as tilting the phone would. Amazon ensures your head can always be seen by having four different front-facing cameras — one for each corner of the phone.

Not only does this prevent the camera from being blocked (unless you really, really want it to for some reason), but the infrared sensors embedded make it so all of this works quite well in low-light. It’s the perfect solution to a problem that really never needed solving (up until now, that is).

Amazon also talked about how much work and data collection went into ensuring their phones could detect actual heads. Millions of images from thousands of faces were used, apparently, and the phone’s ability to accurately detect the depth and size of a head makes it so that doing something like holding up a photo of someone’s head won’t quite trick the phone.

Just like Firefly, Amazon has built an SDK for developers to tap into this functionality and create apps that use it to its full advantage. Developers interested in learning more needn’t look much further than right here.

Pricing and Availability

In classic Amazon fashion you won’t have to wait long at all to grab this phone if you really want it — it’s sitting on their website right now available for pre-order in 32GB ($650) or 64GB ($750) options for AT&T. That’s a bit steep, but you can be sure AT&T will be offering these for $0 down through AT&T Next once it launches July 25th.

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Fire Phone will be AT&T exclusive, ships next month

Looking forward to picking up the Fire Phone from Amazon? You might have to temper your enthusiasm for the phone as Amazon has just announced that AT&T is the exclusive carrier for the Fire Phone. Pre-orders start today and the phone will ship July 25. More details after the break.



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Amazon Fire Phone vs. Galaxy S5 vs. Moto X

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Well, well, well, look who finally announced a phone. The long-rumored Amazon phone has finally been unveiled. As with all new Android devices (yes, the Fire Phone is still based on Android) we like to compare them with the best on the market and equal counterparts. The Fire Phone is not the most spec’d out device you will ever see, which is why we’re comparing it to the mid-range Moto X and the flagship Samsung Galaxy S5.

As you can see, the phone holds its own against both devices, but it’s clear that the Fire Phone is not about specs. While you and I may look at this chart as an indication of whether or not to buy it, Amazon’s demographic doesn’t care about screen size or processor power. The Fire Phone was built from the ground up to make it easy for consumer to buy stuff and use their services.

What do you think about these specs and the Fire Phone? Do you care about a device that doesn’t try to win the spec war? Are you invested in Amazon services enough to want this phone?

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Amazon Announces the Fire Phone

Amazon just unveiled their first phone, the Fire Phone.

It is as expected. There is a 3D like UI thanks to a bunch of front facing cameras, with an effect that Amazon is calling “Dynamic Perspective.” The phone itself sports a 4.7-inch HD display, 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor, 2GB RAM, 13MP rear camera with OIS, and of course, runs Amazon’s custom Android interface that tries as hard as it can to hide Android. 

The Fire Phone uses a technology called Firefly to recognize text, audio, and images, basically so that you can buy products from Amazon.

The device will be exclusive to AT&T, but you already knew that. It arrives July 25.

We will have more as it unfolds, but Amazon is still taking their sweet time announcing everything in a press event that has run well over an hour.

Update:  You can pre-order the Fire Phone here.

Press Release

Introducing Fire, the First Smartphone Designed by Amazon

  • New breakthrough innovations—Dynamic Perspective, Firefly button, and more
  • Seamless integration with Amazon’s vast ecosystem—over 33 million songs, apps, games, movies, TV shows, books, and more
  • Only smartphone with Mayday, ASAP, X-Ray, and Second Screen
  • Dynamic Perspective SDK and Firefly SDK now available
  • Fire is available exclusively on AT&T, the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network
  • Limited time, introductory offer—12 months of Prime included

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jun. 18, 2014– (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today unveiled Fire, the first smartphone designed by Amazon. Fire is the only smartphone with Dynamic Perspective and Firefly, two new breakthrough technologies that allow you to see and interact with the world through a whole new lens. Dynamic Perspective uses a new sensor system to respond to the way you hold, view, and move Fire, enabling experiences not possible on other smartphones. Firefly quickly recognizes things in the real world—web and email addresses, phone numbers, QR and bar codes, movies, music, and millions of products, and lets you take action in seconds—all with the simple press of the Firefly button. See what people are already saying about Fire at www.amazon.com/Fire-Phone-Customers.

“Fire Phone puts everything you love about Amazon in the palm of your hand—instant access to Amazon’s vast content ecosystem and exclusive features like the Mayday button, ASAP, Second Screen, X-Ray, free unlimited photo storage, and more,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. “The Firefly button lets you identify printed web and email addresses, phone numbers, QR and bar codes, artwork, and over 100 million items, including songs, movies, TV shows, and products—and take action in seconds. We invented a new sensor system called Dynamic Perspective that recognizes where a user’s head is relative to the device—we use it to offer customers a more immersive experience, one-handed navigation, and gestures that actually work. And this is only the beginning—the most powerful inventions are the ones that empower others to unleash their creativity—that’s why today we are launching the Dynamic Perspective SDK and the Firefly SDK—we can’t wait to see how developers surprise us.”

