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Google Play Games Now Supports Nearby Multiplayer

Category: Mobile
Posted: October 17, 2014 08:21AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Google has publically revealed through a tweet on its official Android Developers account that Google Play Games now supports Nearby Multiplayer. The technology enables two players to be synced together within the same game as long as they are physically near one another. Support for Nearby Multiplayer allows developers to create local competitive and cooperative experiences between two Android players that are close by each other, paving the way for mobile games to plant themselves as substantial offerings in the video game market. The feature is built into the Google Play Games API and is immediately available to developers who wish to take advantage of it.

Source: TechHive



Continued Global Rollout of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Announced by Apple

Category: Mobile
Posted: October 13, 2014 11:52AM
Author: Brentt Moore

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are currently available in 33 countries and territories around the world. Apple is looking to expand its reach even further, however, as the technology giant has announced that both versions of its latest flagship phone are coming to 36 more countries and territories by the end of October. 

Potential customers in China, India, and Monaco will be able to purchase the latest iPhone on October 17, while customers in Israel will have to wait until October 23. On October 24, consumers in the Czech Republic, French West Indies, Greenland, Malta, Poland, Reunion Island, and South Africa will have the ability to purchase the latest Apple smartphone, and on October 30, those is Bahrain and Kuwait will be able to do so as well. The largest rollout in this announcement occurs on October 31, with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus coming to Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Guam, Hungary, Iceland, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macau, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Thailand, and Ukraine.

According to Apple, the latest iPhone is on track to be available in 115 countries by the end of this year, which will officially make this the fastest iPhone rollout in the history of the iconic device.

Source: Press Release



Play Store 5.0 Released by Google

Category: Mobile
Posted: October 10, 2014 05:00AM
Author: Brentt Moore

In what seems like a trend for Google, after the company released updated versions of Google+ and Google Play Newsstand that brought enhanced user interfaces to the applications, the company has released version 5.0.31 of the Play Store. The latest update incorporates a brand new icon for the Play Store, new icons when selecting widgets to add to the home screen, and new notification icons, which all are based on the company’s material design. Google Play Store 5.0.31 also places the “What’s New” section closer to the top of the main application screen, allowing users to easily see what changes and fixes are included within the last update of any application.

Source: Android Police



Advertisements Are Coming to Snapchat

Category: Mobile
Posted: October 9, 2014 07:27PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Snapchat, a photo messaging application that allows users to send photos and videos to friends that are deleted after a set time limit, will soon introduce advertisements to its users. Evan Spiegel, the CEO of Snapchat, noted within a discussion with Katie Couric and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg that advertisements will be making their way to the messaging application soon. According to Spiegel, "We’re cutting through the new technology around ads to the core of it, which is telling a story." The advertisements that will make their way to Snapchat will be found within the Stories section of the application, not within its messaging service.

Source: Vanity Fair



Chromebooks Receive Update Targeted at Office Use

Category: Mobile
Posted: October 8, 2014 03:55PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Google has implemented a number of features, "specifically focused on improving identity, manageability, virtualization, performance and pricing," for the Chromebook that it believes will help to make the devices more appealing for business use cases. Single sign-on has been implemented with support for all major identity and credentials providers as well as multiple sign-in to allow for easy switching between personal and work accounts. Improved certificate management adds support for 802.1X EAP-TLS wireless and improved control for IT admins. Google has worked with Citrix and VMWare to help improve virtualization options and Citrix has already released a Citrix Receiver version optimized for Chromebooks. All of this and more will be available to customers at a cost of $50 per device per year.

Source: Google



iPhone 6 Prototype Receives Unbelievable Bids on eBay Auction

Category: Mobile
Posted: October 6, 2014 06:29AM
Author: Brentt Moore

The iPhone 6, which set a pre-order sales record for Apple after the technology company unveiled it early last month, has been sought after by millions of consumers across the world since its announcement. A Verizon customer located in Beverly Hills, California, seems to be the luckiest of all who ordered the iPhone 6, as they have received a prototype of the smartphone. Apparently the 64GB iPhone 6 prototype does not feature a model number or any FCC marks, features a red Lightning port, and is stuck in developer mode. With such a rare find, the Verizon customer placed the iPhone 6 prototype onto eBay four days ago with a starting bid of $999. Amazingly, the prototype version of the iPhone 6 currently has a bid amount of $86,100, and with the auction set to last another three days, that amount is sure to climb even higher.

