Amazon Introduces Fire HD Kids Edition
Sep 18 14
Amazon introduced Fire HD Kids Edition, the first tablet built from the ground up for kids (and their parents). Fire HD Kids Edition is built around three ideas: Despite best intentions, kids break things-Fire HD Kids Edition has an unprecedented 2-year worry-free guarantee-if they break it, we'll replace it. No questions asked. Parents don't want to worry about the bill-the Kids Edition includes a year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited so kids get unlimited access to 5,000 books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games-at no additional cost. Kids want a real tablet, not a toy-the Kids Edition features a quad-core processor, a vivid HD display, front- and rear-facing cameras, Dolby Digital audio, and access to Amazon's unmatched content ecosystem of over 33 million movies, TV shows, songs, books, and Android apps and games. Fire HD Kids Edition is $149 for a 6" tablet and $189 for a 7", and is available for pre-order at company website. Fire HD Kids Edition comes with Amazon FreeTime, which offers innovative parental controls that encourage learning before play and that help manage screen time. With FreeTime, the user select all of the content user’s kids can see, and the user can limit user’s kids' screen time by content type-for example, the person may choose to limit videos and games, but make reading time unlimited. FreeTime blocks stores and in-app payments, so the user don't have to worry about additional expenses. Fire HD Kids Edition includes a year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, the first-ever all-in-one subscription that brings together all the content that kids and parents love-books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games. FreeTime Unlimited has the content kids want, including characters like Harry Potter, Lightning McQueen, Dora the Explorer, Thomas the Tank Engine, and Curious George. FreeTime Unlimited is included with Fire HD Kids Edition at no additional cost-a value of up to $120. Fire HD Kids Edition is just $149 for a 6" tablet and $189 for a 7", and is available for pre-order at company website. It will start shipping in October.
Amazon Introduces Fire OS 4: Sangria
Sep 18 14
Amazon introduced Fire OS 4 "Sangria," the next generation of software and services that powers Amazon's Fire devices. The latest version of Fire OS, "Sangria," continues Fire OS' content-forward user interface that delivers easy and fast access to the user’s favorite books, songs, videos, and games-open them with one tap rather than hunting through folders and apps. Fire OS 4 updates the visual design of the UI and adds Profiles so each family member can have their own individual email, Facebook and Twitter accounts, settings such as display brightness, bookmarks, spot in a movie, and game levels. Fire OS 4 is based on KitKat and adds features and services to make it faster and easier to use. For example, Fire OS includes ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction) which predicts the movies and TV episodes you'll want to watch and starts them instantly, and Smart Suspend develops a device-specific profile for when the tablet is typically not in use and proactively turns wireless off and on to deliver up to 25% more standby battery life. Fire OS is not just a device OS-it deeply integrates with the Amazon cloud to further improve performance and ease-of-use, to enable cross-platform syncing, and to power services that require more processing than is possible on a mobile device. Examples of new cloud services in Fire OS 4 include Family Library so the user can share user’s apps, games, audiobooks, books, and Prime Instant Video content with other members of user’s household; Firefly so the user can identify and take action on artwork, text, and audio instantly-available for over 100 million items; and free unlimited storage in Cloud Drive for photos taken on Fire devices. Fire OS 4 will be available on all 4(th) generation Fire tablets and will be available for all 3(rd) generation Fire tablets via a free, over-the-air software update. Firefly will be available on Fire HDX 8.9. Fire OS 4 will be available on Fire phone early next year.
