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Amazon has announced that it is acquiring digital comics platform comiXology for an undisclosed amount of money. Rising as a leader in digital comic distribution, comiXology is well known as one of the go-to places for comics across a variety of platforms.
Amazon announced today that is has reached an agreement to acquire comiXology, a comic book service which is known for “revolutionizing the digital comics reading experience.” The service is actually a digital marketplace for comic book lovers, allowing users to feed their addiction on mobile devices, as well as desktops.
In the press release, both Amazon and comiXology spoke on the deal. The CEO and Founder of comiXology says, “ComiXology’s mission is to spread the love of comics and graphic novels in all forms. There is no better home for comiXology than Amazon to see this vision through. Working together, we look to accelerate a new age for comic books and graphic novels.”
David Naggar, Amazon Vice President of Content Acquisition and Independent Publishing states, “Amazon and comiXology share a passion for reinventing reading in a digital world. We’ve long admired the passion comiXology brings to changing the way we buy and read comics and graphic novels. We look forward to investing in the business, growing the team, and together, bringing comics and graphic novels to even more readers.”
No value has yet been placed on the acquisition, but details may arise at a later time, once the deal is finalized in the second quarter of 2014. For those worried that their beloved comic service might change, no one should worry quite yet.
For now, comiXology HQ will remain in New York and business will take place as usual.
Geeksphone, a spain-based smartphone manufacturer, released it’s new flagship, the Revolution, back in February which dual-boots Android and Firefox OS.
A few weeks ago, you could get the device through the company’s website, however, it is now available for sale on Amazon in the Europe. If you’re interested to get your hands on it, you can order one from Amazon Spain, Germany, France and the U.K and it will be available in Italy soon. If you order it before April 15, you’ll get a 30% discount reducing the price to €240 which is equivalent to $330.
As for the specs, the Revolution device features a 4.7 inch IPS LCD screen of qHD resolution powered by dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 chipset clocked at 1.6GHz, 1GB of RAM, 8MP 1080p camera and 2,000 mAh battery.
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[Deal Alert] Amazon Gold Box Has The Sweat-Proof Jaybird Freedom Bluetooth Headphones For $39.99 ($30 Off)
Looking for some Bluetooth headphones that can survive your workout routine? Then you might want to swing by Amazon’s one-day special site, Gold Box. Today’s deal is the Jaybird Freedom Bluetooth headphones for $39.99, over 40% off. In addition to A2DP stereo music support and voice calls, these guys have a lifetime warranty against sweat and are designed to stay secure during movement.
This is the older design for Jaybird’s Bluetooth buds, more recently replaced by the Freedom Sprint (which still retail for $100).
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[Deal Alert] Amazon Gold Box Has The Sweat-Proof Jaybird Freedom Bluetooth Headphones For $39.99 ($30 Off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Amazon has announced that video streaming via Prime members has tripled over the past year. According to Qwilt, who Amazon cites for these metrics, that places them as the third place media streaming service, ahead of both Hulu and Apple.
Bill Carr, Vice President of Digital Video and Music for Amazon, said “We’ve invested hundreds of millions of dollars in great TV shows and movies for Prime members and it’s working”. He went on to note that Fire TV will only serve to strengthen the bond we have with Prime media streaming. Original content also contributes to the overall success, here.
Though ahead of Hulu and Apple, Amazon is still behind both YouTube and Netflix. Qwilt also doesn’t measure “views”, instead focussing on bandwidth. “If you click on a YouTube video watch it for two seconds, that’s considered a view. It’s not really an accurate measurement for video” said Dan Sahar, co-founder and VP of Product Marketing at Qwilt. By monitoring the bandwidth usage, Qwilt feels they can more accurately discover usage statistics.
This time last year, Amazon was fifth behind the others mentioned here. Qwilt attributes their rapid climb almost solely to the buildout of Amazon Instant Video. With Fire TV adding a layer of delivery, we’re still hopeful to see Chromecast functionality soon to push Amazon over the top.