Source: eBay and TweakTown



Google+ Receives an Updated User Interface

Category: Mobile
Posted: October 3, 2014 05:51PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Google recently released a new version of Google Play Newsstand that featured an updated user interface, and it looks like the technology giant is now doing the same with its social networking application, Google+. The latest update to Google+ for Android brings the much welcomed material design to the masses, which in the social networking application translates into a flatter design, polished menus, a simpler layout for photos, and a revised post button. Additional features contained within the update include the ability to cast a slideshow of links, photos, and videos shared to a user’s stream directly to a television, editing capabilities of Auto Awesome Movies on select devices, various bug fixes, and performance improvements.

The latest version of Google+ can be downloaded from the Google Play Store immediately.

Source: Droid Life


Google Play Newsstand Updated with a New User Interface

Category: Mobile
Posted: October 2, 2014 09:31AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Google has updated its Play Newsstand application for Android, which according to the search engine giant provides a wealth of news sources in one reading experience, including everything from online newspapers, websites, blogs, and print magazines. The latest update for the news application from Google brings in a fresh, new user interface that is based on Google’s material design. This design incorporates more contextual headers, smoother transitions, and larger images to improve how content is presented to users. Deeper topic cards have also been added thanks to the latest update, and a redesigned magazine reading experience that allows for toggling through a list of articles is also available.

Google Play Newsstand is currently available in 40 countries across the world, and users of the application will receive latest update over the next week.

Source: Official Android Blog



Dropbox for Android Updated

Category: Mobile
Posted: October 2, 2014 08:54AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Dropbox has released an important update to its Android application, allowing users of the service to transfer Dropbox files to an external SD card. With the feature being one of the most requested by users, it is obviously why Dropbox decided to implement it into its Android application. All types of files can be transferred to an SD card for offline use, such as meeting agendas, trip photos, and shopping lists. Users can utilize the newest feature by tapping the “Quick Action” button to the right of any file, selecting “More,” then “Export,” and finally tapping “Save to Device” and picking the external SD card. The latest update to the Dropbox Android application also includes faster search support and improved Android L support.

Source: Dropbox Blog



TiVo Launches TiVo Application for Android

Category: Mobile
Posted: September 30, 2014 09:48AM
Author: Brentt Moore

TiVo has officially launched the TiVo application for Android, which can be downloaded immediately from the Google Play store. The new application is marketed as an all-in-one solution that allows users to access content from a variety of sources, such as Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, and Netflix. Recorded and live television from over-the-air antenna broadcasts or cable television can be accessed through the TiVo Android application, and entertainment can be even viewed on the go. Users who begin watching television at home can continue to enjoy content on their mobile device throughout the day, all while away from home. The TiVo Android application can also allow mobile devices to double as a next-generation remote for the TiVo Roamio DVR.

Source: TiVo Blog



Apple iPhone 6 Plus is Experiencing Shipping Delays

Category: Mobile
Posted: September 20, 2014 09:25AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Apple recently announced the next generation of the iPhone, the iPhone 6, which was able to set a sales record for the company after four million phones were preordered by eager customers. Although iPhone 6 pre-orders were set to ship out yesterday, it has come to light that the iPhone 6 Plus is experiencing massive shipping delays. According to Verizon Wireless, iPhone 6 Plus orders will not ship out until October 24, 2014. AT&T has noted that it could not promise iPhone 6 Plus orders until November, while Sprint failed to provide a shipping timeline and T-Mobile simply stated that it would honor all preorders. Even the Apple retail store is currently listing a three to four week shipping timeframe, which seems to be the shortest of all delays announced.

As more orders come in for the iPhone 6 Plus, which seems to be the more popular model when compared to the iPhone 6, the delays will likely continue until additional units can be manufactured.

Source: PCWorld


Google Maps Now Supports 20 Additional Countries

Category: Mobile
Posted: September 20, 2014 04:30AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Google Maps, which provides Android and iOS users with free driving, walking, and bicycling directions, has announced that it has expanded to support 20 additional countries. The countries that are now able to use the navigation feature found within Google Maps, which still happens to be in beta, include Angola, Bahamas, Bolivia, Botswana, Fiji, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Malta, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Tobago, and Trinidad. While those residing in these countries will benefit the most from this announcement, travelers who visit these countries will also benefit from being able to find their way through areas that are unknown to them.

