We all love podcasts, amirite? I'm currently listening to the latest 'No Such Thing As A Fish' episode. Audible, the audiobook company owned by Amazon, has officially put live 'Channels,' a way to listen to news shows and podcasts in the same app you listen to books in.
Audible members get unlimited access to Channels, meaning they can listen to ad-free podcasts, news shows, and comedy at no extra charge. The content in a channel can be either streamed or individually downloaded for offline listening. Channels can also be followed, giving users an easy way to stay up-to-date.
Left: The main Channels screen. Middle: A list of content in a Channel. Right: The Channel Player, similar to the audiobook player. Read More
Audible makes audio books more convenient than most other sources thanks to its integration with Amazon Kindle, but it was not very convenient for Android Auto users until now. The app has finally been updated for Google's car interface, but there are a few other notable improvements too. Read More
Amazon's HAL 9000-style voice controlled gadget thing, the Echo, (yes, that's the best way to describe it in a single sentence) is gaining more capabilities with each software update. If you can get over the creepy implications of that, it's amazingly cool. The latest update adds the capability to interact with user recipes from the popular IFFT (If This, Then That) web service. At the moment it's mostly requests for music, to-do functions, and connected gadgets.
The practicality of this is dependent upon which recipes you've created or imported. The example from Amazon's promotional email is an Alexa song request that's automatically funneled through IFTTT and shared on Facebook. Read More
We take a lot of jabs at Verizon here at Android Police, and not without good cause. But we can't deny that the company's current Connection Day promotion, in conjunction with an Amazon partnership, is offering some sweet free stuff. Right now Amazon is giving away a bunch of paid apps and music via its Appstore and Amazon Music portals, compliments of Big Red. You can add them to your Amazon library whether or not you use Verizon for home or wireless services.
Here's a breakdown of the free apps and games, and their normal Amazon prices:
These music tracks are also free. Read More
We've heard rumblings about a possible Netflix-like service for books provided by Amazon, and now that service has come to fruition. It's called Kindle Unlimited, and it essentially offers customers access to over 600,000 titles from the Kindle Library and 2,000 on Audible, with unlimited reading or listening on both for roughly $10 a month.
Of course, Amazon isn't the only one offering a service like this, as Oyster just launched its all-you-can-read book buffet last month for the same price. While the two companies' catalogs are comparable strictly based on numbers, Amazon's offering still contains around 100,000 more titles right out of the gate, plus access to Audible audio books (and the ability to switch seamlessly between the two with Whispersync). Read More
When the time comes to shop for ebooks, Amazon's Kindle Store is one of the first online destinations that comes to mind. Likewise, Audible, a company now owned by Amazon, is an easy recommendation for audiobooks. Thus far, people who own both the ebook and audiobook versions of a novel have had to hop back and forth between mobile apps to switch between the two.
Reading a book using the Kindle app vs listening to it via Audible.
Now an update is rolling out to the Kindle Android app that should make the experiences play along more nicely. It will offer users the ability to switch between the Kindle version and the audiobook version of a book without leaving the app, assuming they own both copies. Read More
Audible received an update to version 1.5.1 today that brings in a handful of new improvements, such as the introduction of cloud storage of audiobook progress and bookmarks to the UK and Germany. In addition to that, the library filter and sorting preferences now persist after the app is closed. If you're using Audible on a device running Android 4.2 or earlier, you can stop here. But for those on 4.3, the best is yet to come. The latest release also does away with the many permanent and unnecessary notifications that Audible flooded into many a pull-down shade.
- Cloud storage of audiobook progress and bookmarks now available in UK and DE
- Library filter and sorting preferences now persist after quitting the app
- Improved compatibility with Android version 4.3
Audible wasn't the only app to abuse the notification area like this. Read More
If you want to listen to an audiobook, Audible is the number one source. Though, the app was never great on Android. It wasn't terrible, but it didn't have a strong Android aesthetic and the layout was strange. With the version 1.5 update, that's a thing of the past. The app looks excellent now, and there are other improvements too.