Amazon Smartphone Release Expected Later This Year

Amazon Smartphone Release Expected Later This Year

Over the past few months there have been a lot of rumors about the devices that Amazon is believed to be working on. Some say that the company is building a game console, others believe that perhaps its working on a set top box. For over a year now it has been rumored that Amazon is looking to get into the smartphone game. Its expected to build one that would run a highly forked version of Android, like its Kindle tablets. While nothing concrete has materialized, recent rumors suggest that the Amazon smartphone release is slated for this year.

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    Amazon Game Console Controller Pictured

    Amazon Game Console Controller PicturedSince mid-2013, rumors have been swirling around a potential Amazon.com console or Android “game box” that would cost less than $300 (which still sounds high for an Android box). I thought that the rumors did have some credibility because Amazon has been hiring a number of engineers that have worked in video-game related positions, but the photo of the controller below is yet another tangible indication that this is all real. (more…)

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    Amazon’s Project Aria Smartphone Rumored For This Year

    Amazons Project Aria Smartphone Rumored For This YearWhile the rumors of Amazon making their own Android tablets proved to be true, we have also been hearing that Amazon might be interested in entering the smartphone market as well. However fast forward to 2014 and we still haven’t seen or heard anything yet, apart from rumors and speculation.

    A new report from The Information has revealed that those plans may finally come into fruition later this year, where Amazon could be looking to launch their smartphone, which is reportedly known internally as Project Aria (not to be confused with Google’s Project Ara), in multiple markets including the US, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. (more…)

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    UAE Intends To Use Delivery Drones As Well

    UAE Intends To Use Delivery Drones As WellWill drones take over the world eventually? Perhaps, or perhaps not. A Skynet-like experience from the Terminator movie franchise should still be some ways off, but this does not mean that society could eventually make the move to accept drones to perform mundane tasks such as delivery. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) government is the latest party with plans to make use of high-tech drones when it comes to the delivery of official documents and packages, and they have set a time frame of one year to get the job done. Touted to be the first project of its kind, the battery-powered quadcopters that will be used are touted to be a wee bit smaller compared to a Parrot AR.Drone 2.0. Some of the items that such drones will deliver include small-sized packages including (but not limited to) identity cards, driving licenses and other permits.

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    Amazon Flow Integration: AR To Build Your Shopping List

    Amazon Flow Integration: AR To Build Your Shopping List

    The Flow technology (above: shown on Android) is now integrated in Amazon for iOS

    Amazon has recently updated its iOS mobile app to let users add products directly by taking pictures of them. In some ways, works like previous apps that would let buyers scan the bar codes to find what the lowest prices. Since this app uses a database of known product images, it tends to work best with packaged good, and not fruits and vegetables. Packaging boxes are easier to identify because a “fingerprint” can be reliably generated from the packaging artwork. (more…)

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    Amazon Video Ads Business Gets Detailed

    Amazon Video Ads Business Gets Detailed

    Amazon usually doesn’t talk much about its ad business, it doesn’t break down revenues from advertising in its fiscal quarterly earnings reports. Even if the company talks about the business at various industry events, those presentations normally don’t offer much insight into the business. According to estimates by market research firms, Amazon’s ad revenue may have topped $800 million last year, which translates into roughly one percent of its total revenue. Straying from its usual line, the company today offered some details about its ads business, particularly video ads.

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