Google Glass hasn't exactly set the world on fire, but it wasn't meant to. It and other projects under the "Google X" team were designed to be experimental, and we're still months away from seeing it hit a retail market at the very least. Even so, the news that one of the original architects of Glass is leaving for the distant shores (if not the greener pastures) of Amazon is a little disheartening.
It seems like there are just never enough electrons in your phone, right? With just a few thousand milliampere-hour, it can be easy to drain your device before there's an outlet handy, so it's a good thing portable battery packs exist. If you're carrying something extra anyway, you might as well go big. A Crave Travel Pro 13,000mAh battery that should work nicely is on sale over at Amazon.
Samsung's Gear Fit, the smaller, sleeker alternative to the company's other smartwatches, is probably the most interesting of the second generation Gears. If you've been coveting one, now would be the time to buy it: Amazon has it for just $99.99. That's a full 50% off the $200 retail price, and notably below alternatives like the Pebble smartwatch and the new Android Gear watches. As usual, Amazon Prime users in the United States can add free two-day shipping to the deal.
We've been talking about Handy Apps' newest app, Expense IQ, and how it can help users be more aware of their finances, budgeting, save money, etc. But we haven't yet looked at one of EIQ's best features: Cloud Sync. This is an extremely important feature, as it not only makes moving data to a new device easy, but it also keeps a backup safe in the cloud (in your Dropbox account) and makes all info available across multiple devices.
Telltale games must have some sort of agreement with Amazon, seeing as all of its games show up in the Appstore before coming to Google play. Such is the case with The Wolf Among Us, an episodic point-and-click adventure based on the famed Bill Willingham "Fables" comic book series. It actually arrived on Amazon a few weeks ago with little fanfare, but it probably deserves some.
Amazon's Gold Box deals always tend to gravitate back to flash memory storage every few weeks. Today is another iteration with discounts on many Sony SD cards, USB drives, and more interestingly for mobile users, microSD cards and microUSB OTG flash drives.
If your phone has a microSD slot and you want to add extra storage for your media files, you may want to pick up the 64GB microSD Class 10 card for $33 instead of $115.
Amazon's Android Appstore always has at least one paid app featured for free every day, but for whatever reason, they've decided to make a whopping 31 apps free right now. Taken together they're worth over $100 USD. Most of them are barely notable, but there are some worthy games and apps in there as well. Plex, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, The Room Two, AccuWeather, Root Explorer, Ravensword, Dungeon Village, and Splashtop are all worth it even at the paid price.
Amazon is hoping the Fire Phone will be a hit with consumers despite the higher than expected price and AT&T exclusivity. To make its case, the retailer is looking to ensure there are plenty of apps and games that take advantage of the device's unique features. Developers can get up to $15,000 in Amazon coins to give away to users if they go along. There are some caveats, of course, but that's a lot of free money.
Jeff Bezos took to the stage earlier today to announce Amazon's first entrant into the highly competitive smartphone industry, the Fire Phone. Not only was the presentation loaded with some of the shiny new features of the handset and Fire OS, all meant for the press to disseminate to potential buyers, but there were also a few unusually blunt efforts to attract developers. In the midst of demonstrating Firefly and Dynamic Perspective, portions of the presentation were focused on explaining that developers would be able to extend these platform features in their own apps.
Update: Here's a video of the full press conference.
We've been hearing about Amazon's potential smartphone for what seems like years, but today it's finally real. At a super-exclusive Amazon event, Jeff Bezos talked about Prime, Kindles, FireTV, customers, some other stuff, and took wraps off of the company's first go at a phone. It is, as you may have guessed, an interesting one. It's packing some rather unique features, as well as top-notch hardware:
- 4.7" IPS LCD HD display "optimized for one-handed use" – 590 nit brightness, Gorilla Glass
- Quad core 2.2GHz processor
- Adreno 330 GPU
- 2GB RAM
- 32/64GB storage
- 13MP f/2.0 rear shooter, OIS – instant access button, even with the screen off
- Four front-facing cameras for dynamic perspective and a wider field of view
- Unlimited photo storage (cloud)
- Dual stereo speakers
- Ships with non-tangle headphones with flat cable and magnetic buds
- Glass back
- Aluminum Buttons
- Nine-band LTE
- $199 on-contract, AT&T Only