Amazon Coins, the new virtual currency from Amazon that was announced back in February, makes its public debut today. It’s available to Kindle Fire owners who use the Amazon Appstore to download their digital content, and every user in the United States gets 500 coins — worth $5 — free to get them started.
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For the last two years there has been a lot of speculation that Amazon is working on its own smartphone to go head-to-head with Apple and Samsung’s offerings.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Amazon Kindle Phone is real, and that it might come with a high-tech glasses-free 3D display.
Verizon has finally begun rolling out its Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the Samsung Galaxy Note II. The software makes a whole host of enhancements and introduces new features, including Multi Window, and the Samsung Smart Switch application for transferring data from your old device.
Like Amazon’s Kindle Fire devices, Barnes & Noble’s Android-powered Nook HD and Nook HD+ tablets have always relied on the company’s proprietary app store for software distribution.
While this ensures that every app you download will work well on your slate, it also means that the app selection is limited, and nowhere near that of Android’s own Google Play store.
But that all changed today when Barnes & Noble announced it will finally be bringing Google Play to its tablets.
It’s been almost a year since Microsoft released its SmartGlass app for Android and iOS — and now it’s just become available on the Amazon App Store for the Kindle Fire.
Acer will launch a second-generation Iconia B1 tablet this June, just five months after it announced the original, according to sources in the company’s supply chain. The Taiwanese company had originally planned to launch the device towards the end of 2013, but has moved its launch forward several months.
Acer is also said to be planning a new 10-inch entry-level tablet for this summer.
Amazon has today announced that it will be expanding its Android Appstore to almost 200 countries “in the coming months.” Developers can now submit apps in preparation for the expansion, which will see the Appstore rolling out to Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, India, South Africa, South Korea, and many more.
Thanks to a number of spectacular smartphones and some super cheap tablets, Android adoption continues to rise. According to Google chairman Eric Schmidt, who is speaking at AllThingsD’s Dive Into Mobile conference today, 1.5 million Android devices are being activated each and every day.
Samsung has today confirmed that the new Galaxy Note 8.0 will launch in the United States on April 11, priced at $399. The device will be available in-stores and online from a number of retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg, Staples, and TigerDirect.com.
Real Racing 3 is set to get its first update since hitting the App Store back in February, and it’s going to be a big one. In addition to adding two new cars, users will see more than 100 new events, a new game mode, and iCloud save syncing. EA has published a teaser trailer ahead of the update’s release, which shows off the new cars.