Amazon Announces New Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, a New Flagship Tablet for $379

Along with the new Kindle Fire HD, Amazon also announced the new Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 tonight, which is clearly the flagship amongst the group.

As a flagship tablet, the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 sports an 8.9-inch (2560×1600, 339ppi) display with “30% more pixels than the iPad Air,” 2.5GHz Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, Adreno 420 GPU, 8MP rear camera, HD front camera, Dolby Atmos audio (a first for tablets), 802.11ac MIMO WiFi (4G LTE optional), and runs Amazon’s Fire OS “Sangria,” the newest fork of Android, which has all sorts of new software add-ons. Amazon claims that this new HDX 8.9 is 20% lighter than the iPad Air. (more…)

Amazon Announces New Kindle Fire HD 6 and 7, “Most Powerful Tablet Under $100″

Amazon unveiled a whole new suite of Kindle Fire tablets this evening, starting with the all new Kindle Fire HD 6 and 7, which have a starting price of $99. The devices come in a variety of “fun” colors and run Amazons Fire OS 4 “Sangria,” which as you know, is a fork of Android.

The devices sport “powerful” specs for their price, with their numerical names hinting at screen sizes. You are looking at 6-inch (1280×800, 252ppi) and 7-inch (1280×800, 216ppi) tablets with 1.5GHz quad-core processors, front and rear cameras, “pocketable” designs, Gorilla Glass, Dolby surround sound audio, and a whole bunch of custom Amazon software features.  (more…)

Deal: Fundamentals of Android Programming for $19, It’s Time to Build Your Own Apps

Interested in creating your own apps? Don’t you want to be the person responsible for the next Flappy Bird or Goat Simulator? Thanks to a deal currently running in the Droid Life Deals section, you could be well on your way. For just $19 (regularly $99), you could learn and master the fundamentals of Android programming.

The program helps you learn to use all of the tools needed to make your own apps. It features 9.5 hours of content and over 105 lectures, including a video course. Topics include app components and APIs, creating a user interface, adding animations, and more.

  • Over 105 lectures and 9.5 hours of content
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  • No Programming Knowledge Required
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Starbucks Updates Official App With Digital Tipping and Shake to Pay Feature

A new update is rolling out to users of the official Starbucks application on Android. In the update, which is now available through Google Play, users can digitally tip baristas, thanks to an added prompt that will appear 2 hours after your Starbucks visit. If you always felt bad about not being able to tip with your Starbucks card, now you won’t need to feel guilty anymore.  (more…)

Beach Buggy Racing Hits Google Play, Optimized for Tegra-powered Devices

A new game from the makers of Beach Buggy Blitz hit Google Play today, a sequel of sorts, titled Beach Buggy Racing. The first game was geared more towards single player action, where players would race through sand dunes and volcanoes, hoping to collect enough coins and power-ups to upgrade characters and vehicles. In this new title, racing against other real-person opponents is the name of the game, bringing a completely new level of difficulty to the franchise. In essence, think of it like Mario Kart, where users can use power-ups against each other, ultimately trying to win the race to earn enough coins to continuously upgrade their car.

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OnePlus Cancels StyleSwap Covers for the One

OnePlus One owners, I hope you weren’t still waiting for StyleSwap covers to arrive, like the Bamboo cover pictured above that OnePlus unveiled back in July. The company announced this afternoon through its forums that they are officially calling off the StyleSwap project. Due to “technical difficulties” in mass producing the Bamboo cover, along with a terribly designed back cover removal process that puts your phone at risk of damage, StyleSwap covers are no more.  (more…)