[New App] Sony Releases Lifelog App Into The Play Store, The Companion To Its New SmartBand SWR10 Activity Tracker
Back at this year’s Mobile World Congress, Sony unveiled its new SmartBand SWR10 activity tracker (like everyone else) and a Lifelog app to go with it. Together, the pair will be able to track your location, activities, and certain social data. Sony still has the SmartBand listed as coming soon on its site (despite Newegg showing it as in-stock and the accessory being temporarily available on Amazon last month), but the company has now released the Lifelog companion app into the Play Store.
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- [CES 2014] Sony Unveils Its ‘SmartWear’ Vision – The SmartBand Activity Tracking Bracelet, SBH80 Bluetooth Headset, And More
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[New App] Sony Releases Lifelog App Into The Play Store, The Companion To Its New SmartBand SWR10 Activity Tracker was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
About a month ago Samsung announced the second edition Chromebooks, happily named the Chromebook 2. The new devices were slated for an April release, one week into the month and they are finally making their appearance via pre-order through Amazon.
You can get your order’s in today, but it won’t be shipping out until later this month. You have the choice of either a 11.6-inch or 13.3-inch screen model. Both models have the fancy Octa-Core Exynos 5 CPU, 4GB of RAM, 16GB storage by way of a SSD and battery life hitting at 8 hours. You will also find USB 2.0 and 3.0 connections along with an HDMI port,SD card slot and a 720p front facing webcam.
As for what sets the two models apart, it is mostly screen size and weight. The 11.6-inch model weighs in at 2.4 pounds while the 13.3-inch model packs on a little extra at 3.1 pounds. Interestingly enough, the outlined specs on Amazon also points out that the processor is clocked at 1.9GHz on the 11.6 9 (a Exynos 5420) and 2.0 GHz on the 13.3-inch ( a Exynos 5800).
As added perks, you also get AIrDroid Premium, Wunderlist Pro and Little Bridge. We can’t forget to mention the 100 GB of Drive storage for 2 years either.
As far as price tags are concerned, you will be looking at $319.99 for the 11.6-inch model in jetblack and $399.99 for the 13.3-inch in Luminous Titanium
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Koushik Dutta made quick work on getting AllCast up to snuff for the launch of Amazon Fire TV, as the developer has issued an update that will allow you to play all your content from your mobile device on the big screen. It also enables complete 1:1 device mirroring for those of you into that kinky stuff.
Koush was pleasantly surprised that the Fire TV was the best among all the current mirroring solutions AllCast supports. Whereas Chromecast suffers with audio after a few minutes of high bitrate playback and Apple TV sound is not yet implemented, the Amazon Fire TV provided both high quality video/audio and low latency at the same time.
The latency isn’t low enough to play timing-based games such as Flappy Bird, racers or shooters, mind you, but it should be perfectly fine for playing videos and showing photos.
It’s just another testament to Amazon’s desire to provide a device with great visuals and powerful hardware to make for one of the fastest set-top box experiences out there. Head to Google Play for the download if you’re interested, and watch a couple demos of the feature in use in the embeds above and below.
Samsung officially announced the new Chromebook 2 back in March and is to expected to launch in April. Starting today, customers can now pre-order the new Chromebook 2 from Amazon, which will ship sometime in April.
Two variants of the laptop are up for sale, one is the 11.6-inch model for $320 and another is the 13-inch model for $400. They will have a faux leather lid just like the Galaxy Note 3. The 13-inch model comes with a full HD display with 1920×1080 resolution and both the models will have Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa processor with 4GB of RAM and will be able to run for up to 8.5 hours on a single battery charge.
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Looking to buy an Amazon Fire TV with the partial purpose of playing games soon? Unfortunately you won’t be able to play games that require the gaming controller for quite some time, as the company has placed it on backorder until May 11th.
It’s tough to say whether this means gaming on the Fire TV is extremely popular or if Amazon had a shortage to begin with. It’d be great news if the former scenario were true, as that would indicate Amazon’s gaming initiative has a good chance of taking off.
Fortunately, not all of Amazon’s games will require the gaming controller. Some can be played using the remote controller that ships with the Fire TV by default, so don’t be afraid to buy one now and get your gaming controller later. Note that you can also order your controller right now, though it won’t ship until May 11th (and you won’t be charged until that happens). Read our first impressions of Amazon Fire TV right here, and jump over to Amazon if you decide to purchase one.