Dynamic Perspective—Immersive Smartphone Experience

Dynamic Perspective uses four ultra-low power specialized cameras and four infrared LEDs built into the front face of Fire, a dedicated custom processor, sophisticated real-time computer vision algorithms, and a new high-performing and power-efficient graphics rendering engine. Dynamic Perspective features include:

  • One-handed gestures: Auto-scroll, tilt, swivel and peek for quicker, easier navigation and a better media and entertainment experience. For example, with auto-scroll, customers can read a long web page or a book without ever having to touch the screen; tilt in Amazon Music shows song lyrics; swivel instantly reveals quick actions; peek in Maps shows layered information like Yelp ratings and reviews.
  • Immersive apps and games: Dynamic Perspective enables a new class of apps and games that are more immersive, and make it quicker and easier for the user to access information. For example, peek to instantly see close-up front and back views of a dress in the new Amazon Shopping app for Fire. In games like Lili, take on the character’s viewpoint and move your head to look around corners, obstacles, and other objects.
  • Enhanced Carousel: Stay productive with real-time updates and take action right from the home screen—triage email, find recent photos, access most visited websites, return missed calls, view appointments, and more. Developers can customize the contents of their dynamic app and how it responds to user actions. For example, Zillow’s app in the carousel shows property information based on the location, so customers can access search results on nearby homes from the carousel without having to launch the Zillow app. USA TODAY shows headlines most relevant to customer’s interest—someone who frequents football in the Sports section will see those related headlines appear in the carousel.

Starting today, Amazon is introducing the Dynamic Perspective SDK that enables developers to build new experiences with this groundbreaking technology. Learn more about the SDK at http://developer.amazon.com/firephone.

Firefly Technology–Illuminate Your World

Firefly combines Amazon’s deep catalog of physical and digital content with multiple image, text and audio recognition technologies to quickly identify web and email addresses, phone numbers, QR and bar codes, plus over 100 million items, including movies, TV episodes, songs, and products. Simply press and hold the dedicated Firefly button to discover helpful information and take action in seconds.

  • Printed phone numbers, email, web addresses, QR, and bar codes: Firefly identifies printed text on signs, posters, magazines and business cards—make a call, send an email, save as a contact, or go to the website without typing out long URLs or email addresses.
  • 245,000 movies and TV episodes, and 160 live TV channels: Firefly recognizes movies and TV episodes, and uses IMDb for X-Ray to show actors, plot synopses, and related content—add titles to Watch List or download and start watching immediately.
  • 35 million songs: Firefly recognizes music and uses Amazon Music’s rich catalog to show information about the artist—play more songs, add them to your Wish List, or download instantly to your Fire. Developers, such as iHeartRadio and StubHub, used the SDK to build Firefly-enabled apps, so customers can create a new radio station based on the song or find concert tickets for the artist.
  • 70 million products, including household items, books, DVDs, CDs, video games, and more: Access product details, add items to your Wish List, or order on Amazon.com.

The Firefly SDK is available starting today so developers can invent new ways to use this advanced technology. Later this year, Firefly will include artwork recognition, foreign language translation, and wine label recognition powered by Vivino. Learn more about the SDK at http://developer.amazon.com/firephone.

Amazon Exclusive Features and Vast Digital Ecosystem—All Deeply Integrated

Fire seamlessly integrates Amazon’s vast digital ecosystem for instant access to over 33 million songs, apps, games, movies, TV shows, books, audiobooks, and magazines, including thousands of exclusives. Plus, Prime members get unlimited streaming of tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes at no additional cost with Prime Instant Video, over 500,000 books to borrow with the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, and the all-new Prime Music—unlimited streaming and download of more than a million songs and hundreds of expert-programmed playlists—all at no additional cost.

Fire deeply integrates Amazon exclusive services:

  • Mayday is now available over 3G and 4G, in addition to Wi-Fi—simply hit the Mayday button in quick actions and an Amazon expert will appear via live video to co-pilot you through any feature on the device. Amazon experts are able to draw on the screen, talk you through how to do a task, or do it for you—whatever works best. Mayday is available 24×7, 365 days a year, and it’s free. Amazon’s response time goal for Mayday is 15 seconds or less—since launch, the average response time has been 9.75 seconds.
  • ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction) predicts which movies and TV episodes you’ll want to watch and prepares them for instant playback before you even hit play.
  • X-Ray helps you get more from books, music, movies, and TV shows. Explore the bones of a book, including characters, ideas and background with a single tap on the screen; bring the power of IMDb right to Fire for trivia on movies and TV shows; plus, with X-Ray for Music, see synchronized lyrics display while you listen to your favorite song.
  • Second Screen lets you fling TV shows and movies from Fire phone to your Fire TV, PlayStation or any other Miracast-enabled device. Second Screen turns your TV into the primary screen and frees up Fire phone to provide playback controls and a customized display for X-Ray, all without leaving the TV show or movie you’re watching.
  • Free unlimited cloud storage of photos taken with Fire, automatically backed-up wirelessly and available across Amazon devices and Cloud Drive apps so you have access anywhere.

