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4 years ago

Amazon Kindle Fire HD vs. iPad vs. Nexus 7 vs. Surface RT vs PlayBook

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Alright, we've rounded up just about all of the specs on Amazon's new Kindle Fire HD tablets, now let's see how they size up against the competition: Apple's new iPad, the Google Nexus 7 by ASUS, Microsoft's upcoming Surface RT, and RIM's LTE BlackBerry PlayBook. 

At the lower price points, only the Nexus 7 is really competing. We're still waiting on more information on RAM, but the new Kindle Fire HDs offer a lot more local storage further up the ladder. Next to the new iPad, the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD with LTE doesn't look so hot. Sure, the new iPad with data starts $130 higher, but it includes a much higher-resolution screen, a rear camera, and few more key bonuses. 

In any case, what do you think of the Amazon Kindle Fire HD when sized up against these other major tablets? Does it stand a good chance at holding onto its major share of the U.S. tablet market? How about abroad?

Be sure to stick around for a hands-on comparison from Kevin, who handled our most excellent liveblog earlier today.

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4 years ago

Verizon 4G LTE expands to over a dozen new locations

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Verizon has continued their crazy fast expansion of 4G LTE network coverage this week with over a dozen new markets or locations. More LTE markets can only be a good thing, especially if you're one of the millions who recently picked up a Samsung Galaxy SIII (S3) on Big Red. Here's a full list of the locations that went live this week:

  • Communities near St. Louis, Missouri
  • Richmond, Indiana
  • Rochester, New York (network enhancements)
  • Sunbury, Pennsylvania
  • Stroudsberg, Pennsylvania
  • Pottsville, Pennsylvania
  • Williamsport, Pennsylvania
  • Jackson County, Michigan
  • Syracuse, New York (network enhancements)
  • Binghamton, New York (network enhancements)
  • Greene County, New York (network enhancements)

With this rate of growth in the Verizon 4G LTE network, it's going to be hard for AT&T to catch up -- and seemingly impossible for Sprint

Source: Verizon News Center

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4 years ago

Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD coming to the UK for £129 and £159

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Amazon UK sends word that the new Kindle Fire (second-generation) and Kindle Fire HD (7-inch) will be launching in the UK soon. Importantly, Amazon's bringing both devices to the British isles at highly competitive price points -- £129 for the basic Kindle Fire, and £159 for the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD (the 8.9-inch versions were not mentioned in today's press release). The move represents Amazon's first foray into the UK tablet space, as the original Kindle Fire was never released in the country.

The £159 price point puts the 16GB Fire HD in direct competition with the 8GB Nexus 7, and Amazon's offering comes with a compelling content package, which crucially includes music, something lacking from Google Play in the UK. British Kindle Fire owners will also get one month of free access to Lovefilm, the European movie subscription service owned by Amazon, as well as a free month of Amazon Prime. Both devices are due to land in the UK on Oct. 25, and are available to pre-order today.

Needless to say, the UK budget tablet market just got really interesting. And with Apple due to join the fray in mid-October, it looks like there'll be no shortage of competition for Google's Nexus 7 in the months ahead.

We've got Amazon's press release in full after the break. Also be sure to check out our continuing coverage of the new Kindle devices by directing your attention a few pixels down.

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4 years ago

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch gallery

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Here's the first round of images of the new Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9. We're getting our hands on one as we speak, so stick around for more. 

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4 years ago

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch available November 20th for $299

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Aside from the 7-Inch version, Amazon also announced the 8.9-Inch Kindle Fire HD. Just like the 7-Inch version, the 8.9-Inch will come with 16GB of storage though you'll have to wait a little bit longer and empty your pockets a little bit more if you go that route. The 8.9-Inch Kindle Fire HD ships on November 20th and will come in at $299. Still not bad pricing.

Pre-order: New Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD 7-inch, Kindle Fire 8.9-inch and 8.9-inch 4G LTE

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4 years ago

Amazon announces Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE with $50 per year data plan

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At its Kindle event in Los Angeles, Amazon has just announced its high-end Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE tablet. Speaking at the event, Amazon's Jeff Bezos said that to sell a tablet at $499, Amazon would have to include "the ultimate tablet feature."

The 8.9-inch, $499 Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE will come with 32GB of storage and a $49.99 per year data plan, including an allowance of 250MB per month, 20GB of cloud storage and $10 Amazon Appstore credit. Nothing's been mentioned just yet regarding how much it'll cost once you go over that small monthly allowance, but we're hoping there will be some option to top up a few extra gigabytes. Amazon didn't say specifically which network it was partnering with, but the 4G LTE logo displayed matched that of AT&T.