Source: Android Central



Apple Sets Record For iPhone Pre-orders

Category: Mobile
Posted: September 15, 2014 02:52PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Apple announced its latest version of the iPhone last week, and the device was made available for pre-order late last week. The pre-order has turned out to be the largest ever for an iPhone with four million phones ordered, eclipsing both the two million orders for the iPhone 5 and the initial supply of the devices available. Apple will begin shipping the phones on Friday but some users will have to wait until October to receive them. A number of phones will be available to purchase in store on Friday, but the number will surely be limited.

Source: Seattle Times



Google Extends Refund Window for Android Applications and Games

Category: Mobile
Posted: September 11, 2014 01:14PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Android users have long complained about the 15 minute window that they were given to request a refund for paid applications and games purchased from Google Play. Although Google has unofficially offered refunds past this 15 minute window, which has been in effect for quite some time, the technology giant never made any time extension official, until today. Google has updated its Google Play support page to reflect that it is now allowing Android users to request a refund for a paid application or game within two hours from the time of purchase. With games sometimes requiring additional files after purchase, the new two-hour time limit will more than likely be welcomed by virtually all Android users, especially those who were previously unable to request a refund within the 15 minute window.

Source: Android Central



Amazon Prime Instant Video Now Available on Android

Category: Mobile
Posted: September 9, 2014 12:32PM
Author: Brentt Moore

After months of waiting, Amazon has just made its Prime Instant Video service available to Android users. The news comes after Russell Morris, the marketing director at Amazon Instant Video, revealed this past July that the service would be released for the Google mobile operating system. Amazon has incorporated its video service into its core shopping application, allowing Android users who subscribe to Amazon Prime to download and utilize the Prime Instant Video player to watch movies and television shows on their mobile device. With the service finally available on Android phones, Amazon is ensuring that more customers than ever now have access to it.

The video player that allows Android users to use Amazon Prime Instant Video, which can be accessed immediately, is only available through the Amazon Appstore.

Source: Engadget


Apple Unveils the Highly Anticipated iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus; Shipping September 19

Category: Mobile
Posted: September 9, 2014 12:25PM
Author: ClayMeow


Apple held its live event today, with everyone expecting the official reveal of two iPhone 6 models, among other things. Indeed, Apple did unveil both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. Both phones use a 64-bit A8 processor, which is reportedly 50% more energy efficient and 25% more powerful than the A7 in the iPhone 5s. There's also a new M8 coprocessor to help better track activity levels. Unfortunately, those hoping for a beefier camera are out of luck. Both versions come with a mere 8mp iSight camera, though it does feature phase detecting auto-focus, similar to the technology in SLRs. In addition, the Plus contains optical image stabilization.

Both versions will also ship with iOS 8, which will be available to download for iPhone 4s and greater, iPad 2 and greater, and fifth-generation iPod touch beginning September 17. Included in iOS 8 is a newly announced payment processing app called Apple Pay, which uses NFC, Touch ID, and a Secure Element chip to keep your precious credit card info under lock and key, with the ability to suspend payments right from the phone if your card gets lost or stolen, without the need to make a phone call. NFC connectivity is new to both versions of iPhone 6, so it's unclear if the app will be usable by previous generations.

While there are a lot of similarities among the two versions, there are also quite a few differences. The major difference is of course in their size. The iPhone 6 is the 4.7" model with a 1334x750 Retina Display HD screen, coming in at just 6.99mm thick. The iPhone 6 Plus is the 5.5" model with a 1080p Retina Display HD screen, coming in at 7.1mm thick (still thinner than the iPhone 5s). The larger size of the Plus has presumably allowed for a much larger battery as indicated by the battery life numbers Apple revealed: four hours of 3G talk time for the 6, 24 hours for the Plus; ten days standby for the 6, 16 days for the Plus; and 11 hours of video for the 6, 14 hours for the Plus. That's a pretty substantial increase for the Plus model.

iPhone comparison

Both versions come in 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB flavors (no more 32GB). The iPhone 6 is priced at $199 (16GB), $299 (64GB), and $399 (128GB) with a two-year contract. The iPhone 6 Plus is priced at $299 (16GB), $399 (64GB), and $499 (128GB) with a two-year contract. Pre-orders will begin September 12, with units shipping September 19. Meanwhile, for those that wait for the new iPhones simply for the old ones to drop in price, the iPhone 5s will now start at $99 under contract, while the iPhone 5c will be free under contract.

