Amazon is the leading e-commerce company and has managed to branch out into new markets. The company has expanded its selection via a robust third-party selling network. Meanwhile, Amazon's Kindle is the leading e-reader device, but is facing tough competition from Apple's iPad, Barnes & Noble's Nook and Sony's Reader franchise. Amazon Web Services, the company's enterprise cloud computing unit, is gaining traction.
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Amazon's debut entry into the smartphone arena, the Fire Phone, costs more than Apple's iPhone 5S to build, but less than Samsung's Galaxy S5.
Amazon's Fire Phone has the design quality you might expect from Apple's iPhone, or Samsung's Galaxy S5. It's a strong contender in the Android space, even if it misses a few enterprise targets.
The Fire Phone has one flagship feature: a display with three-dimensional aspects. Other software elements in the retail giant's debut smartphone are gimmicky at best. This device feels like a work in progress.
The new Amazon Fire phone is targeted towards consumers and buying through the Amazon Prime service. However, if you want to bring it into the office, there is enough support to help you get work done too.
The storefront offers pretty basic products, like jewelry, knickknacks and bobble heads, but the draw is that shoppers can personalize item details.
Amazon's earnings spurred a flurry of worry about Amazon Web Services' growth. The larger takeaway that the cloud service game is maturing.
While on the outside the Fire Phone is sleek and smooth, according to iFixit the inside is "a veritable mess of cables, connectors, and glue." For anyone thinking of buying a Fire Phone with the idea of repairing it if something goes wrong, the iFixit verdict on this is simple – don't buy it.
UPDATED: During the shareholders call, CFO Tom Szkutak batted a few questions about more specific AWS revenue and growth figures.
Microsoft is making its OneNote note-taking app available for free for the Fire Phone and Kindle Fire tablets through Amazon's Appstore for Android.
Microsoft is making Skype available on Amazon's Fire phone, making good on the company's commitment to provide its productivity tools on all mobile platforms.
Amazon's Fire Phone proved itself to be a good everyday phone even though it's unclear whether Dynamic Perspective and Firefly will be hits. Amazon's Fire gives us something unique in the me-too land of Android smartphones.
Microsoft is making major changes to the company and Nokia strategy, while also actively updating the Surface Pro 3. Swappa is feeding my smartphone addiction.
Two days after a leaked Amazon website page detailed Kindle Unlimited, the retail giant has formally announced the new subscription service.
Building a decent sub-$100 tablet is possible today, and recovering the cost of this over a couple of years – especially if it is tied to something such as Amazon Prime – is well within the realms of possibility.