Another streaming device means another potential toy for Koushik Dutta to play with. And true enough, the renowned Android developer has just pushed out an update to his AllCast app that allows mirroring smartphones on the newly unveiled Amazon Fire TV.
Koush’s AllCast has come a long way before it finally shed its beta status late last year. It even got yanked off Google Play Store due to issues with Google’s policies for free and paid versions of apps, though that was fortunately resolved quickly. Then in February, it became one of the first to jump in on the Chromecast train after the SDK was released. And now, Koush is jumping yet again.
AllCast boasts of support for a number of devices including Roku, Apple TV, Xbox’s, Chromecast, and now Amazon Fire TV, but mirroring support is limited to only three devices, with apparently widely different performance. Surprisingly, the Chromecast performs the poorest, with video quality only getting better after 2 minutes and with audio being terrible. Furthermore, Chromecast mirroring is only available on the Nexus 5. Apple TV, on the other hand, has good video but has no audio support as of the moment. This leaves the new Amazon Fire TV which Koush claims is actually the best of the three, with great video and great audio and even works on all devices running Android 4.4. The video below demonstrates this new feature, using everyone’s new favorite avian game.
That said, Amazon Fire TV mirroring is still marked as beta, so expect some bugs and future changes. As before, AllCast is available on Google Play Store in free and premium versions. The free version is limited to only 1 minute of viewing, both pictures and videos, and a $4.99 purchase will be required for unlimited access.
- Koushik Dutta runs afoul of Google once again as they remove two of his apps from Play Store
- AllCast sheds the beta tag, arrives in the Play Store for all
- AllCast app update brings Chromecast support
- AllCast update brings in a whole new look and Muzei support
- AllCast gets new now playing screen, lock screen controls and more
- AllCast adds subtitles for Chromecast and Roku playback fixes
Haven’t gotten yourself a Chromecast yet? Well, what are you waiting for? If it’s a great deal then head over to Best Buy or Amazon, because they have slashed $5 off the price of the awesome little dongle. Sure, it isn’t a huge discount, but saving money is saving money, and I guarantee you once you get a Chromecast, you will wonder how you survived without it. Hit one of the links below to go grab yourself one, and let us know if you did.
Amazon recently announced a new device that will make grocery shopping with AmazonFresh extremely easy.
Amazon’s new Dash is a thin long device that works much like a remote control. The device has a microphone and a barcode scanner to which you can speak into the microphone the name of a product or even scan the barcode of a particular product to have it added to your Amazon Fresh account.
Amazon is offering the device as a trial-basis and to get one, you’ll have to be a customer of Amazon Prime Fresh which is only available to customers in San Francisco and Los Angeles. The Prime Fresh subscription costs $300 year and is only available in a few cities.
Amazon’s Prime Fresh has already made it an easier task to shop grocery items and with the introduction of the company’s new Dash device, it has made it now extremely easy allowing you to use your voice or simply point at a product and have it added to your Amazon Fresh shopping list.
Source: Amazon Dash
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If you want a Chromecast, you probably already have one – that’s kind of the point of pricing something in the range of an impulse purchase. The early supply issues have been worked out, new and updated apps with Chromecast support are practically flooding into the Play Store, and Google’s tiny streamer has even made its way to Europe. But if you’re an American who refuses to pay retail, you’ll be glad to know that the Chromecast is once again on sale for $29.99 at both Amazon and Best Buy.
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[Deal Alert] The $29.99 Chromecast Deal ($5 Off) Is Back At Best Buy And Amazon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Samsung’s newest wearables are now up for pre-order through Amazon. The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches along with the Gear Fit smartband can all be pre-ordered today. The Gear 2 costs $299 while the Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit both carry a $199 price tag.
Hit one of the source links below to pre-order yours.
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Wherein our editor resigns himself to needing too many HDMI inputs to cover his streaming bases
I don’t want that much, really. Just to be able to stream All The Things to my living room receiver. Google content. Amazon content. Netflix. YouTube. Satellite radio, perhaps.