Source: Engadget [1] & [2] & [3] & [4] & [5]




Sony Values Battery Life More Than Screen Resolution

Category: Mobile
Posted: September 5, 2014 01:37PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Although many Xperia owners were hoping that Sony would add a 2K display to the Z3, which is the successor to the Xperia Z2 that features a 1080p display, Sony decided that battery life is more important than screen resolution. According to Calum MacDougall, Sony’s Director of Xperia Marketing, a 1080p screen was used for the Xperia Z3 because Sony believes that battery life is key. Many of the latest smartphones fail to deliver decent battery life, but thanks to Sony maintaining a Full HD display, the battery within the Xperia Z3 is able to provide enough power for the phone to last two days. Besides battery life, MacDougall noted that Sony utilized a Full HD screen within the Xperia Z3 because humans seem to have a hard time discerning between a 2K display and a 1080p display on a device so small.

Source: Trusted Reviews



Facebook's Auto-play Video Feature Killing Phone Bills

Category: Mobile
Posted: September 3, 2014 01:15PM
Author: ClayMeow

If you're a smartphone user who doesn't have an unlimited data plan, but who loves to check Facebook constantly, you may want to keep reading. By default, videos in your Newsfeed play automatically when they get into view. This isn't much of a problem when browsing on a PC, but when browsing on your phone, such an action can quickly wrack up the data usage if you're on 3G/4G instead of Wi-Fi. Many mobile phone users have reported data overage charges and are blaming this Facebook feature, especially because of the influx of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos over the past couple months.

Thankfully, auto-play can be set to only activate when on Wi-Fi or even disabled completely. For iOS devices, go to Settings > Facebook > Settings, and then select either "Auto-play only on Wi-Fi" or "Off". For Android devices, go to your Facebook account Settings > App Settings, and then under General Settings select between those same two options.

According to MoneySavingExpert.com, users who feel they've been hit with unfair overage charges should contact their mobile provider explaining the situation and asking for a refund. "If this doesn't work, you can take your complaint to the Communications and Internet Services Adjudication Scheme (CISAS) or to the Ombudsman Services – which one depends on who your provider is signed up to."

Source: MoneySavingExpert



Best Buy Leaks Specs and Price of Moto 360 Smart Watch

Category: Mobile
Posted: August 18, 2014 04:32PM
Author: Nick Harezga

A product listing page over the weekend on the Best Buy website appears to have revealed the price and specifications of the upcoming Moto 360 Smart Watch. The watch was listed at $249, slightly above "less-fashionable square" offerings from Samsung and LG with prices of $199 and $229, respectively. According to the listing, Texas Instruments is making a return to mobile devices by providing the SoC that will power the Android based device. The listing also revealed that the watch will have a 1.5" 320x290 LCD, 512MB of RAM, a pedometer, and a heart rate sensor. Nothing more has been revealed, but a September 4 Motorola event could shed some more light on the device.

Source: Ars Technica



Windows Phone Store Now Contains More Than 300,000 Apps

Category: Mobile
Posted: August 9, 2014 08:51AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Microsoft has revealed within its latest statistical report that its Windows Phone Store now contains more than 300,000 applications that are available to download. While it was not revealed just how many applications have been developed by Microsoft and other large entities versus independent developers, the latest number signifies that Windows Phone is growing quickly as a platform. According to a Microsoft spokesperson, "In the past year alone the Windows and Windows Phone app catalog has grown 94 percent, while the number of active developers has grown by 50 percent." Just in the last six months alone, statistics have shown that 100,000 apps were uploaded to the Windows Phone Store.

