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Amazon adds more TV content to Prime Instant Video service

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Amazon is working to improve its Prime Instant Video service today by signing a content deal to bring more TV shows from major networks. The latest deal with A+E Networks will bring previous seasons of popular shows from A&E, Bio, History and Lifetime to the service. Amazon says it has more than doubled the number of show and movie offerings on its service last year, with over 33,000 available in total.

There's still no proper Amazon Prime Instant Video app in the Google Play Store for Android devices, but if you happen to be using a Kindle Fire — or another device such as a set top box — with the service you can go enjoy these newly added offerings.

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Top 3 Tablets Of 2012

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It’s been an interesting year for tablets. I wouldn’t say that we’ve seen as many great ones as we’ve seen smartphones, but there are still some magnificent tablets that were released. To name a few, Google’s Nexus 7, which was released earlier this year in July. Another great release was the Kindle Fire HD 8.9′ and The Galaxy Note 10.1′. Still, there were a lot of really bad tablet releases, like the Nexus 10. There are barely any apps that can support the Nexus 10′s resolution. If you have the Nexus 10′s screen brightness up all of the way, you’ll get a mere 5 – 7 hours of battery life depending on how you use it. The Nexus 10 was a great piece of hardware, but it obviously wasn’t ready for a full release, mainly because of the lack of compatible apps. Regardless, here’s my top three tablets:

Google Nexus 7:  Google’s ASUS-manufactured Nexus 7 is a simply amazing piece of hardware. It’s powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core CPU and is running on the latest version of Android, 4.2. Obviously the huge advantage of Nexus devices is the priority updates they receive, which is an outstanding feature to have when Google releases a massive firmware update. When the tablet first released it was sold in 8GB and 16GB versions for $199 and $249, respectively. Google recently refreshed their Nexus 7 line removing the 8 gig version from the line up. The 16 gig version was put in the 8 gig’s place. To replace the 16 gig’s place Google added a new 32 gig version of the Nexus 7. Overall it’s a great tablet device, has a OK amount of storage and runs extremely smooth. Not to mention that it’s a high-end tablet at a extremely cheap price point!

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1: The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is essentially the tablet version of a Note II (albeit the tablet released long before the Galaxy Note II). There are a whole lot of cool things you can do with this behemoth. This is one of my top tablets of 2012 simply because of the video below:

Kindle Fire HD: This device is simply amazing. The device is packed with hardware. It has a dual-band dual-antenna that increases download speeds by 40%, which is allegedly much better than the iPad 3′s download speeds. The device also features exclusive Dolby audio creating a clear and crisp audio experience. While the hardware is nice and all, the wow factor of this device lays on the software side of things. Amazon has essentially built this tablet for families. That said, you can set different options for your children when they are playing with the tablet (e.g. set time limits, certain permissions and etc). Now, the best part of this tablet — I would say — has to deal with having an Amazon Prime subscription. You can truly take advantage of the tablet’s HD screen with high quality movies. Not only that, but the HD screen makes it extremely easy to read books and even textbooks. Not to mention that it’s a whole lot less lighter than carrying a stack of textbooks around with you!

What are your top tablets of 2012? Make sure to let us know in the comments section below!

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Tablets slightly edges out smartphone activation’s during this past Christmas

With tablets and smartphones now becoming regular household items in this day in age, it wasn’t surprising that millions were purchased this past holiday season for Christmas gifts. This year however, tablets slightly edged out smartphones as the top seller out of the two with about 51% as opposed to 49% for smartphones when it came to activation’s on the day of Christmas.

Tablets have really becomes popular this past year with Apple’s iPad sales. Android has also gotten a huge boost of popularity in the tablet department with the releases of the Google Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire series.

What did you guys get this past Christmas, a phone or tablet? We’d love to know!

source: Flurry

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Tablets slightly edges out smartphone activation’s during this past Christmas

With tablets and smartphones now becoming regular household items in this day in age, it wasn’t surprising that millions were purchased this past holiday season for Christmas gifts. This year however, tablets slightly edged out smartphones as the top seller out of the two with about 51% as opposed to 49% for smartphones when it came to activation’s on the day of Christmas.