Amazon Introduces the All-New Fire HDX 8.9
Sep 18 14
Amazon introduced the all-new Fire HDX 8.9, which combines a startlingly light design and stunning HDX display with a new, more powerful processor, exclusive Dolby Atmos and the latest Dolby Audio, and all-new Fire OS 4 'Sangria' features and services. The new Fire HDX is available for pre-order starting from September 18, 2014 for just $379. The new Fire HDX features: Powerful 2.5 GHz processor with a 70% faster graphics engine for exceptional speed and fluidity, especially for graphically-intensive games. Exclusive HDX display with incredible pixel density (339 ppi) and perfect 100% sRGB color accuracy-now with Dynamic Light Control, which makes the pages of a book more closely resemble a real piece of paper in different lighting conditions. Startlingly light design-20% lighter than iPad Air. Exclusive new audio-twice as loud as iPad Air, with crisp, clear sound and no distortion; plus Fire HDX is the first tablet with Dolby Atmos. Wi-Fi with support for 802.11ac MIMO which delivers up to 4x the peak bandwidth. Available with ultrafast 4G LTE wireless. New Fire Keyboard is the thinnest and lightest full-featured tablet keyboard, with a trackpad to make productivity and navigation easier than ever. Powered by the latest version of Fire OS-Fire OS 4 'Sangria'-with hundreds of new and upgraded features, platform updates, and Amazon-exclusive services. Family Library lets all members of user household access user apps, games, audiobooks, books, and Prime Instant Video content, even if they use a different Amazon account. Free, unlimited cloud storage for photos taken with new Fire tablets, automatically backed-up wirelessly. Front-facing HD camera makes it easy to stay in touch with Skype; 8MP rear-facing camera allows for high-resolution photos and 1080p HD video, and includes an LED flash, Electronic Image Stabilization, and a wide-aperture f/2.2 lens. The Camera application also allows customers to capture panoramas, lenticulars, and HDR recommended shots, and the film strip gives access to recent photos and videos, along with the ability to view, edit, share, and delete right from the camera. Firefly lets user quickly identify printed web and email addresses, phone numbers, QR and bar codes, plus over 100 million items, including movies, TV episodes, songs, and products. ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction) predicts which movies and TV episodes you'll want to watch and buffers them for playback before user even hit play, so videos start instantly. The Mayday button delivers revolutionary live tech support-one touch connects user to an Amazon expert who can guide user remotely through any feature-24x7, 365 days a year, and it's free. Nearly 75% of Fire HDX and Fire phone customer questions now come via the Mayday button. Exceptional Performance, World-Class Hardware: 2.5 GHz, Quad-Core Processor Plus 70% Faster Graphics Engine. Fire HDX is the first tablet powered by the most advanced quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, with each core running at up to 2.5 GHz. With the updated CPU and a 70% faster GPU than the previous generation Fire HDX, the all-new Fire HDX provides fast and fluid gaming and video. Exclusive HDX Display-Plus Dynamic Light Control: With 30% more pixels than iPad's Retina display, Amazon's exclusive HDX display combines exceptional pixel density (over 4 million pixels, 339 ppi) and perfect color accuracy (100% sRGB) resulting in the most lifelike images. The HDX display features Dynamic Light Control, which changes the white point of the display based on the ambient light of the surroundings in order to make the page of a Kindle book more closely resemble a piece of paper-this makes the best reading experience on a tablet even better on the new Fire HDX. Exceptional Audio-The First Tablet with Dolby Atmos: Fire HDX is twice as loud as an iPad Air, delivering crisp, clear audio without distortion. The new Fire HDX is the first tablet with Dolby Atmos, which creates a new mobile headphone experience with multidimensional sound that flows above and around you. In a movie with Dolby Atmos, sound moves around user to match what user see on the screen-rain on a roof, airplanes taking off-so you'll hear the sounds where they would be in real life. Startlingly Light Design-20% Lighter than Air: Fire HDX is startlingly light, 20% lighter than iPad Air. Weighing just 13.2 ounces, Fire HDX's frame is made of a single piece of machined magnesium with a blend of glass and nylon molded onto the unibody to create openings for the antennas and maximize signal strength without sacrificing weight or durability. Incredible Real-World Battery Life-Even Longer with Smart Suspend: Even with a faster, more power-hungry processor, Fire HDX delivers incredible battery life-up to 12 hours of reading, surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching videos, and listening to music-without adding weight or thickness to the design. The new Fire HDX also has weeks of standby battery life, so the user don't have to worry about waking up in the morning to find user’s tablet battery depleted because the user forgot to plug it in. This standby battery life is made possible by combining power-efficient hardware components, low-level software improvements, and a new feature called Smart Suspend. Smart Suspend develops a device-specific profile for when the tablet is typically not in use and proactively turns wireless off and on to save power. Smart Suspend will still turn on Wi-Fi periodically to fetch new emails or app notifications, so when the user pick up user’s tablet it's ready to go and up to date. The Peak Bandwidth with 802.11ac: Fire HDX supports the latest-generation wireless standard 802.11ac, which is capable of a peak bandwidth of 600Mbps, 4x the peak bandwidth of the previous generation Fire HDX. Fire Keyboard-Thinnest and Lightest Full-Featured Keyboard with a Trackpad: Tablet keyboards have been frustrating to use because they work for typing but not for navigation, so the user have to keep switching between typing on the keyboard and reaching up to tap the tablet display. Fire Keyboard solves this by including a trackpad within its incredibly thin and light design-it weighs just 7 ounces and is 4.8mm thin, 30% thinner than a #2 pencil. The keyboard connects magnetically to the new Fire HDX 8.9 Origami cover making it simple to carry and easy to remove if the user aren't using it-since the Fire Keyboard is detachable the user can place it as close to or as far from the tablet as you'd like for the most comfortable typing position. The keyboard is available for $59.99. The Fire Family: Fire HDX 8.9 is $379. It is available for pre-order at company website and will start shipping in October. The 4G version is $479 user can pre-order at company website and it will begin shipping in October. Fire HDX 7 will continue to be available and will receive the Fire OS 4 update with many of these features later the year 2014.