Beautiful Industrial Design & Powerful Hardware

Built using premium materials, including Gorilla Glass 3 for the rear and front, aluminum buttons, stainless steel details and a rubberized polyurethane grip area, Fire is optimized for beauty, hand comfort and powerful performance:

  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 2.2 GHz processor and 2GB RAM for excellent fluidity and image rendering.
  • 4.7-inch HD display with an ambient light sensor and Dynamic Image Contrast that delivers better outdoor viewing.
  • Global LTE and connectivity with nine bands of LTE, four bands of GSM, five bands of UMTS for better voice coverage and faster data speeds, 802.11ac support, Wi-Fi channel bonding, NFC, and Bluetooth.
  • Dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus for a virtual surround sound experience.
  • Advanced imaging system with custom-tuned 13MP rear-facing camera with backside illumination, LED flash, 5-element f/2.0 lens, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), and high dynamic range (HDR) capabilities for beautiful, crisp photos, even in low-light conditions. Fire also includes a 2.1MP front-facing camera. Both front and rear-facing cameras record smooth 1080p HD videos.
  • Reliable backup and restore leveraging the experience and operational excellence of Amazon Web Services and its cloud technology. Fire customers can automatically back up device settings, notes, bookmarks, messages, and installed applications—no need to manually configure or connect to a computer.

Availability & Exclusive Network Partner

Fire ships on July 25 and is available exclusively on AT&T—the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network. Starting today, customers can pre-order Fire at www.amazon.com/Fire-Phone, www.att.com and in AT&T retail locations nationwide. Fire with 32GB is available for $199 with a two-year contract—that’s an extra 16GB of memory for the same price as many other premium smartphones—or zero money down for as little as $27.09 a month from AT&T on Next 18. Fire is also available with 64GB for $299 with a two-year contract or starting at $31.25/month from AT&T on Next 18.

Limited Time, Introductory Offer

Starting today, customers can take advantage of an introductory, limited time offer—buy Fire and get 12 months of Amazon Prime included—FREE Two-Day Shipping on millions of items, unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Instant Video, unlimited, ad-free streaming and downloading of over a million songs and hundreds of playlists, and over 500,000 books to borrow from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. Existing Prime members get an additional 12 months added to their account.

About Amazon.com

Amazon opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by three principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire phone, Fire tablets, and Fire TV are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

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Amazon Fire Phone Forums now open for business!

amazon-1Ever since Amazon announced the first Kindle Fire Android Tablet we’ve been waiting for the company to enter similar territory with an Android Phone. Now they have as the company has just announced their very first smartphone: the Amazon Fire Phone.

This is sure to attract a ton of attention, a ton of customers, and a ton of discussion. For all three of those – especially the latter – you can now visit our Android Fire Phone Forums on AndroidForums.com!

  • Do you like the announcement?
  • Would you consider buying one?
  • If not for yourself, how about for family and friends?
  • What would have made the announcement better?
  • Does owning Amazon Prime, a Kindle, Fire TV, or being a frequent Amazon Shopper make this any more appealing to you?

Discuss this and much more at on the Amazon Fire Phone Forums… and of course in the comments below!

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Amazon licensing Android Appstore to BlackBerry

Deal opens up official access to Amazon’s app catalog for BlackBerry users

The BlackBerry love affair with Android apps opens a new chapter today with the news of a licensing deal with Amazon for its Appstore. With the launch of BlackBerry 10.3 this fall, BlackBerry 10 device owners will be able to download all the Android apps Amazon has to offer while BlackBerry is left “to focus on enterprise application development.”



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Amazon Appstore making its way to BlackBerry devices

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We all know that BlackBerry is headed towards its demise pretty rapidly, despite the launch of several midrange handsets over the course of the past couple of years. In the meanwhile, we have heard rumors of the company bringing Android apps to the BlackBerry 10 platform in order to increase the number of apps available to the users. Today these rumors have finally come to fruition as the company has officially signed a deal with Amazon to bring the Amazon Appstore to BlackBerry 10 devices.

This essentially means that Android applications that you see on Amazon’s app hub will make its way to BlackBerry 10 devices in the coming days. So if you have a friend or a relative on the fence about getting a BlackBerry 10 smartphone, this should make the decision a whole lot easier.

BlackBerry will work closely with Amazon to integrate the Appstore to BB10, and it might take some time to perfect the process. The company had hoped that developers would port apps from the Play Store to the BlackBerry World app store, but that hasn’t exactly taken off as they had expected. This new deal with Amazon will not require developers to individually port apps as the entire library will be made available on BB10 devices by Fall this year.

Source: BlackBerry

Via: Cult of Android

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