To say that Google's and Amazon's relationship has been going through a rough patch over the past couple of years would be an understatement. The two companies have been on a path of mutual destruction, causing services of one to disappear from devices of the other, and vice versa. It looked like a resolution was nowhere in sight, so you can imagine our surprise when we saw the news that Google and Amazon have finally kissed and made up. Read More
Most of us probably remember the Fire Phone, which was Amazon's first and last effort in the market. The device ran a heavily modified version of Android, and though it packed some interesting face-tracking technology, the interface itself was pretty godawful. Its mediocre specs were paired with an astronomical price tag, and just a bit over one year later, the Fire Phone finally burnt out. Now, according to a recent report by TheWrap, Amazon's mobile ambitions might be preparing to pull a phoenix and rise from the Fire Phone's failed ashes. Read More
Retail behemoth Walmart is thinking about launching a low-cost streaming service in the same vein as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, sources tell The Information. While the venture would be expensive, it could potentially aid Walmart in its ongoing battle against Amazon, which has taken a bite out of the profits of many brick-and-mortar retailers. Read More
“Well, maybe it's on Netflix. Um … did you check Hulu? What about Amazon?” While streaming services make it easy to dive right into your favorite shows, sometimes tracking down that program can be way more difficult than it needs to be. Maybe one service has the current season of the show you're looking for, but past seasons are on another. And as licensing deals are signed and expire, shows may drift from one service to another. How the heck are you supposed to keep track of where anything is? Today it's Google to the rescue, as the company starts sharing info on which streaming services carry the media you're searching for. Read More
Android TV is very much alive, as was made abundantly clear by the plethora of new Android TV powered televisions with Google Assistant capability shown off at CES 2018. Streaming boxes powered by Android TV, however, are conspicuously missing—the last Android TV set-top box to be released in the United States was the Xiaomi Mi Box in October 2016.
Apple TV and Amazon's Fire TV products both received hardware refreshes last September, while Roku products received hardware refreshes in October. In comparison, the three year old Nexus Player—arguably the flagship of Android TV—last received a software update in November, and will not be upgraded to Android 8.1 Oreo. Read More
For a while now, the Android app for Amazon's Prime Video streaming service was unavailable to download in the United States. At least from the Play Store, that is - the only official means of downloading it was through the Amazon Underground app. But now it seems the app has returned to the Play Store. Read More
Amazon is cranking up its efforts in the TV department, and people are noticing. The Amazon Original series Transparent won five Emmys at the 2015 Emmy Awards.
Last night's gathering marked the 67th edition of the ceremony. To celebrate the occasion and the recognition its shows are starting to receive, Amazon is cutting the price of a Prime subscription for just one day. Read More
Lots of people subscribe to Amazon Prime, and undoubtedly, one of the coolest perks to being a member is having an entire Netflix-rivaling video streaming service right at your fingertips. With that said, Amazon has stepped up in a big way by allowing movies and TV shows to be saved for offline viewing. For now, this feature is available in the U.S., U.K., Germany, and Austria.
The benefits of this feature pretty much speak for themselves. Whether it's being able to watch your favorite shows on a plane without paying the exorbitant rates for in-flight Wi-Fi, or just being able to watch them while you're out and about without having to eat away at your data plan, this feature will no doubt be a welcome addition. Read More