It's difficult to put out a $1.5 billion movie and not expect a few major product tie-ins. Marvel, today, "released" (we'll get to that in a bit) a new game for Android called "Avengers Initiative." This $7 app stars the Hulk, as the green loose cannon battles some of his most notorious villains, including Wendigo, the Abomination, and even the infamous Skrulls. The game will only be available for select Android devices to start with.
It's a big day for Netflix: the Android app for both smartphones and tablets has been updated to version 2.0. So with this earth-shattering update to everyone's favorite streaming service, they've added... a WiFi switch. That's it. It makes sure you won't use your mobile data while streaming movies or TV shows. There doesn't seem to be much else to justify a full version bump from 1.8.1.
Alright, to be fair, there are a few user interface tweaks.
Earlier today, Amazon announced a slew of new Kindle products: a refreshed 8GB Fire, brand new 16/32GB Fire HD 7" and 16/32GB Fire HD 8.9", including 32/64GB LTE-enabled variants, and a Kindle Paperwhite which doesn't run Android. The pre-order links weren't working right away, but they've just gone live, and I have them all for you right here.
Kindle Fire (2012 Refresh)
8GB - $159 (September 14th release date) - Pre-order link
Kindle Fire HD 7"
16GB - $199 (September 14th release date) - Pre-order link
32GB - $249 (October 25th release date) - Pre-order link
Kindle Fire HD 8.9"
16GB - $299 (November 20th release date) - Pre-order link
32GB - $369 (November 20th release date) - Pre-order link
Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 4G-LTE
32GB - $499 (November 20th release date) - Pre-order link
64GB - $599 (November 20th release date) - Pre-order link
Repeat after me - "paperwhite." Not "paperweight." Amazon didn't think this one through, did it?
Amazon's new 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD is impressive enough in its own right, thanks to high-end features and a competitive price of $299. But at the Kindle press event today, CEO Jeff Bezos announced something truly groundbreaking: a Kindle Fire with a 4G LTE connection and an unprecedented data plan. For $499 (the price of the iPad 3, among many others) you get the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD, a 4G LTE data connection (almost certainly AT&T) and access to a $49.99-a-year data plan.
As was reported yesterday, it looks like the Sprint Galaxy Nexus will, in fact, be receiving its upgrade to Jelly Bean. Finally. According to documents on Sprint's support page, the JRO03R build starts rolling out today. It looks like it will be an OTA update. If you want to compulsively check for it, though, you can do so in Settings.
We're still waiting to see if the Nexus S 4G will also get the promised Jelly Bean update, as we'd also heard.
Amazon's just announced not one, but
two a few new Kindle Fires: the Fire and Fire HD 7/8.9. The former is a slight bump in spec and drop in price from its predecessor:
- Faster 1.2GHz OMAP4430 dual-core processor
- 7" 1024x600 IPS LCD display, 169ppi
- 2-point multi-touch
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB storage
- Android 4.0 underpinning
- Stereo speakers
- 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (single-band), though no support for ad-hoc networks
- Longer battery life (8.5 hours of continuous use)
- No camera or microphone
- 14.1oz (400 grams)
- Free month of Amazon Prime
- X-Ray for Movies and Books, Immersion Reading, Whispersync for Voice, and more
Other than that, Amazon was very scant on details.
Amazon is currently unveiling a slew of new products at its press conference today. One of the headlining set of slates is the Kindle Fire HD. They will come in two sizes, 7" and 8.9". The HD tablets will be tied deeply to Amazon's content ecosystem. The 8.9" model will have an astounding 1920x1200 display, and it's bound to be one of the nicest looking displays we've seen in a primarily-content-driven device.
Alarm clocks are thick on the ground on the Google Play Store, which is surprising in itself, since Android has a perfectly capable alarm clock built in. There are popular alternatives like DoubleTwist's slick-looking Alarm Clock, and various options for softly lulling you to sleep with music. Now there's a new option that's become quite popular on iOS (though we won't hold it against them), which uses your smartphone or tablet's sensors to wake you up at the right time.
If you always dreamed of reliving Kane's experience in Ridley Scott's 1979 sci-fi horror flick Alien, now's your chance. Chestburster uses a custom t-shirt and augmented reality to bring your own baby alien to life at the expense of your chest, minus the blood, guts, pain, and, you know, dying. Yes, it is as awesome as it sounds.
Badass, no? The companion app just landed in the Play Store for free today (you can't see the goods without the app), but the shirt will set you back $30.