I’m not cutting the cable cord. Life without quick and proper DVR access is not something I want to consider, given the current capacity for patience (or lack thereof) displayed by my 3-year-old daughter. (Don’t have kids? You don’t get to judge.)
And, unfortunately, I still need something to play DVDs. Again, mostly those (ridiculously cute, lovable, wouldn’t trade them for anything) darn kids.
There’s still no one platform to stream them all. Each comes close but ultimately is missing one key ingredient.
[Deal Alert] Verizon’s Galaxy S5 Is Just $99.99 From Amazon For New Accounts, No Rebates Or BOGO Necessary
So you want the new Samsung flagship, and you want it at a discount. You’re also not part of a family plan (so the admittedly nice Buy One, Get One deal isn’t for you) and you’re deathly afraid of papercuts, so the current mail-in rebate promotion from Verizon is out. Don’t worry, picky penny-pincher: Amazon is here to save the day with a $99.99 Samsung Galaxy S5, no conditions or hoops required.
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[Deal Alert] Verizon’s Galaxy S5 Is Just $99.99 From Amazon For New Accounts, No Rebates Or BOGO Necessary was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Another Saturday has arrived, which ultimately means another week has come to a close. This week did bring some interesting news and announcements, however as exciting as it was — it seems it was going to be a hard follow-up to the previous week when we saw HTC announce the One (M8).
We covered much of the HTC One (M8) news in the previous week, however we did compare the M8 and M7 just a few days earlier. Those considering an upgrade, or maybe even considering picking up a deeply discounted One (M7) may want to check out that post. We also saw Verizon begin accepting pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S5 this week.
Big Red was a bit slow opening these up and that basically meant no real surprise in terms of pricing and availability. They did release it similar to the One (M8), which is to say as a BOGO, or buy-one-get-one. But otherwise, the Galaxy S5 will be available with Verizon beginning on April 11th. The handset is $199.99 on a two-year agreement.
Of course, the big news this week was from Amazon. The long rumored set-top box was announced during an event on April 2nd. The Amazon Fire TV is a $99.99 box that does streaming media and gaming. Amazon even offered the Fire TV for sale immediately after the announcement. And along with the box itself, the game controller is priced at $40. Slightly less exciting as compared to the Fire TV, Amazon also revealed the Dash.
Microsoft released Outlook for Android, which was somewhat of a follow-up to the previous week when they released the long awaited update for Office Mobile for Android. The Office 365 requirement was dropped and users are now able to view and edit Office documents.
A few other highlights from the week came from JC who took a look at Sailfish OS, Nate who wrote a bit about five must have Chrome extensions, and from myself taking a look at five must have Pebble apps. Nate also reviewed the Polaroid XS100i Action Cam. Lastly, we took our first look at a pair of Verizon tablets. These included the LG G Pad 8.3 LTE and the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2. Both of these will have full review posts hitting the site very shortly so make sure to keep an eye out.
All things considered, it wasn’t all that bad for an April Fools week.
Amazon has rolled out Dash, a device that makes it easier to order groceries from their Amazon Fresh service. Currently limited to a few West Coast cities, Fresh offers the same delivery method enjoyed from Amazon proper, it just has foodstuff instead.
Dash is pretty simple, in that it’s both a barcode scanner and voice recorder, allowing you place orders easily. Once you scan or speak an order, it’s linked to your Amazon account, and all you have to do is approve it via the desktop or app. Pretty simple, really.
The device is currently free to a limited group, and is invitation only. You can sign-up on the Fresh website, but remember Fresh is only available in Seattle, San Francisco, and the L.A. area. Amazon hasn’t said if this device will work with their regular site at any point in time, and hasn’t returned our request for comment.
This compliments Amazon’s Fire TV service released earlier this week, and rounds out an Amazon device lineup including their Kindle Fire tablets. If Amazon released their oft-discussed smartphone, our homes could be littered with Amazon products.
Source: Amazon Fresh
Amazon Dash is a new way to shop from home — if you’re an AmazonFresh customer
Amazon is introducing a small barcode scanner that works in conjunction with your Amazon account, and when you scan a code or use your voice to describe a product it is added to your AmazonFresh shopping list.