Tablets have really becomes popular this past year with Apple’s iPad sales. Android has also gotten a huge boost of popularity in the tablet department with the releases of the Google Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire series.

What did you guys get this past Christmas, a phone or tablet? We’d love to know!

source: Flurry

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Acer expected to debut $99 Iconia B1 Android tablet next year

As expected, Acer is planning on releasing a $99 Android tablet come 2013 in hopes to directly compete with Android’s other low-budget tablets such as the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7. According to the Wall Street Journal, Acer has already submitted the 1.2Ghz dual-core tablet for approval with the FCC. Interestingly enough, the tablet mat not even see a North American launch.

The device will look very similar to its A110 brethren and will include 512MB RAM, 8GB internal storage plus a microSD card slot, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and a 1024×600 pixel screen. The B1 is expected to launch with stock Android 4.1.2.

Any of you guys willing to give this low budget tablet a shot?

source: WSJ

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Acer expected to debut $99 Iconia B1 Android tablet next year

As expected, Acer is planning on releasing a $99 Android tablet come 2013 in hopes to directly compete with Android’s other low-budget tablets such as the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7. According to the Wall Street Journal, Acer has already submitted the 1.2Ghz dual-core tablet for approval with the FCC. Interestingly enough, the tablet mat not even see a North American launch.

The device will look very similar to its A110 brethren and will include 512MB RAM, 8GB internal storage plus a microSD card slot, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and a 1024×600 pixel screen. The B1 is expected to launch with stock Android 4.1.2.

Any of you guys willing to give this low budget tablet a shot?

source: WSJ

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Acer expected to debut $99 Iconia B1 Android tablet next year

As expected, Acer is planning on releasing a $99 Android tablet come 2013 in hopes to directly compete with Android’s other low-budget tablets such as the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7. According to the Wall Street Journal, Acer has already submitted the 1.2Ghz dual-core tablet for approval with the FCC. Interestingly enough, the tablet mat not even see a North American launch.

The device will look very similar to its A110 brethren and will include 512MB RAM, 8GB internal storage plus a microSD card slot, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and a 1024×600 pixel screen. The B1 is expected to launch with stock Android 4.1.2.

Any of you guys willing to give this low budget tablet a shot?

source: WSJ

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Acer expected to debut $99 Iconia B1 Android tablet next year

As expected, Acer is planning on releasing a $99 Android tablet come 2013 in hopes to directly compete with Android’s other low-budget tablets such as the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7. According to the Wall Street Journal, Acer has already submitted the 1.2Ghz dual-core tablet for approval with the FCC. Interestingly enough, the tablet mat not even see a North American launch.

The device will look very similar to its A110 brethren and will include 512MB RAM, 8GB internal storage plus a microSD card slot, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and a 1024×600 pixel screen. The B1 is expected to launch with stock Android 4.1.2.

Any of you guys willing to give this low budget tablet a shot?

source: WSJ

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Acer aiming to offer $99 Android tablets in 2013

The tablet race has slowly been heating up. Between the Kindle Fire and Google’s Nexus 7 the budget market is a tight one, and it appears like things will only be getting cheaper. We’ve been hearing reports of a few different $99 Android tablets hitting the scene soon, and now the Wall Street Journal has confirmed a few budget Acer Iconia Tabs are coming next year.

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Last week some details surfaced about a new Acer B1 tablet looking to take on Google’s Nexus 7, and Barnes & Nobles design and price. Between those impressive pictures and decent specs you’d have a pretty nice tablet. If Acer can truly hit that $99 price point, and offer a good product, they might have a real winner.

The problem here however, is the Wall Street Journal claims Acer’s new budget tablets will mainly be focused in those other budget tablet Chinese markets, and not for the US. Oddly enough that Acer B1 recently was spotted at the FCC, so that is where we have some confusion. Acer might be offering some budget devices stateside, but their main attention will be in China.