Source: Microsoft by the Numbers and TWN



Verizon Wireless to Throttle Unlimited Data Plans

Category: Mobile
Posted: July 25, 2014 07:20PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Verizon Wireless has revealed that it will soon be throttling a limited number of customers that are currently on an unlimited data plan through an effort known as "Network Optimization." Customers of the wireless carrier will be limited in terms of their data connection speeds only if certain criteria are met, which helps reduce the total number of people that will experience data speed reductions. This criteria includes being within the top five percent of data users, being enrolled in an unlimited data plan or feature, having fulfilled the minimum contract term, and attempting to use data on a cell site that is experiencing high demand.

Verizon Wireless customers who are apart of other tiered data plans are not affected.

Source: Droid Life



Microsoft OneNote Now Available Through the Amazon Appstore for Android

Category: Mobile
Posted: July 24, 2014 06:01PM
Author: Brentt Moore

In recent years, Microsoft has been striving to make its Office suite available to as many users as possible, recognizing that the mobile market has continued to grow leaps and bounds. In an effort to capitalize on this, the technology giant has just made its OneNote application available on even more mobile devices than before, with the note-taking application now being offered on the Amazon Appstore for Android. While the latest available version of OneNote is not optimized for any specific Amazon devices, such as the Fire Phone, it is compatible with virtually all of Amazon’s mobile offerings since it is the same version that is currently available through the Google Play Store.

Source: ZDNet



Google Maps Updated to Version 8.2

Category: Mobile
Posted: July 18, 2014 08:49PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Google has just pushed an update for its Maps application for Android, bringing Google Maps to version 8.2. One of the major features of this latest version is the availability of elevation information for biking routes, allowing users to choose various paths based on elevation differences. Google has also incorporated new voice actions, such as estimated arrival time and when to make an upcoming turn. Users can even ask Google Maps questions involving these new voice actions during navigation mode. Another feature available in version 8.2 of Google Maps is My Places, which is accessible from the navigation menu and provides search history, saved places, and offline maps.

While Google has officially released version 8.2 of Google Maps, it will more than likely take a few days before most users have access to it since it is being rolled out in a staggered format.

Source: Greenbot


Amazon Plans to Launch Prime Instant Video for Android

Category: Mobile
Posted: July 17, 2014 09:49PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Amazon's Prime Instant Video service has been available for some time on various devices, including game consoles, smart televisions, tablets, and more. However, the service has not been available on any Android device since its initial offering to Prime subscribers. That is finally set to change as Russell Morris, marketing director at Amazon Instant Video, has revealed that a Prime Instant Video application is set to be released for Android soon. The upcoming release of an Android application will make Prime Instant Video available to even more users than ever, allowing it to compete better with Netflix.

While Amazon Prime Instant video is coming to Android devices soon, it is unknown if it will be available for both tablets and smartphones.

Source: PC Advisor



First Look at an Actual iPhone 6

Category: Mobile
Posted: July 17, 2014 08:04PM
Author: ClayMeow


Over the past few months, you may have come across various renders and prototypes of the two iPhone 6 models Apple has in the works. Renders and prototypes are great and all, but we here at OCC prefer the real thing. We have acquired the first images of an actual 4.7-inch iPhone 6, which you can find unaltered below. Aside from the thinner profile and rounded edges, it's pretty much what you'd expect from an iPhone. For obvious reasons, I cannot divulge our source, but what I will say is that it's from a case manufacturer and thus why said source had access to one.

Source: OCC Exclusive




Android Mirroring Now Available Through Chromecast

Category: Mobile
Posted: July 10, 2014 02:24PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Android screen mirroring for Chromecast, which allows Android users to broadcast their smartphone display onto a television that has Chromecast, is a feature that was promised at Google I/O last month. As of today, Google has announced that it has brought the feature to select handsets. Currently, Android screen mirroring for Chromecast is supported on the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 10, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S4 (Google Play Edition), Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Samsung Galaxy Note 10, HTC One M7, HTC One M7 (Google Play Edition), LG G3, LG G2, and LG G Pro 2. Users can begin screen mirroring by selecting the "Cast Screen" option through the navigation drawer within the Chromecast application.

While Google has provided the new feature to quite a bit of Android devices, the technology giant says that it will support even more devices in the near future.