Right now things are invitation only, but if you’re interested you can head to the source link and have a closer look. You’ll also find the sign up there if you were invited.
It looks like Amazon Fire TV wasn’t the only product Amazon had up their sleeves. The newly announced Amazon Dash is a tiny WiFi-connected accessory that was built for a very specific purpose: help get more people using AmazonFresh, Amazon’s same-day grocery delivery service.
Amazon Dash accomplishes this by helping users keep track of the groceries they need, as soon as they’re depleted. This can be done by either speaking the needed item into the Dash, or by using the built in laser scanner to scan the barcodes on empty products. Dash syncs up with AmazonFresh accounts which can then be accessed via the Android app, or on a computer via the preferred web browser.
Because not everyone has time to run to the grocery store every day for single items, it’s easy to see how this could be extremely helpful for stay at home moms/Steve Albrights with a small army of children. The best part? It’s Amazon Dash is completely free during its initial trial period, but only by invite (sign up here).
Currently AmazonFresh is only available in small parts of California and Washington, but expect the service to hit more markets in the future. Amazon’s instructions on setting up Dash can be found below.
It seems Amazon is on a roll this week, having just announced its set-top box Fire TV, and now Amazon Dash. With Dash, you simply scan items using the device or speak into its microphone, then Dash will add items to your Amazon Fresh shopping list. From there, Amazon ships the items to you, with most cases being 1-day delivery. As of right now, only certain regions in just two states are supported, but the future of grocery shopping looks exciting.
The flashlight-sized tool allows you to quickly take note of what exactly you need to stock up on in your household, and lets you move to a computer or mobile device to check the items out using Amazon Fresh’s payment system.
The device is also touted for its sturdiness, and ability to withstand the wrath of children along with dirty hands, so you can order new groceries while cooking without an issue.
As previously mentioned, you will only find Amazon Fresh (and Dash) to be available in Seattle and parts of California. The rest of the US isn’t looking it will see the service anytime too soon. Currently, only select Amazon Fresh members are receiving invites to get a free Dash device from Amazon, and there’s no word on when us regular folks will be able to net one.
Cool idea, right?
Via: Amazon Fresh
As Amazon finally moves into the market of devices meant to help consumers get digital content displayed on their TVs with the release of their Fire TV device, one of the big factors that may influence their success will be apps, including games. We’ve already seen Google’s strategy with Chromecast play out as they slowly dribbled out the ability for services and apps to make use of the device. Amazon appears to have done more work to ensure content is ready with the shipment of the devices, but there is still room for more apps to join the party. One example is Gameloft, which has already started optimizing their titles for use on Fire TV.
Initially, Gameloft has made three titles ready for Fire TV – Asphalt 8: Airborne, Modern Combat 4, and Despicable Me: Minion Rush. Gameloft says they will be optimizing more titles in the future. The company thinks “Amazon’s broad consumer base” will help drive the reach of their titles on the platform and ultimately the success of Fire TV.
Does the ability to access leading game titles, like those from Gameloft, have an impact on your interest in a device like the Amazon Fire TV?
source: Droid Gamers
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Open it up! That is exactly what iFixit has done, in usual fashion, to Amazon’s new set-top box. Fire TV has gotten the teardown treatment. iFixit rates devices from 1 to 10 when experiencing a teardown in terms of ease. Getting a 10 would solidify an easy fix when the time comes. In this case, the Fire TV set-top box earned an average 6. Not hard, but not easy.
One of the funnier parts of the teardown happened when iFixit made its way to inside. It looked like someone stuck a piece of gum; however, iFixit notes that this is just thermal compound that sticks and keeps everything cool. To further the goal of keeping the device cool, Amazon included a heat sink to spread out the temperature.
Anyone else want to see how Gary Busey would go about opening his beloved Fire TV?
To get a breakdown of this teardown, hit the source link below.
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With the release of the FireTV, Amazon is positioning itself to be one of the leading contenders for media streaming in the living room. While the focus of the box is on providing Amazon content straight to your living room, they’ve also included gaming as an option. Currently the titles are limited to a few hundred, but as the library for the device grows and Amazon Game Studios produces content, the FireTV could turn out to be a better set top box with gaming features than the OUYA.