Would a $99 tablet with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a decent little dual-core processor be something you’re interested in? Details confirm a 1024 x 600 resolution like the original Kindle Fire, so they’d certainly be hitting a competitive price point. The report from the WSJ even mentions ASUS has no plans to offer cheap tablets in the US, but we’ve seen multiple leaks suggesting a $99 device is coming soon. Could that also be going overseas too? That would be a bummer. We’ll report back when we hear more details from either party.

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Amazon Instant Video finally lands for ….. Google TV

AMazon Instant Video mainWell it certainly took long enough. Many people with Google TV devices have been complaining about not having this service available to their devices. Rightly so too, anyone that uses it regularly loves it to death. It doesn’t surprise us that much that Amazon isn’t pushing their services to every platform and device though. More so focusing on their own tablets and such. Seriously though, their services need to be out for all of Android to help them generate more money and keep the offset of the Kindle Fire prices going.

So Amazon has finally released Instant Video for Google TV. But, get this, apparently not all Google TV devices. The Logitech Revue is listed on their site as a supported device, but for one reason or another you can’t actually download and install it. Only slightly irritating. We are sure it can be side loaded and work just fine, but we haven’t checked into that as of yet.

AMazon Instant VideoWe aren’t sure why Amazon is holding this service back on more Android devices like tablets and phones. They have their app store on Android, Amazon MP3 and Kindle for books. Heck, Amazon Instant Video is even available for iOS users. Hopefully Amazon gets things together soon for all of you that have been waiting for this to make a debut. We will check back periodically to see if they make an update soon to give the Logitech Revue the access to the service like their site says it should.

Anyone out there with a Google TV device going to grab it and try it out? Let us know how it works out.

Application: Amazon Instant Video
Developer: Amazon Mobile LLC
Cost: FREE

 

Via AndroidPolice

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[New App] Amazon Finally Releases Instant Video App… For Google TV

unnamed (2)Remember Google TV? You know, the Google-developed set top box running an Android variant that never managed to catch on? Well, if you’re one of the small but dedicated users of the most neglected streaming device around, there’s reason to celebrate: Amazon’s Instant Video app, previously “exclusive” to the Kindle Fire, iPad, Roku, TiVo, Blu-ray players, various connected TVs, and just about everything except standard Android devices, is available on Google Play from your Google TV. Except for the Logitech Revue. Because apparently, Amazon hates you.

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On its own merits, the Amazon Instant Video app looks pretty good: quick browsing through Amazon’s library, HD playback, support for free Amazon Prime video, the works.

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Flipboard lands on Android tablets, now supports Nexus 10

Flipboard lands on Android tablets, now supports Nexus 10

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Flipboard here at Engadget, but there’s one thing we’ve been longing for: a tablet-optimized Android version. Until now, running the app on the Nexus 10 (by sideloading the APK) or even the Nexus 7 (officially supported) meant living with a scaled-up phone experience. Today, Flipboard is getting updated in the Play Store to supports a variety of Android tablets such as Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1, the Galaxy Tab series and the Nexus 10. A setting lets you chose between phone and tablet modes, which is useful for mid-size devices like Amazon’s Kindle Fire, the Nook and the Nexus 7. Flipboard worked closely with Samsung to optimize the app and take advantage of larger, higher resolution displays. This means more of your favorite tiles, larger story snippets and landscape support (at last). We spent a few hours using Flipboard’s new app for Android and came away suitably impressed — anyone familiar with the iPad version will feel right at home. PR after the break.

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Carphone Warehouse tablet sale includes discounts on the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

If you happen to be in the market for an Android tablet and living in the UK, you may want to check the recently updated sale page from Carphone Warehouse. Simply put, the retailer currently has discounts on several Android tablets including the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and the Galaxy Tab 2 7.

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The complete list of the discounted tablets also includes the Amazon Kindle Fire and the Asus Transformer Pad TF300. The discounts vary for each, and all models are limited to two per customer. Beginning first with the deals on the Galaxy Tab tablets, the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is currently selling for £195 and the Galaxy Tab 2 7 is currently selling for £157. And just for comparison, those are down from the regular prices of £237 (10.1) and £199 (7).

