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Amazon smartphone rumored to use tilting gestures for navigation

Report claims tilting Amazon smartphone will load menus, icon labels

Amazon's rumored smartphone will take advantage of its 3D interface by allowing users to tilt for more information, according to a report. Tilting the device is said to trigger various functions within apps, rather than navigating menus by swiping or tapping the screen, with the touch-free gesture controls...


Photos of rumored Amazon smartphone prototype with six cameras leak

Five front-facing cameras shown in leaked photographs of Amazon smartphone

Photographs of what is believed to be Amazon's first smartphone have surfaced. Encased in what appears to be a protective casing to prevent the external appearance from being leaked, the images of an alleged prototype device seem to suggest that the smartphone will have a 3D interface powered by multiple...


Amazon smartphone launch anticipated for end of June, claims report

Wall Street Journal sources believe Amazon phone will ship by end of September

Amazon is preparing to release its long-rumored smartphone in the second half of this year, claims sources of the Wall Street Journal. The retailer has allegedly demonstrated the device to developers in Seattle and San Francisco, with an official announcement planned for the end of June, and for the...


ComiXology e-comics distributor acquired by Amazon, terms unknown

Deal gives Amazon exclusive control of DC online distribution

Amazon today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire digital comics vendor ComiXology for an undisclosed sum. ComiXology developed and distributes the engine used by most major comic book publishers in the United States, including Marvel and DC Comics for their privately-branded digital...


Hands On: Amazon Fire TV media streamer

Amazon finally releases streamer for video, audio, gaming

An Amazon-branded set-top box like a Roku or Apple TV has really been inevitable for some time. Yesterday, Amazon formally introduced the Amazon Fire TV box, an HDMI peripheral for a so-equipped television. The media streaming market is very crowded. Solutions like Roku and Apple TV dominate the landscape,...


Amazon renews Alpha House, lists new original shows for Instant Video

Recent Amazon Studios pilots graduate to full series, recording in 4K

Amazon is adding to its collection of exclusive content, by revealing which shows from its most recent Amazon Studios pilots roster will be made into full seasons. At the same time as announcing the six shows that will be heading to Prime Instant Video, the retailer also confirmed existing original show...


Amazon sends invitations to video event, possible set-top box launch

New York media event may be Amazon streaming media device unveiling

Amazon could be preparing to reveal its rumored set-top box next week, after the retailer sent invitations to the media for a special event. The gathering, set to take place in New York on April 2, is said by the company to introduce "an update on our video business" with Peter Larsen, Vice President...


Analyst claims Amazon will launch smartphone within six months

Amazon smartphone will use six cameras for gesture control

Amazon is still working on a smartphone, and will launch it within the next three to six months, claims an analyst. Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities believes the online retailer will include six cameras, reiterating previous rumors, with the main and front cameras for standard photography and video purposes...


Amazon streaming device rumored to be dongle offering game streaming

Chromecast-like dongle from Amazon could offer high-end gaming

Amazon's rumored media streaming device may have more in common with the Google Chromecast than previously thought, according to a report. The retailer is said to be making the media player in the form of a dongle that can plug directly into a television's HDMI port, with one rumor claiming that it would...


Amazon increasing US Prime subscription cost to $99 in April

Price rise of Amazon Prime in United States follows changes in UK, Germany

Amazon is raising the price of its Prime subscription in the United States in April. The existing $79 annual rate, which provides access to free two-day shipping, Prime Instant Video, and the Kindle Owner's Lending Library, will increase on April 17th to $99 per year, and comes after similar recent price...


Rumors shed more light on Amazon set-top box, Prime music service

Fixed $30M licensing pot a sticking point for music executives in Amazon negotiations

More rumors for fabled Amazon services have surfaced, with three different outlets claiming to provide more information about the Prime music service and its long-rumored streaming device. The latest claim for the music service, thought to be offered as part of the Prime delivery subscription, sees the...


Amazon Coins virtual currency now usable on all Android devices

Virtual currency appear in Amazon Appstore for non-Kindle tablets

Amazon is expanding the usefulness of its home-grown virtual currency, by allowing it to be used on all Android devices, not just the Kindle Fire tablet range, the retailer has revealed. Amazon Coins, introduced in May last year, can be used to buy apps from the Amazon Appstore to use on non-Amazon Android...


Amazon acquires game development studio Double Helix Games

IP, 75 staff acquired by Amazon in game studio purchase

Amazon has acquired a game studio, in what is believed to be an attempt to bolster its gaming division. The retailer will absorb approximately 75 staff and all intellectual property of Double Helix Games, the team behind the Xbox One-exclusive Killer Instinct, with it becoming the second studio under...