OUYA’s biggest failure was the controller; it was sluggish, the touchpad worked only half as well as it was supposed to and the considerable lag between input and actions appearing on screen means playing games is a less than stellar experience.
Amazon has managed to to avoid input lag almost entirely when it comes to the controller, which is a very basic tenant of controller design that should never be failed. Despite the intentional OnLive-like design and lifting the layout straight from Microsoft’s Xbox platform, the Amazon FireTV controller does have a few quirks of its own.
Is the FireTV Controller good?
The dead zone for the analog sticks is perhaps the most noticeable of these. When playing a game like Sev Zero, which requires precise aiming in order to get headshots, the ability to flick the stick for the slight movement can mean the difference between a higher score and a win or a failure. It’s only slightly annoying because these aren’t meant to be competitive games, but if FireTV ever gets something like Towerfall, or even a first person shooter where people play against one another, the dead zone will be extremely noticeable.
Another design decision that will affect people with larger hands is the inclusion of the battery bump that Microsoft managed to get rid of with the Xbox One. Enough people complained about having the battery pack in the middle of the controller that Microsoft worked out a better solution, but Amazon hasn’t done the same with its newest effort. It’s not really a problem for me personally since I have small hands, but for those of you who preferred the original Xbox’s Duke controller, you’re going to notice that bump.
Overall, I would say this is a solid first effort for Amazon in terms of delivering a controller that could be used to experience more than mobile games.
Remember that Amazon Game Studios has hired some serious talent, including Portal’s Kim Swift and Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory lead Clint Hocking. Aside from that, Amazon also acquired Double Helix, the studio responsible for the reboot of Killer Instinct on the Xbox One. While Amazon’s game offering might be slim for now, don’t expect their games to remain rooted in mobile tradition.
With streaming boxes all costing about the same these days, the process of choosing one has become a little more difficult. Amazon added yet another option this week with the Fire TV. We’ve already given you a hands-on first look of the Fire TV and came away pretty impressed. If you’re currently debating between an Amazon Fire TV and an Apple TV, we’ve put together a comparison over on iMore to help you decide.
Samsung’s new lineup of sporty wearables – Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit – is up for pre-order through Amazon already, all of which show a launch date of April 11. If that date sounds familiar, that’s because the Galaxy S5 is launching globally on that day as well.
We’ve got links to all items below, but in case you were wondering, pricing looks like this: Gear 2 ($299), Gear 2 Neo ($199), and Gear Fit ($199).
For those new, the Gear 2 is the flagship of the three, sporting the most features, including a camera. It’s a lot like last year’s Galaxy Gear, but with a refined design and a switch from Android over to Samsung’s Tizen operating system. The Gear 2 Neo is the toned down version, lacking a camera. The Gear Fit, which I believe is the most exciting of the bunch, is Samsung’s fitness band that sports a curved AMOLED display.
All focus on fitness, include heart rate monitors, pedometers, and other activity relation functions. The Gear 2 features voice calling, while the other two are left to notificatino handling.
Amazon wants to keep you spending money, and as a commerce company, it has the benefit of having no reason to hide this fact. Its recently announced FireTV set-top box marks a play for the television, but that’s potentially small change compared to the money to be gained from locking in most of a person’s grocery shopping.
The AmazonFresh grocery service is still only offered in parts of California and Seattle, but yesterday the company added support into the Amazon Android tablet app, and now it’s rolling out a new product that goes even further to reduce the amount of time it takes to get an item into your virtual cart.
- Amazon Expands AmazonFresh Outside Seattle To Los Angeles, Updates Android App
- [New App] AmazonFresh Makes It Easy To Buy Groceries And Have Them Delivered… As Long As You Live In Seattle (For Now)
- Amazon UK Releases Android App
- Amazon Tablet App Updated With Prime Fresh Grocery Delivery, Pinned Search Items, And More Search Views
Amazon Introduces Dash Shopping Accessory, Adds Integration To AmazonFresh Android App was written by the awesome team at Android Police.