The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is the Wi-Fi only model with 16GB of internal storage and the Galaxy Tab 2 7 is also for a Wi-Fi only device. The Tab 2 7 is sporting 8GB of internal storage. Both of the Samsung tablets are running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Moving over to the Kindle Fire and we have a tablet with a savings of £31. This brings the price down to just £98. Also worth noting, a note on the Carphone Warehouse site mentions that the Kindle Fire deal is only available over the phone and in retail stores. Last but not least, the Asus Transformer Pad TF300. This tablet brings a savings of £51, which means you will be paying £348.

[via Carphone Warehouse]

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Samsung wishing you a happy holidays with the Galaxy Note 2 and this fun video

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I’ve always been a sucker for a good ad spot and it seems that lately, Samsung has been on fire releasing clever (and sometimes provocative) commercials for the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 handsets. Today, Samsung uploaded another fun commercial showing off what happens when you combine the art of Kirigami and the ridiculously large display of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. The results are magical. Take a look.

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BBC talks future of iPlayer app – higher quality streams, Android 4.2 support and new features coming

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The BBC has posted an extensive update on its future plans for the BBC iPlayer Android app. In the coming months, the corporation says it's main aims are to reach feature parity with the iOS app, and introduce new, high-quality streams and better support for large-screen devices.

In a blog post, BBC iPlayer boss Dave Price says the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 are now in the top five devices used to access iPlayer content. And in order to give 7-inch users the best experience, Price says a "significant engineering team" will be put behind improving iPlayer playback on Android devices.

Firstly, the BBC will improve video quality for higher-end devices on fast networks. This will start with new, higher-quality streams for Wifi users before Christmas, followed at a later date by additional high-quality streams for playback over 4G mobile networks.

In order to close the gap in functionality between iPlayer on Android and iOS, features like mobile downloads and iPlayer Radio (including background playback) will be brought to Android in the near future. A future version will introduce a new UI, upon which this new functionality will be built in the months ahead.

What's more, Price says a pre-Christmas iPlayer update will enable Android 4.2 support. (Current support tops out at version 4.1.2, though it is possible to install the app on a 4.1 device, then upgrade to 4.2 and use it without issue.) The same update will bring a "richer tablet experience" on devices like the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire, while future updates will prioritize optimizations for "the most popular devices."

The current iPlayer app has offered a decent but basic experience on Android, so we're pleased to see the Beeb taking a greater interest in optimizing for up-and-coming devices. And of course video quality improvements are always welcome. We'll look forward to trying out the new iPlayer update in the next couple of weeks. If you're after more technical details, the full blog post over at the source link is definitely worth a read.

Source: BBC Blog

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Amazon has all Kindle Fire Tablets on sale for Amazon Moms only

Amazon had an awesome sale recently where you could grab a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 for $50 off the original price. Sadly, that deal is in the past, so if you missed it you’re out of luck. However, if you a member of Amazon Prime and Amazon Moms, you can grab any of the Kindle Fire tablets with a discount of up to $50.



The savings vary depending on which Kindle Fire tablet you choose. Moms can get $20 off a Kindle Fire (now $139), $25 off a 7-inch Kindle Fire HD (now $174), and $50 off an 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD (now $249). The deal on the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD is the same as the one from Monday, but now Amazon is offering some savings on the other models as well.

For whatever reason, it looks like Amazon is trying to move some serious inventory in terms of the Kindle Fire. It seems that the inventory they moved from Monday’s sale was not sufficient, so this sale seems like a further effort to move some stock. Even though the deal today is only targeted at mothers, it should still help Amazon move some stock, all while helping buyers get a good deal on the tablets.

The 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD is Amazon’s latest tablet. It comes with an 8.9-inch IPS LCD display and a Texas Instruments OMAP4470 dual-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz. It also comes with 1GB of RAM and either 16GB or 32GB of storage.

[via Slashgear]

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Amazon Mom Prime members can get up to $50 off a Kindle Fire device [DEALS]

Moms who want to get some holiday reading done or nice gift for children will be happy to know that Amazon has cooked up some nice deals for you. You can get up to $50 off a Kindle Fire device for being a member of Amazon’s Mom program with Prime access.

