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    The Fire Phone is many things to many people: a funky 3D screen; a portal to a Prime membership; a refreshing escape from the normalcy of the typical smartphone world; a gimmick to be disregarded until the next generation – the list goes on. But whatever your personal opinion, the fact remains that as Amazon's first-ever smartphone, the newest Fire is indisputably significant. And part of its significance lies in its camera. The Amazon Fire Phone camera is a 13MP sensor backed up by the usual slew of glowing marketing material on the device's purchase page: it's a "custom-tuned camera ...

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    Amazon's Fire Phone may be the company's new baby right now, but when it comes to Android devices, Amazon's best known for its family of Fire tablets. Last September we saw it introduce its latest lineup, including some new Fire HD models and the debut of the HDX series. With the anniversary of that launch coming up on us, can we expect a new offering of Fire tablets this year? Some benchmarks may give us an early look at what to expect, but from what we're seeing here, we wouldn't expect any massive changes. Last year's Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 was a pretty capable tablet at the time (and ...

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    The Amazon Fire Phone is still a newcomer to our labs, but it's already been reviewed in several publications the world over. The verdict thus far: this might not be the phone you bring home to momma – not yet, anyway. Though we offered some initial impressions on the Fire Phone in the latest episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast and in the unboxing video embedded below, our minds are still chewing on the question of whether Amazon's first smartphone deserves to exist. The answer will have to wait for our full review coming (very) soon, but in the interim, we thought we'd whip up ...

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    You might buy a Fire Phone for its sweet Amazon Prime bundle, or for the Firefly feature that makes it even easier to add to your vast piles of material wealth. You might buy it to fiddle with its Dynamic Perspective display or to see just what its optically-stabilized camera can do. You might even buy it just to say that you own Amazon's first smartphone. Or, you might decide not to buy it at all, preferring to play the everlasting waiting game we talk about on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. Whichever way you go, you'll want to know what the Fire Phone looks like. Humans being the vain ...

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    Update: Due to today's difficulties with Hangouts, the below Hangouts video is not the ideal recording of today's Weekly episode. Instead, we highly recommend the Libsyn-hosted version, edited by our own Jules Wang and available for streaming and download at the links below. Thanks for listening! One of the nice things about hosting your own podcast is that you get to decide exactly what qualifies as "news." Not in the mood to pretend the latest wave of iPhone 6 display-glass leaks fit the description? Well, tweak the filter a little, and suddenly you've got just a small handful of ...

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    Those quotes up there in the title do more than apologize for our unoriginal, lame pun: they acknowledge a truth that's gotta be tough for Amazon to swallow. The company's first smartphone, which we laid hands on last week, has seen mixed reviews in its first wave of press. There are good reasons for that. With a dubious exclusivity deal in place, a boatload of extraneous features masking its not-quite-Android OS, and a price point that's all kinds of wacky, the Fire Phone's utility isn't clear outside its role as a portal to easier, faster Amazon purchases. Factor in the ho-hum ...

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    It's the first smartphone designed by Amazon, and it marks a day that many of us said would never come. The Fire Phone has landed, and you can buy it now! It's got this cool new pseudo-3D tilty thing called "dynamic perspective" (which actually sounds kind of cool), and some fairly decent specifications. The CPU powering the Fire Phone is a 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, and it's loaded with 2GB of RAM. Both of those are good, but neither are top-of-the-line. If anything, those are last year's specs. On the graphics side, there's an Adreno 330 GPU, but it's only powering a ...

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    Even with the lack of success that companies like Google have found in wallet applications, that doesn't mean that these are giving up on this service. Apple's approach was different with PassBook where you can't really buy anything with it due to the lack of NFC capabilities on iPhones, but you can still store certain cards on it instead of having to carry them around. Amazon Wallet is a mix of these things as we saw on the Amazon Fire Phone, and this just became public for the rest of us. Amazon has just launched its Amazon Wallet service on the Google Play Store. This app won't allow ...