Amazon was keen to promote the advantage of its setup versus the Apple competition, highlighting the savings involved in an integrated data plan. Bezos summed up the company's bullish attitude, simply saying "we have just built the best tablet at any price."

The Kindle Fire HD with 4G LTE is available to pre-order today, and will ship on Nov. 20 alongside the Wifi-only version.

Pre-order: New Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD 7-inch, Kindle Fire 8.9-inch and 8.9-inch 4G LTE

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4 years ago

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7-inch available September 14th for $199

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With the all around announcement of the new Kindle Fire HD, Amazon managed to differentiate the product line much like their other Kindle offerings announcing that the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7-inch will be available as of September 14th. For those concerned about pricing, the updated Kindle Fire will come in at a very reasonable $199. One difference here though over the 8.9-Inch is that the 7-Inch only comes with a screen resolution of 1280x800.

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4 years ago

Poll: Will you be buying either the Kindle Fire 2 or the Kindle Fire HD?

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Now that Amazon has announced the Kindle Fire 2 and the Kindle Fire HD with some pretty interesting specs and price points, we've got to ask whether or not you're interested in either of these devices so, go ahead and sound off in the poll below. If none of the options fit for ya, let us know in the comments your thoughts on the devices.

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4 years ago

Amazon hails improved MIMO Wifi on Kindle Fire HD

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We're live at Amazon's Kindle event in Los Angeles, where the company's showing off a range of new products, including the Kindle Fire HD tablet. Amazon's Jeff Bezos has been walking through the main features of the new tablets, and one stand-out for the Kindle Fire HD is its MIMO (Multi-In, Multi-Out) Wifi connectivity. Using multiple antennae, Bezos says Amazon's new flagship tablet boasts Wifi that's 54% faster than the Nexus 7, and 41% faster than the new iPad. The Fire HD also includes support for less-crowded 5GHz Wifi bands, unlike the Nexus 7.

Positioning the Kindle Fire HD as a high-definition multimedia consumption device, Bezos says "if you're going to have HD content, this is important," and a Amazon displayed a chart showing their new tablet pulling 31Mbps over Wifi compared to the Nexus 7's 20 and the iPad's 22. Bezos claims the Kindle Fire HD is the world's first tablet with MIMO support. In addition to faster throughput, having more than one antenna should eliminate the "death grip" issues seen in some devices, where gripping near the antenna reduces signal strength.

Amazon's still in the middle of unveiling its new products, so join our liveblog for all the developments as they happen

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4 years ago

Amazon introduces upgraded Kindle Fire for $159, ships September 14th

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Amazon is hosting an event today (follow our live blog!) where they're introducing a brand new lineup of Kindles. They just announced an updated version of their 7-inch tablet, the Kindle Fire.

The new version will have a faster processor, double the RAM, is 40% faster and sports longer battery life. The best part? It's price is down to $159, which is a ridiculous price for any tablet.

The upgraded version of the Kindle Fire is available for pre-order today and will ship September 14th.

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4 years ago

Amazon announces Kindle Fire HD in 7-inch, 8.9-inch, and LTE varieties

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Today, Amazon announced the Kindle Fire HD, a big sequel to their affordable tablet. One is in the familiar 7-inch size, and another at 8.9 inches with an option for LTE and an awesome data plan. For $49.99/year you can get a data plan that offers 250 MB/month (which you'll blow through in 5 seconds if you're downloading at full tilt). The plan is coming from AT&T, though Amazon says the Kindle Fire HD will support all ten 4G bands. 20 GB of cloud storage come included, plus upgrades are available for 3 GB or 5 GB plans. Let's run through the device specs. 

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7-inch - starts at $199, shipping September 14

  • 16 GB / 32 GB storage
  • 7-inch 1280 x 800 touchscreen at 216 PPI
  • TI OMAP 4460 processor
  • 802.11n 5 Ghz MIMO Wi-Fi antenna 
  • 7.6 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • 11 hours battery life

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch - starts at $299, $499 for LTE/32GB, shipping November 20

  • 16 GB / 32 GB / 64 GB storage
  • 8.9-inch 1920 x 1200 touchscreen at 254 PPI
  • TI OMAP 4470 processor and Imagination SGX544 graphics engine
  • 9.4 x 7.31 x 0.34 inches
  • 802.11n 5 Ghz MIMO Wi-Fi antenna

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4 years ago

Amazon introduces Kindle Paperwhite with new high-contrast display

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Today Amazon announced the Kindle Paperwhite, a $119 e-reader that's shipping October 1st, with preorders available today. A version with 3G will also be available for $179. The big seller here is the new high-contrast touch-sensitive display; whites are whiter, blacks are blacker. The thing can even get 8 weeks of battery life with the light on. Wowzers. Three's also this cool feature called X-Ray which lets you keep track of characters in novels. Handy for those particularly complicated books, eh?