Amazon rumored to launch sub-$300 Android game console this year

Report claims Amazon demonstrated device to game publishers

Amazon is still looking to sell an Android-based set-top box, a report has claimed. Continuing on from earlier rumors, the device is said to operate as a game console, as well as offering access to various Amazon-owned streaming services such as Prime Instant Video and LoveFilm, with the hardware itself...


Amazon tops 'best ever' holiday season with 1M new Prime members

Amazon adds 1M new Prime members in third week of December

Amazon has wrapped up what it is calling its "best ever" holiday, and the online retailer has added an additional one million subscribers to its Amazon Prime service in a short span of time. A press release from the retailer pointed out that Amazon Prime gained another million subscribers - at $79...


Amazon offering $5 in App Store credit, free holiday app bundles

Promotion requires use of Amazon Appstore app

Starting today, Amazon is running a limited-time promotion where first-time buyers of its Android Appstore will receive a $5 credit following download of any application, including free ones. The promotion requires users to download the Amazon Appstore app, and download any app or game from the appstore....


Amazon Studios will film all 2014 pilots, shows in Ultra HD

Filming in 4K resolution could lead to 4K Amazon Instant Video streaming

Amazon Studios will be shooting all of its 2014 original programming in 4K-resolution, including all pilots and series, for Amazon Instant Video and LoveFilm. The switch to recording in the higher 3840x2160 resolution will allow for the retailer's streaming services to offer content that caters to owners...


Amazon announces interest-free payment plan for Kindle Fire HDX

Amazon selling Kindle Fire HDX on nine-month plan

Amazon is allowing customers to pick up its Kindle Fire HDX and Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 on an interest-free payment plan, it was revealed on Sunday. AllThingsD noted on Sunday that the online retailer is now offering the option to pay for one of its new tablets in four installments, with a number of protections...


Amazon extends AmazonFresh same-day groceries to San Francisco

Same-day fresh produce delivery from Amazon costs $299 per year

Amazon has expanded its five-year-old grocery delivery service to San Francisco. Previously only available in Seattle and Los Angeles, AmazonFresh provides groceries and other fresh produce to customers with either same or next-day delivery, as the online retailer continues to expand its range of services...


Amazon: 50GB free cloud storage with purchase of Android phone

Amazon offers free storage for Note 3, S4, G2

Amazon is offering customers 50GB of free online storage when they purchase an on-contract Android smartphone through its marketplace. The storage is handled through Amazon's Cloud Drive service, which lets users store photos, files, music, and more. Amazon has more than 100 smartphones eligible for...


Amazon, too, pokes at iPad Air in new Kindle Fire HDX ad

Amazon taps Ive-esque voice actor to rib iPad Air

Online retailer Amazon has joined Microsoft and Nokia in making ads poking fun at Apple's iPad Air in order to boost their own tablet offerings. CNet on Sunday noted the release of a new ad for the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 that lightly mocks Apple's marketing terminology and compares Apple's offering to Amazon's....


Amazon Instant Video hits Japan with 26,000 movies, TV shows

Amazon brings video streaming service to Japan

Amazon has now opened up the Japanese version of its Instant Video streaming service, it was revealed today. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new service features more than 26,000 imported movie and television offerings. Rentals for the service start at 100 yen (about $0.98).


Amazon brings Goodreads to new Kindle Paperwhite

Newest Amazon e-reader gets Goodreads compatibility

Amazon has added Goodreads compatibility to its Kindle Paperwhite e-reader device. The feature addition will allow Paperwhite owners to rate books and share quoted passages directly to the Goodreads community. Users will also be able to import both print and digital books bought from Amazon into their...


Amazon makes Kindle Fire HD, HDX, Kindle Store available in Australia

Local site prices Amazon US Kindle Fire HD under Australian retailers

Amazon has made a large push in Australia for its Kindle tablet line. The retailer has launched its Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HDX tablets in the country, coming shortly after the Kindle Paperwhite became available in stores, and is accompanied by a regional version of the Kindle Store, with Kindle...


Moto G spotted on Amazon UK, shipping day after launch

Amazon listing confirms 4.5-inch display, Android KitKat upgrade in future

The Moto G could be shipping to customers the day after its expected launch on November 13th. A sales page for the phone on Amazon UK shows the device, under the previous name of the Motorola DVX, as being "due to be released on November 14th," as well as seemingly confirming a number of rumored specifications.


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