Amazon is in the process of rolling out a rather hefty over-the-air update for both the Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HDX. The upgrade brings several new software features, including the integration of Goodreads, Smart Lookup, Wi-Fi print and enhanced enterprise features.
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Amazon has today unveiled its new third-generation tablet called the Kindle Fire HDX. Like its predecessors, the device is available in 7-inch and 8.9-inch variants, and both feature speedy quad-core Snapdragon 800 processors, high-resolution displays, 2GB of RAM, and stereo speakers.
The larger model also offers an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, which is a first for the Kindle Fire lineup.
In addition to the new models, Amazon has refreshed the Kindle Fire HD to add improved displays, faster processors, and Amazon’s latest software. The retail giant has also reduced the price of the 7-inch device to $139, while the 8.9-inch model is now just $269.
With Google’s second-generation Nexus 7 now shipping, everyone’s wondering how and when Amazon will counter it with a new Kindle Fire HD. We already know the retail giant is working on one, and thanks to these leaked photographs, we now know what it’s going to look like as well.
Meet the new 7-inch Kindle Fire HD 2.
With the current Kindle Fire HD almost a year old now, we’re expecting Amazon to unveil its successor in the coming weeks. And according to leaked benchmark results, it could be a significant improvement, with the latest quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and a high-resolution 2560×1600 display.
The Kindle Fire has been one of the few tablets that’s been able to stand up to the iPad and carve out a spot on the market, but rather than keeping the specs cheap, Amazon is planning to bump the Kindle Fire up to HD status.
When it comes to small tablets, Google and Apple have been getting all the attention lately with the new Nexus 7 and iPad 5 rumors, but Amazon is preparing a new arsenal of tablets to take them out.
Amazon plans to pack Qualcomm’s high-end Snapdragon 800 chipset into its next lineup of Kindles and even the 7-inch model is getting some decent horsepower.
The popular video sharing app Vine is now available to download on the Amazon app store, compatible with both the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD. This announcement comes just days after a nifty update was introduced for Vine’s Android app, delivering the ability to use your device’s front-facing camera.
Google is gearing up to launch a second-generation Nexus 7 this July, which will cost slightly more than its predecessor at $229, according to supply chain sources in Taiwan. The search giant has supposedly upped its price tag slightly in an effort to avoid competing directly against entry-level Android tablet from other manufacturers.
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.