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    Update: Edited podcast with download links has been added below the YouTube embed, courtesy of our excellent podcast editor, Jules Wang! Get to downloadin', folks! The big guys have enough time in the limelight. It seems every week we're spending 80% of the podcast talking about the huge players in the mobile space, along with their commensurately huge smartphone and tablet offerings. While we're not ignoring those established forces in this episode, we are devoting a bit more time to newcomers: from Amazon to OnePlus to a little firm called GoTenna, there's a lot going on in mobile's ...

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    AT&T was kind enough to host us at a hands-on event in NYC last night, and of all the things we came away with, one of the biggest was a renewed appreciation for what a crazy-busy review season it's been. We'd already reviewed almost every single one of the devices AT&T had on display, from wearables like the LG G Watch to affordable smartphones like HTC's Desire 610 to outliers like the not-quite-so-durable Samsung Galaxy S5 Active. Standing apart from these devices, though, was the holy grail of the event: thanks more to its rarity than any one distinctive feature, the ...

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    Amazon's Instant Video service has a fair level of advantages and disadvantages. If you're a Prime customer, you have an incredible amount of titles that are free for you to watch, and you can always pay for the ones that aren't. The biggest disadvantage is that Amazon had locked this service for Smart TVs, Kindle Tablets and iOS. You could get this service working on Android, but the walk around was too frustrating to not prefer a free month of Netflix. Luckily it seems that Amazon has smelled the coffee, and this problem should be fixed soon. Amazon Marketing Director Russell Morris ...

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    Amazon has proven to be one of the most unpredictable companies in the world lately. From bashing tablets with its e-readers, to launching tablets, to claiming it wouldn't launch a phone, to actually launching one, there seems to be no limit to the scope Amazon plans to reach lately. The only frontier we haven't heard Amazon working on is wearables, but that could change very soon. You may not recognize the name Babak Parviz on the street, but if we told you he's one of the project leaders of Google Glass, then things start to ring a bell. Parviz is also famous for leading another Google X ...

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    In-app payments are a lucrative form of income for developers, not to mention the companies behind the app stores and payment processing platforms that profit from every sale. But more than once we've seen in-app purchases put under scrutiny for the ease at which they can be made – and specifically, problems parents have when children, given unsupervised access to smartphones and tablets, run up unexpected bills. While a fair share of that blame arguably lies on the parents themselves, in the US the FTC has been going after companies it sees as not taking proper steps to prevent such ...

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    The Amazon Fire Phone wasn't met with the best reception, even right out of the gate. Even before getting their hands on the device, many have called it "gimmicky," and other words of that nature -- and that may be justified, though we don't know as of this moment. Ratings on Amazon's own store (ironically) are showing that the Amazon Fire Phone sales have likely been anything but impressive so far. Since its debut on the Amazon store, the Fire Phone has tanked to the 77th place. Depending on where it debuted, this may not be a huge issue, but it originally had one of the top five ...

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    You can go back a long way and see that I have been on board the “Amazon making a phone” train from the start. I was an early adopter before there was anything to adopt. I was genuinely excited to see the Amazon event. I was genuinely disappointed when Amazon decided not to stream their event. But that’s not the only thing that genuinely disappointed me, as you’ll soon see. Amazon was making some very interesting strides into the mobile field. Firefly was surely cool – snap a photo of something to buy it. It was very Amazon. Carousel not only apps, but also books and websites. ...

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    For literally years now, rumors of an Amazon-built smartphone have spread around the web, making the occasional headline along the way. No matter how many times Amazon denied the rumors of an in-house smartphone, the rumors continued to surface. And in recent months, word and more specific details picked up. Today, Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos took the stage in Seattle, Washington to make the e-commerce site's smartphone official. Dubbed the Fire phone, as rumors suggested, it brings some new innovation to the wireless space in the form of a 3D interface which the company calls ...

