Now that you've heard the new name for Android M, you're probably all excited to hear about how Amazon plans to deliver a customized version of Android Lollipop to its Fire devices later this year. Yeah, around the time regular Android will be making the leap to Marshmallow. The company released a developer preview of Fire OS 5 back in June for the Fire HD 6 and 7. Now it's releasing a version for Fire TV as well.
With Fire OS 5, Fire TV is making the substantial jump up from OS 3. The upcoming version will bring Android 5.1 along with support for Android TV and the v17 leanback library. Read More
At this point in history, 200GB microSD cards are a luxury few people are ready to jump on. But if you absolutely must have everything saved on your phone and accessible at all times, the option is there. It's just going to cost an arm, a leg, and over a couple hundred bucks. Fortunately, Amazon's price has dropped a tad. You can now get one for $220.
Yeah, that hardly qualifies as cheap, but it's less than the $240 Amazon originally sold the card for and the $250 it still costs at Best Buy. Though, honestly, why not just get a handful of 128GB microSD cards for $60 each? Read More
Amazon is pulling out all the stops to entice you to use its Appstore for Android. True, Google Play is more convenient, but rarely does Google just give away $90 in premium apps and games as Amazon is doing right now. It's a good selection too with titles like Goat Simulator and Elements of Photography.
Have you heard about the new MicroSD card functionality coming in Android M? It's pretty awesome, and it gives you a new reason to invest in external storage (and pester your manufacturer of choice to include a card slot in its next flagship). Android M won't be available in non-developer form for a few months, but if you want to get a head start on cheap storage, Amazon's Gold Box deal portal is the place to be today. The retailer is offering some impressive deals on PNY brand MicroSD cards, from 16GB all the way up to a massive 128GB. Read More
You can never have too much battery power. Actually that's not true - strapping a Duralast to your back via some kind of shoulder rig so that you can play Crossy Road for 200 hours straight might be considered overkill. But any external battery that you can shove in your pocket for a long day of travel is a good one. If you're in the market, an Amazon vendor is offering a 16000mAh model (big enough for 4-5 charges of a current flagship) for just $23.99.
You'll need to use a coupon to get this discount (which also means that it's probably limited to the US version of Amazon). Read More
Amazon has the market cornered when it comes to some services, but general consumer cloud storage is not one of them. The retailer is trying, though. The Cloud Drive app arrived in June and it's getting a big update today with some essential file management options.
If you're a regular person, you might have a single phone that you can easily charge through the USB port on the side of your laptop. Maybe you have a tablet that just so happened to die at around the same time. You don't feel like getting up, so you plug it into your other USB port, and that is that.
But if Android devices mean a bit more to you. You read the blogs. You write for blogs. You develop apps. Read More
Like the Kindle tablets that came before it, Amazon's Fire TV Stick is built on top of a customized version of Android. You won't find the Play Store and Google apps on your television screen if you pick one up, but it's still a good way to get your hands on apps. Then, of course, there are the ever-so-important TV shows and movies.
Best Buy is currently offering the Fire TV Stick for $25. That's $15 less than the product's usual price. This also matches the amount Amazon was selling the media dongle for during its big Prime Day sale in mid-July. Read More
Even at $99 a year, Amazon Prime is a great deal if you often order items from the giant retailer - the free two-day shipping alone is worth it for impatient types, and extras like a collection of free streaming videos don't hurt. Before now you could make your dollar go even further by sharing an account with up to four other Amazon customers (for a total of five). Alas, the halcyon days of that frugal fivesome are over: Amazon now restricts you to two adult users per Prime account.
The new setup seems particularly targeted at nuclear families. The two adults can both access the Prime account, with each person having access to the other's credit or debit cards on the Amazon account after the original owner verifies it. Read More
They said it would be coming on the first of August, and it looks like they're right on time. ZTE's interesting Axon, which made a splash with impressive specs and an off-contract selling price, is now on sale in the US. You can pick up the phone in white, gold, or navy blue from the manufacturer's website. If you've got an Amazon Prime or Newegg Premier customer account you can grab the phone from either retailer, and eBay is selling it as well.
The Axon sells for $449.99 at all outlets and in all colors, though Newegg is currently backordered for the blue model and doesn't have the gold version is stock, and Amazon only seems to be selling the blue version. Read More