Amazon announced this week a new e-reader Kindle called Kindle Oasis. With a redesign of the previous Kindle e-readers, Kindle Oasis aims is to be more like a book than previous eReaders. eReader devices haven’t had the impact of other digital devices in other areas. Physical copies of books still exist and are easier to use and read. True, you can’t carry your entire book collection in your bag, but you can’t use an eBook like a textbook or travel guide is used.
The Amazon Fire is a pretty good consumer tablet. It is aimed at those who consider media to be their primary concern, and the high quality graphics and smooth streaming were a draw for quite a few people. Plus, Amazon has a rather loyal fan base that will always choose their brand over more tech heavy hitters.
Now, they are once again releasing a tablet. This time, the Fire HDX 8.9 promises to continue the tradition of a casual, user friendly tablet with high media performance.
Sources inside Google have claimed that $500 million has been allocated to Shopping Express to expand the service nationwide within the US. Though they haven’t confirmed the figure, Google has confirmed the plan.
Amazon is the go-to for pretty much any online shopping. With their Prime service, they managed to target consumers in a way that has made them the dominant force in the internet’s market. To the point where people are now turning to them for groceries, monthly subscriptions for household items, and a lot more.
Google is facing a dilemma in more ways than one. First, they have been trying to crack into the shopping niche for years, without much success beyond general comparison features. Second, they are experiencing a loss in ad revenue as more people go straight to Amazon for product searches, and skip Google all together.
The Amazon Fire has never managed to carve out a majority market share in the tablet market. Too many people likely consider it a souped-up Kindle to take it that seriously for anything more than media.
But the Amazon Fire Phone could very well be a more stable contender within mobile devices. Not only has it managed to match many features that you see with other top brands, but in some ways it has easily surpassed them.
The massive online market has come a long way since their creation. In the beginning, Amazon was a company all about selling new and used books. Since then they have managed to wriggle their way into most industries, including consumer tech.
With the successful launch of the Kindle Fire, they have already taken a share of the media-focused tablet market, while with the Kindle proper, they have already made themselves stalwarts in the e-reader market, years ago.
Amazon have just announced during a live event their first video streaming device: Fire TV set-top box. The event started with Peter Limp on the stage saying that Amazon is looking forward to solve three major issues of current video streaming devices: search, performance, and “closed ecosystem”.
On a first look Fire TV has a huge potential as it’s packed with a fast processor and a GPU, it comes with voice search and it’s bringing numerous partners(Netflix, HULU, Youtube, Vimeo, etc.). Besides this it’s also packed with the usual Amazon stuff: Movies, Music, Apps and even Games.
At the beginning of this week, we reported that Amazon had introduced flying “drones” as a publicity stunt for their Cyber Monday sales, which Jeff Bezos said he would like to use as a genuine delivery service in the future.
Being that their most popular product has both the name and image of Android, it isn’t that surprising that Google would have it in their mind to create robots. What is more unexpected is how far they have already gone in developing them.