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    Zero hour has arrived. After quite literally talking about the idea of Amazon releasing its own smartphone for years, the rumors and guesswork have coalesced into this afternoon's event, where we've been looking forward to the company finally confirming its news. Today in Seattle, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos took the stage before a room full of both Amazon fans and representatives from the press to draw the curtain back on his company's first smartphone, the Fire phone. The handset features a 4.7-inch HD display, a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800, and has 2GB of RAM. There's a 13MP main ...

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    BlackBerry 10 already has a lot going for it with its Android app compatibility layer, allowing devs to package Android apps for BB10 without having to recode them for the platform. At least, it's a fine idea, if not slightly hampered by hit-and-miss interest on the part of developers. But today we learn of a new arrangement that should bring a ton of new Android apps to BlackBerry en masse, connecting the platform with the growing selection of software available through the Amazon Appstore. Remember earlier this week when Amazon was bragging about just how big its Appstore was getting? ...

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    Rumors of an Amazon phone have been swirling for years, and it's finally looking like we're close -- tomorrow, the company's executives will take the stage in Seattle, WA, to show off what it's been working on. As per tradition around these parts, it's time to take every noteworthy rumor we have seen crop up the last couple months, and spin them into an Amazon phone rumor roundup. Some of the earliest rumors suggested Amazon would team up with HTC in order to produce a joint-effort smartphone. Allegedly, three different release candidates were being worked on, with one far along in the ...

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    Earlier today we picked up one of the latest rumors to add to the story of Amazon's first smartphone, the device we expect to see the company announce tomorrow. With all the time we had already spent talking about the handset's interesting hardware, and some unique (if not maybe a little gimmicky) software, we switched gears and instead turned our attention to sales. Word was that Amazon had found itself a little carrier interest, and that its phone might arrive as an AT&T exclusive. While that detail has yet to be confirmed (not to mention the phone itself), T-Mobile CEO John Legere ...

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    Tomorrow will either bring us news of Amazon's first smartphone, or spectacular disappointment – but really, considering all we've seen, both by way of leaks and Amazon's not-at-all-hard-to-read teaser video, the odds are massively in favor of the company's first smartphone going public. It will join Amazon's family of Kindle Fire Android-based tablets, as well as the company's previous Kindle line of e-readers and its recent foray into set-top boxes, as the latest component of the retailer's hardware family. But what comes after that? Firm answers are still far away, but today we get a ...

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    There is a special event happening tomorrow, where it is believed that the Amazon smartphone will become official. We've been hearing about the device for years now, and it looks like June 18 will be the date to look out for. The fate of the Amazon smartphone depends on many variables: aside from specs, and price, carrier interest is also crucial for the survival of the device. According to the Wall Street Journal, AT&T will be the American carrier which will exclusively carry the Amazon smartphone. Another, earlier, WSJ report claims that the selling point of the device will be its ...

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    Just a couple days from now, on June 18, Amazon has an event that will in all likelihood reveal the company's first smartphone, following the success of its Kindle Fire tablets. The question on everyone's mind is whether or not Amazon will be able to recapture that same kind of magic when it comes to smartphones; will little hiccups like Amazon's use of its own app store, as opposed to Google's massive Play Store, make more of a difference when we're talking about a user's primary device, rather than one used alongside their smartphone? We're probably not too far away from finding out, but ...

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    Some people think Amazon is a book reseller, others think the company sells tangible products. Those people are exactly right - and totally wrong. Amazon is in the content delivery business. Sometimes that content is words on a page, other times it may be a disc of your favorite sci-fi series, or some other physical item. The future, however, is digitally delivered content: books, magazines, music, TV, movies, games, apps, and who knows what else. Switching to digital makes things easier all around: there are no warehouses to stock inventory, no need for people to staff those warehouses, ...

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    Streaming music services have found a match made in heaven with smartphones, and over the years we've seen option after option arrive, ready to provide us with our favorite tracks. Despite just how many choices are out there (or perhaps, because of that), we're always seeing new services arrive, like Beats Music earlier this year, or we're hearing about companies trying to enhance their existing offerings, like with Google and those rumors about a Songza acquisition. Today we learn about yet another new player getting involved, as Amazon kicks-off its own streaming music service, Prime ...

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