You can get the base Kindle Fire model for $20 off to make it $139, the Kindle Fire HD for $25 making it $174, or you can get the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 for $50 making it $249. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 4G is also included in this deal but Amazon didn’t specify whether or not this would have the same $50 discount as the WiFi model.

Those wanting to take advantage of the deal need only enter FIREMOMS with any of these tablets in your shopping cart inside the promotional code field at checkout. Note that the deal can only be had once per account, and that you only have until the end of the day on December 18th to take advantage. You’ll also get a one-month trial of Kindle FreeTime, Amazon’s parental control service for its Kindle devices which will allow you to control your kids’ usage habits.

The Kindle Fire tablets feature dual-core processors with 1GB of RAM and a host of storage options depending on which device you’re after. The base Kindle Fire only nets you 8GB, but the Kindle Fire HD can be had for anywhere between 16GB and 32GB. The 8.9 inch models come with 32GB or 64GB of internal storage.

You’ll definitely want to rely on Amazon’s Cloud Storage for the lesser options so you can store your music on the go. And video content is streamed through Amazon’s Instant Video collection so you can watch your favorite movies and TV shows without having to give up storage space. Head to Amazon if you want to take advantage.

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Grab an Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 for $50 off today only

Sure, the latest Kindle Fire model just hit the market, but that doesn’t mean Amazon is not going to drop the price on it, even if it’s just for one day. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 normally starts at $299, but for today only, Amazon is taking $50 off the price. That means the 16GB is $249 today and the 32GB is available for $319.



The deal is only good for today, but Amazon also points out that quantities are limited, so it’s quite possible it could run out before that. If you’re interested, you probably should not wait, as you might miss out on the deal all together. To get the deal, you will need to enter the discount code FIREHD89. Once entered, you will save the $50 off the tablet.

Amazon took to Twitter to announce the deal. Amazon was quick to remind everyone that it could run out quick. Amazon probably has tons of the tablets in stock, but that does not mean that they will not run out quickly once the price is dropped a bit.

In case you did not know, Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is Amazon’s top-end tablet. It comes with an 8.9-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1920×1200. As far as the powerhouse goes, it has a OMAP4470 dual-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz from Texas Instruments and 1GB of RAM. It also has a front-facing 1.3MP camera for video chatting.

[via Slashgear]

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[Deal Alert] Get $50 Off Kindle Fire HD 8.9" Wi-Fi Or LTE With Amazon’s Gold Box Deal Of The Day Coupon

imageAmazon’s Gold Box deals are some of my favorite discounts to check out every morning. In fact, outside of the Gold Box, the only other deal destinations I regularly visit are Amazon-owned MyHabit and TouchOfModern, a site full of inspiration and ultramodernism.

But back to the deal. If you’ve been eying Amazon’s latest Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ tablet (remember all those holidays that are coming at us fast?), today’s Gold Box deal of the day should most definitely make it easier to pull the trigger.

The company is discounting all Fire HD 8.9″ variants by a cool $50 – all you have to do is use coupon FIREHD89 at checkout:

Note: Add $15 if you’re getting the version without special offers.

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[Deal Alert] Get $50 Off Kindle Fire HD 8.9" Wi-Fi Or LTE With Amazon’s Gold Box Deal Of The Day Coupon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Amazon Appstore downloads up 500% from last year

 

It’s no surprise to anyone that Amazon’s Kindle Fire has had some pretty good success in the tablet market. To add to that success, Amazon announced Thursday that downloads in their own Appstore have increased by over 500% over the past year alone. That’s a big jump. With the recent release of more tablets in the Kindle Fire family, there’s no doubt that Amazon is trying as hard as they can to get their own unique services and stores in the hands of consumers, and judging by that 500% increase, they’re doing a pretty good job. If Amazon decides to throw a Kindle Fire phone into the mix, I’m sure that number will increase dramatically, too.