The announcement is ongoing, but based on this shot of a demo, it's looking like the device runs Android.  Still waiting on confirmation... In the meantime, follow our liveblog!

Even if this one doesn't end up running Android, Paperwhite is likely to find its way into an Android device from Amazon at some point. It's got something they're calling a "nanoimprrinted light guide" to help figure out just exactly how much light to emit given ambient conditions.

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4 years ago

Sprint updates their Galaxy Nexus support page, confirms Jelly Bean coming yet again

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Just in case you needed one more reason to believe that Sprint will begin rolling out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to Sprint Galaxy Nexus owners, they've now gone ahead and updated their software update website with the details and change log. Of course, it contains nothing surprising that you all didn't already know but have a look any how:

  • Upgrades phone operating system to Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean)
    • Smoother user interface
    • Enhanced Accessibility functions
    • Bi-directional text and other language support
    • User-installable keyboard maps
    • Expandable notifications
    • Ability to turn off notifications on an application specific basis
    • Shortcuts and widgets can automatically be re-arranged or re-sized to allow new items to fit on home screens
    • Android Beam – Use Android Beam to Bluetooth transfer data
    • Offline voice dictation
    • Improved voice search
    • Improved camera application
    • Google Wallet (for the Nexus 7)
    • High resolution Google+ contact photos
    • Google Now
    • Multichannel audio
    • USB audio added for external sound Digital to Analog Conversion
    • Audio chaining also referred to as Gapless Playback.  Gapless playback is the uninterrupted playback of consecutive audio tracks
  • Discontinuing support for Adobe Flash Player:
    • Adobe will not be certifying the Adobe Flash Player for Android Mobile devices that either release with or update to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). 
    • Devices that upgraded from Android 4.0 to Android 4.1, may exhibit unpredictable behavior, as it is not certified for use with Android 4.1.  Adobe recommends uninstalling Flash Player on devices which have been upgraded to Android 4.1.

We've not yet received any reports it showing up for anyone as of yet, but I'm sure it'll be along shortly. If you see it pop up, drop a comment here or in the Android Central forums and let everyone else know they should commence smashing their check for update button.

 Source: Sprint, Thanks, adavisme!

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4 years ago

Vodafone announces Vodafone Red with unlimited calls and texts

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Vodafone UK is to launch a new range of service plans aimed at heavy users, dubbed Vodafone Red. The new plans, which start at £29 per month, offer unlimited calls and texts and between 1GB and 2GB of data. Vodafone Red plans come into effect from tomorrow, Sept. 7, and will be available across Voda's range of smartphones. At the entry-level, £29 per month will get you something like a Huawei Ascend G300, while those looking to take advantage of the Red plan and score a high-performance handset at the same time will be looking at up to £47 per month.

Voda's new plans represent a move in the opposite direction to competing networks T-Mobile and Three. Both rivals offer unlimited data around this price point, along with finite, though large, allowances of calls and data. It'll be interesting to see whether Brits are still interested in call-focused price plans, as subscribers are increasingly turning towards heavier mobile data usage. Nevertheless, Vodafone insists its new price plans offer the "best value ever" for its customers.

We've got more details in Vodafone's press release after the break.

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4 years ago

HootSuite swoops in and acquires Seesmic

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After a good, long run on Android, Seesmic has been acquired by HootSuite. Seesmic users don't have to worry too much, as HootSuite has promised that they'll continuing supporting the app, though business users will get moved over to HootSuite's offering. Both CEOs sound pretty amicable about how the whole thing worked out.

"I have always had a lot of respect for Seesmic’s CEO, Loïc Le Meur and the role Seesmic has played in advancing social business." said HootSuite CEO, Ryan Holmes. “We are thrilled to welcome Seesmic’s users into the HootSuite family.”

"We’ve always been big fans of Ryan Holmes and the HootSuite team, since the days we were all pioneering the Social Media landscape. We’re thrilled today to announce that Seesmic is joining HootSuite, and we’re excited for our users: they are becoming part of the HootSuite family, and they will be able to continue to build their brand and social business," said Seesmic CEO Loic Le Meur.

Both companies are big in the social media management scene, and their products have been just as great for everyday consumers as for pros. Although Twitter is the main focus, HootSuite offers tools for Facebook, LinkedIn, Foursquare, and a few other networks too. 

I haven't touched Seesmic in awhile since I generally stick with HootSuite or the native Twitter and Facebook apps, but what do you guys use? The last update we saw from Seesmic added Instagram viewing, which is pretty cool, but what else does Seesmic do that HootSuite should make a point of integrating?

Source: HootSuite

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