Amazon will be banning sales of Chromecast, the Nexus Player, and Apple TV through their retail channel and partners. Their official statement, which is best described as self-justifying drivel (putting it kindly), says in part, “Over the last three years, Prime Video has become an important part of Prime. It’s important that the streaming media players… Continue reading Did Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Just Pull a ‘Bet the Company’ Move?
Amazon today launched their highly anticipated Amazon Coins for Kindle Fire users, marking the occasion by giving both existing and new users 500 free coins (worth $5). The coins are good for purchasing apps, and for in-app purchases, but not for content. All of which leaves me scratching my head and wondering: what the heck is Amazon… Continue reading Amazon Kindle Coins: For the Love of God, Why?
Answer: Yes, No, Maybe, and It Depends Another month, and another comScore “survey” comes along that seems to cry doom for Google, at least in the tablet market. This time, it’s a survey that suggests that Amazon’s Kindle Fire accounts for over half of the Android tablet market (http://goo.gl/RUoFK) in the U.S. Globally, Google’s Android,… Continue reading Is the Kindle Fire More Popular Than All Other Android Tablets?
Amazon’s Kindle Fire is a smashing success. We can’t be sure how many units have sold, but somewhere between three and five million units for all Kindles seems a good guess. If they had moved move than five million they would probably be saying so. Amazon, like Apple, doesn’t give out device activation figures or report… Continue reading Would Someone Besides Amazon Build a Kindle?
Okay, this is only based on a handful of accounts I’ve noticed on Google+. But in the fast paced world of the the blogosphere word travels quickly, so, here it is: a number of users I’ve spoken to in recent weeks have said that their Google services do not work on the Amazon Kindle Fire’s… Continue reading Does Amazon Silk’s Acceleration Block Google Services?
I could be wrong, and history would judge me harshly for it, but I’m going to say it: Jeff Bezos is no Steve Jobs and never will be. The success of the Kindle Fire is leading to speculation that Amazon is the new gang buster in tablet town, a viable opponent to Apple, Google, and… Continue reading Amazon is No Apple
Rumors continue to surround an Amazon Smartphone, allegedly to be called the Kindle “Blaze”. It’s not just a rumor, really, it only makes sense they would do this, after all they’ve done well in e-readers and now in 7-inch tablets with the Kindle Fire. Why not a smartphone? Some pundits automatically assume it will be… Continue reading A Kindle Phone Won’t Set the Market on “Fire”
I’m frequently amazed by the decline of tech journalism. Amazon’s Kindle Fire may be the finest, or most infamous, example. Lauded by the media, site unseen, as an “iPad killer”, it was sold by media-driven hysteria to millions of users, told it was the finest tablet since the iPad. Now that the Fire is here we… Continue reading The Kindle Fire Hurts Apple, Microsoft and Helps Google