Amazon does also attribute some of that growth to their helpful development tools, citing things like A/B testing for helping developers get their applications ported over and set up on the Amazon Appstore. A/B testing is just one of many development features Amazon boasts in their ecosystem, and it’s obvious that it’s having positive effects for them.

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Amazon Appstore downloads up 500% from last year

 

It’s no surprise to anyone that Amazon’s Kindle Fire has had some pretty good success in the tablet market. To add to that success, Amazon announced Thursday that downloads in their own Appstore have increased by over 500% over the past year alone. That’s a big jump. With the recent release of more tablets in the Kindle Fire family, there’s no doubt that Amazon is trying as hard as they can to get their own unique services and stores in the hands of consumers, and judging by that 500% increase, they’re doing a pretty good job. If Amazon decides to throw a Kindle Fire phone into the mix, I’m sure that number will increase dramatically, too.

Amazon does also attribute some of that growth to their helpful development tools, citing things like A/B testing for helping developers get their applications ported over and set up on the Amazon Appstore. A/B testing is just one of many development features Amazon boasts in their ecosystem, and it’s obvious that it’s having positive effects for them.

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Amazon Appstore downloads up 500% from last year

 

It’s no surprise to anyone that Amazon’s Kindle Fire has had some pretty good success in the tablet market. To add to that success, Amazon announced Thursday that downloads in their own Appstore have increased by over 500% over the past year alone. That’s a big jump. With the recent release of more tablets in the Kindle Fire family, there’s no doubt that Amazon is trying as hard as they can to get their own unique services and stores in the hands of consumers, and judging by that 500% increase, they’re doing a pretty good job. If Amazon decides to throw a Kindle Fire phone into the mix, I’m sure that number will increase dramatically, too.

Amazon does also attribute some of that growth to their helpful development tools, citing things like A/B testing for helping developers get their applications ported over and set up on the Amazon Appstore. A/B testing is just one of many development features Amazon boasts in their ecosystem, and it’s obvious that it’s having positive effects for them.

source: Amazon

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Android Community Nightly: December 7th, 2012

All you Android fans should be happy to know it was another fun-filled Friday complete will all sorts of gaming and update goodness. First off we’ll dive right into Motorola’s extensive list of upcoming updates, and the many that won’t see updates. It appears the Motorola Atrix HD will be next up to receive some Jelly Bean. Then we had tons of exciting Samsung and gaming news so lets dig in below after the cut.

Amazon had an interesting announcement that they’ll be adding voice guide features to their Kindle Fire tablets, then they stated that their AppStore has been booming since releasing their new Fire HD tablets. HTC’s 5-inch 1080p phone got confirmed for the international markets simply as the HTC Butterfly, they’ve dropped the J from the name thankfully. While we’re mentioning HTC, they announced their One VX budget phone for AT&T is available today.

Samsung had another exciting day with a video showing off Jelly Bean and the premium suite update for the Galaxy S III, then hours later Verizon’s GSIII saw a leak of Jelly Bean. Then the final two bits of Samsung news is their Galaxy Camera is indeed headed to Verizon with 4G LTE, and the S Pebble media player is now called the Galaxy Muse player and is available now in the US.

In a few random bits of news all four major US carriers will begin rolling out text-to-911 emergency services in early 2014, and BitTorrent apps for Android have surpassed 10 million downloads combined. In what was probably some of the most exciting news of the day Gameloft’s entire 2013 Android game lineup leaked to the web, and it sounds amazing. We’ve since removed the list but lets just saw all their biggest titles will get sequels, and they have a few new shooters that look amazing. To wrap up this Friday afternoon Asphalt 7: Heat got a big update, SoundHound was updated and is better than ever, T-Mobile’s testing a new pre-paid service, and check out the neat new Action Launcher in the Google Play Store. Last but not least the LG Optimus 2X was updated to, wait for it… Ice Cream Sandwich and not even Jelly Bean. Enjoy the weekend folks and hopefully next weekend we can enjoy Grand Theft Auto: Vice City for Android if Rockstar fixes their issues.

See ya next time!

