SAN FRANCISCO--Yahoo today unveiled the first official Android Flickr app, as well as a new feature that will allow users of its popular photo service to quickly and easily share pictures in real time with family and friends.
Released at a press event here that was meant to highlight part of Yahoo's overall mobile strategy, the new Android Flickr app is the first Yahoo has released, although developers have already built dozens for both Google's and Apple's mobile operating systems. There is already an official iOS app. … Read more
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos served notice today that his company is very much a Netflix competitor.
Some analysts predicted that Amazon would not make a serious effort in online video distribution. But at a press event in New York this morning, Amazon kicked Netflix where it hurts the most right now: price and value. The Web's largest retailer announced a series of new electronic readers as well as a tablet computer called the Kindle Fire (See CNET's first look at the device). Amazon wrapped the tablet into a hard-to-beat offer for many movie fans.
For Microsoft, that's a big problem. That's because Microsoft envisioned tablets running its Windows 8 as the clear alternative to the iPad.
The market position battle in the early days of the tablet business isn't merely an exercise in chest-thumping. Tablet makers need to establish viability to convince developers to create much-needed applications to lure customers. That's why securing the spot as No. 2 is so key. Developers simply aren't going to waste time creating applications for devices that won't catch on with consumers.
Microsoft made its bid to developers earlier this month when it previewed its Windows 8 at the company's Build conference in Anaheim, Calif.
"We're launching a new opportunity for developers," Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows and Windows Live division, told the 5,000 programmers there.
Windows 8, which will power PCs as well as tablets, will run every program Windows 7 can run. But the vast majority of those programs will run in the traditional mouse-and-keyboard interface that will also be available on Windows 8. For its tablet strategy to work, Microsoft needs to persuade developers to create applications that take advantage of its touch-friendly Metro interface.… Read more
commentary Amazon, not Apple, just mainstreamed the tablet market.
The company's new Kindle Fire tablet, a 7-inch touch-screen device powered by Amazon's content ecosystem and priced at just $199, may be an orange to Apple's iPad apple, but I'd argue that it's an iPad killer all the same.
On paper, the Kindle Fire has half the features of the iPad. In fact, it's almost literally half the features--here's a handy comparison chart so you can see for yourself. There's no camera, front or rear; the 8GB of onboard storage is half the … Read more
Among Amazon's announcements today is that the retail and cloud services giant is stepping into the browser market with a new Web browser that ships in its upcoming Android-based tablet.
That new browser is called Silk, and it's the latest effort to make Web browsing faster, especially on portable devices where the hardware is typically slower than what a user might have on a desktop or notebook computer. It can also learn how you browse the Web, and extend battery life by putting some of the heavy lifting in the cloud, Amazon says.
The company is putting the weight of its massive cloud services infrastructure behind the browser to make up for potential hardware shortcomings. While the Kindle Fire tablet ships with a dual-core processor that's capable of running games and other applications, the company says that users have come to expect a certain amount of speed on the desktop that isn't always there on mobile devices.
Amazon's solution is what it calls a "split browser," a method that makes use of local processing for some things, while tapping into its Elastic Compute Cloud to process and serve up content faster than users might get it directly from the device. … Read more
commentary Well, the Kindle Fire just up and ruined it for all the other tablet makers.
Amazon just put the rest of the tablet world on notice by pricing the Kindle Fire at $199, less than half of the $500 mark that the industry has gravitated toward as a standard price. By doing so, Amazon is redefining for consumers just how much they need to pay for a quality tablet.
"It makes it much more difficult for pure tablet vendors--other than Apple--to sell products at a profit," said Avi Greengart, who covers consumer electronic products for Current Analysis. … Read more
Android phones seem to have cornered the market on 4G, according to a report out yesterday from Localytics.
Gazing at the smartphone landscape, the mobile analytics firm found that 37 percent of all Android phones are now 4G-enabled. That percentage is likely to surge even further as this year alone the number of 4G Android phones have jumped by more than 50 percent.
Of course, 4G is a fuzzy term that's often used loosely to describe any type of high-speed mobile access. For the purposes of its study, Localytics defines a 4G device as one that taps into LTE, … Read more
Amazon today showed off three new versions of its Kindle e-ink digital book reader.
The company unveiled the Kindle Touch for $99. It also showed off a 3G version, which will sell for $149. A cheaper and smaller non-touch-control Kindle will sell for $79, and will be supported with ads.
CNET senior editor Donald Bell discussed that possibility yesterday, saying that he's "a little worried for the iPod." He pointed out that the iPod has been surviving in the shadow of the iPhone and iPad, and as time goes on, the portable media players are becoming less important to Apple's bottom line.
In July, Apple revealed in its fiscal third-quarter … Read more
Amazon unveiled the Kindle Fire, an Android-powered tablet that acts more like a color e-reader on steroids and will retail for $199.
"We're building premium products at non-premium prices," said Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos during the presentation.
The Kindle Fire will be available on November 15 and is available for preorder now. Bloomberg earlier reported the $199 price point and details on the device.
The Kindle Fire marks Amazon's first foray into the tablet market, which has so far been dominated by Apple's iPad. But with its low price--most tablets retail for around $500--and the established Kindle brand, analysts believe Amazon's product could represent the first legitimate competitor in an area where many other high-end Android tablets have missed the mark.
"We believe that the launch of an Amazon tablet will significantly boost the tablet market and inject a much needed competitor to Apple's iPad," Adam Leach, an analyst at research firm Ovum, said ahead of the event.
The specifications, however, are lower than other comparable high-end tablets. While it has a dual-core processor, it lacks many of the other typical features found in a tablet, such as a camera, microphone, and 3G wireless access. It also only has 8 gigabytes of storage space. The device is more intended to compete with Barnes & Noble's Nook Color, which is essentially a stripped down Android tablet. … Read more