What a shocker, the Amazon Appstore is now three years old. When first launched, the Android community embraced it with complete open arms, maybe because they were giving away free awesome apps every day
But over the years, our stance with the Appstore has changed somewhat dramatically.
After the Appstore was updated with a new UI (August ’12), a bug inside the app was draining batteries like crazy (November ’12). Following that mess, Amazon fixed the issue, but there were plenty of people who had already decided to abandon the app. (more…)
This morning, a new report is out concerning Amazon, as the online retailer might have plans for its very own living room set-top box for gamers. A couple of pictures for the reported console’s wireless controller have been leaked, showing a pretty square-ish design, as well as buttons that look very similar to those found on Android. (more…)
If you are a member of Amazon’s Prime service, then you likely received the email we have included below. It’s about your yearly membership fee, and yes, it’s rising. Normally $79 per year, Amazon Prime will cost $99 per year on your next renewal.
There were rumors suggesting that the price could go up by as much as $40 to over $100, but Amazon has kept it just below instead. For those not familiar, Amazon Prime gives you access to free Two-Day Shipping, Prime Instant Video, and the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library. (more…)
Android folks who love a good deal, yes that’s all of us, can head on over to the Amazon Appstore this morning to pick up a few free apps. Surprisingly, all of the apps aren’t completely worthless, and there are a few great titles, such as Wheel of Fortune, Ski Safari, and Gravity Guy. They may not be super popular these days, but if you missed these apps while they were in their prime, you can definitely enjoy them now for free instead of a combined $19. (more…)
According to sources who spoke with Recode, Amazon is in talks with record labels to potentially launch its own streaming music service, because well, the world doesn’t have enough of them. While the talks are reportedly “serious,” they may or may not be close to landing deals, so don’t hold your breath on this one just yet.
Should Amazon reach agreements and launch a streaming service, there is a good chance it will be coupled in with their Prime membership program that currently offers free 2-day shipping on items, along with a subscription to Amazon’s Prime video streaming service. And that’s about all we know. (more…)
Earlier this week at MWC, SanDisk unveiled their newest UHS-I Ultra microSD card for mobile devices with 128GB of storage. Yes, they doubled the 64GB cards most of your Samsung’s devices can support, but still brought the same Class 10 speeds. We are looking at 30MB/s, water/magnet/shock/temperature proof, and in a package that comes with a regular sized SD adapter.
The new cards originally retailed for $199, but thanks to Amazon, that price was short-lived. These brand new 128GB microSD cards from SanDisk can be had for $119.99. No coupon needed – just a straight up discount.
SanDisk claims that you can store up to 16 hours of Full HD video, 7,500 songs, 3,200 photos and more than 125 apps. That’s a lot of goodies stored on your phone or tablet, assuming your phone or tablet has an SD card slot or supports USB OTG. We are also waiting for word back from SanDisk on an officially supported list, but if your device supports SDXC, you could be OK.
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You’ve heard of Bitcoins and Dogecoins, but have you ever heard of Amazon Coins? It’s hard to blame anyone for forgetting about their release last year, especially considering the digital currency’s use was initially restricted to Kindle Fire devices. Starting today, the shopping giant is expanding Coins to Android devices in the US, UK, and Germany through the Amazon Appstore. (more…)
Ever since Google introduced Chromecast app compatibility to all sorts of new developers starting in December, I have found it to be one of my favorite tech products all over again. But now that it is truly open to everyone, with the SDK released to the wild, I think the sky is the limit in terms of new apps, new functionality, and new ways to experience this amazing HDMI dongle.
So in case you haven’t yet purchased a Chromecast, we thought Amazon’s new price might grab your attention. For $30 and free standard shipping, you can have Google’s dongle (lulz).