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Amazon Appstore downloads up 500% from last year

 

It’s no surprise to anyone that Amazon’s Kindle Fire has had some pretty good success in the tablet market. To add to that success, Amazon announced Thursday that downloads in their own Appstore have increased by over 500% over the past year alone. That’s a big jump. With the recent release of more tablets in the Kindle Fire family, there’s no doubt that Amazon is trying as hard as they can to get their own unique services and stores in the hands of consumers, and judging by that 500% increase, they’re doing a pretty good job. If Amazon decides to throw a Kindle Fire phone into the mix, I’m sure that number will increase dramatically, too.

Amazon does also attribute some of that growth to their helpful development tools, citing things like A/B testing for helping developers get their applications ported over and set up on the Amazon Appstore. A/B testing is just one of many development features Amazon boasts in their ecosystem, and it’s obvious that it’s having positive effects for them.

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Amazon Appstore booming with help of Kindle Fire

Amazon’s Appstore is posting massive growth this year. A large reason for this large success is due to the popularity of the its Kindle Fire line of tablets, which do not have access to Google Play, so the Amazon Appstore is their only option. Amazon also has great developer features that are helping to spur the large growth.



Reports indicate that downloads in the Amazon Appstore are up 500% for this past year. Amazon made the news official when it announced that, “downloads in the Appstore have grown more than 500 percent over the previous year.” The Amazon Appstore first launched in March 2011, but it really took off in September of the same year when Amazon launched the original Kindle Fire.

The Kindle Fire line has grown to multiple devices since the original. However, it’s not all tablets, because there are a few phones that come with the Amazon Appstore preinstalled, which could also be helping the growth of the Appstore. Amazon also offers free premium downloads from time to time in an effort to pull in users on other Android devices.

As I said previously, Kindle Fire devices do not support Google Play, which certainly helps stack the deck in Amazon’s favor. Not that there’s anything wrong with that; if a company has a popular product there is nothing wrong with using it to leverage something else in the line. With the popularity of the Kindle Fires continuing to grow, Amazon is likely see its Appstore continue to blow up as well.

[via SlashGear]

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Amazon App Store Downloads Increase 500 Percent In One Year

Amazon’s App Store is becoming more popular and is in high demand these days. Amazon is striving hard to become a strong competitor in the Android tablet game, and a big part of that is the success and achievement of its own Appstore. The company made an announcement in a press release about a new developer product, that the downloads from its mobile app store have increased by a massive 500 percent in the last year. This shockingly huge number has put it into discussion. However, Amazon didn’t quantify an exact figure on the number of applications downloaded, as the company is intentionally vague about sales and usage numbers.

But as it appears; use of the Appstore really took off after Amazon started selling Kindle Fire tablets. Not surprising at all the company now not only sells the Kindle Fire, but also the Kindle Fire HD and the Kindle Fire HD 8.9. Plus, millions of Android phones can also access the store. One of the main reasons that the Amazon Appstore has experienced tremendous growth over the last twelve months is the rise in Amazon’s tablet sales are thought to be.
Although Kindle Fires are Android-based devices, they cannot download apps via Google Play. Their restriction and confinement to the Amazon Appstore is likely to have helped drive numbers up. But Amazon should be able to maintain its Appstore download growth and expansion thanks to strong sales of its tablets.
Amazon also mentioned in the press release that the number of GameCircle enabled games has more than doubled since the service was introduced, and the number of software developers incorporating in-app purchasing options more than double during the third quarter of 2012. In context to the news, 23 of the top 25 grossing applications available in the Appstore take the benefit of in-app purchasing.
The company will certainly continue to push its version of Android for the foreseeable future. Further they alleged that the company is working hard to make lives easier for developers, and to give them more ways to grow their business. There has been mixed feelings among the folks. One of the issues is that apps from there are not updated nearly as fast as Play. If you could install an app from Amazon, and be able to update it via Google Play, that the same app on Google, it would be definitely great.

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Daily news roundup: December 6, 2012

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We bring you all the news that's fit to print is how we roll here at AC. Never mind that we don't actually print anything, we still bring as much news as can be fit into one day. Today was no exception, and here is what you might have missed out on.

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