Source: TechHive



AVAST Discovers Security Problem with Android Factory Reset

Category: Mobile
Posted: July 8, 2014 02:59PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Many smartphone users rely on the built-in factory reset option available through devices running the Android mobile operating system. AVAST has discovered that this widely popular choice for wiping a smartphone is quite ineffective at erasing critical data, which poses a security risk for users. According to AVAST, employees of the security company purchased 20 smartphones from eBay and used fairly generic off-the-shelf digital forensics software to restore data. The restored data from these 20 smartphones includes more than 40,000 photos, 750 emails and text messages, 250 contacts, and the identities of four previous owners of some of the devices. AVAST was even able to restore a fully completed loan application on one of the smartphones that it purchased for this research study.

Jude McColgan, the AVAST Mobile Division President, noted that most users think that they are doing a clean wipe and a factory install with the Android factory reset option, but are actually only wiping their smartphones at the application layer.

Source: CNET



Nexus Devices Are Here to Stay

Category: Mobile
Posted: June 27, 2014 08:46AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Although rumors have been circulating recently that hint at the demise of Nexus devices altogether, nothing could be further from the truth according to an Android official. Dave Burke, the head of Android engineering and the Nexus program at Google, noted that while more carrier-friendly phones will be coming out next year via the new Android Silver program, Nexus devices are here to stay. When the coding for a new Android version is being written by Google engineers, a separate team is busy designing a new Nexus device that is tweaked to take advantage of the latest Android features. These internal development stages are not set to end anytime soon and are taking place right now with the recent announcement of Android L.

David Burke noted that while people tend to get excited by new concepts and ideas that are being worked on by Google, the company itself is still invested in Nexus.

Source: ReadWrite



Sprint Rolls Out Nationwide HD Voice

Category: Mobile
Posted: June 24, 2014 08:43AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Sprint has announced nationwide availability of its HD Voice technology, which is supported on cellular phones that an estimated 16 million Sprint customers own and operate. The technology is supported on 33 prepaid phones and 28 postpaid phones that are currently offered by Sprint. Customers who are able to use Sprint HD Voice are greeted with a more natural-sounding voice as well as minimized background noises thanks to noise-cancelling technology.

In addition to this announcement, Sprint activated 28 more LTE markets which brings its nationwide 4G LTE coverage to 471 cities. Sprint Spark, the company’s enhanced LTE network that is designed to provide enhanced wireless capacity, coverage, and data speeds, was also activated in three new markets.

Source: Converge! Network Digest



Fire Phone Announced by Amazon

Category: Mobile
Posted: June 18, 2014 03:38PM
Author: Brentt Moore


Rumored for the last few months, with the first images appearing in April of this year, the Amazon phone has left customers patiently waiting for an official announcement. That announcement came today, as Amazon has revealed its latest technology offering that fits right in line with its current products like the Kindle Fire and the Fire TV. The Fire Phone features a quad-core 2.2GHz processor, Adreno 330 graphics, 2GB of RAM, a 4.7-inch IPS screen, and a 13MP rear-facing camera with image stabilization and an f2.0 lens. Also included in the hardware department are four infrared cameras that are mounted in the corners of the device, enabling the phone to track a user's head. This tracking enables the phone to provide 3D-like images, where users can look under various on-screen elements such as icons. Called Dynamic Perspective, the feature is meant to add depth to the mobile phone experience and is useful in situations like scrolling, where tilting the Fire Phone initiates automatic scrolling. Additionally, the popular Mayday service is available on the Fire Phone, offering free and live on-device tech support at any time with the press of a button.

The Fire Phone runs Fire OS 3.5.0, an Amazon-only operating system that is built atop Android. Fire OS offers a content-forward user interface, built-in media libraries, cloud services, and productivity applications. It seamlessly integrates digital content offered by Amazon while keeping overall performance a top priority. Another massive feature that is coming with the Fire Phone is what Amazon is calling Firefly, which can be accessed from a dedicated side button. This feature allows things such as phone numbers, games, books, movies, and more to be recognized by the phone’s camera. This enables the Fire Phone to display relevant information on detected items, and more importantly, allows users of the phone to buy items instantly that they see within their environment. Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, notes that Firefly can detect 100 million items and that the company will release an SDK for developers sometime in the future to expand its recognition capability.

Amazon's Fire Phone is an AT&T exclusive and is currently available for pre-order, costing customers $199 for the 32GB version with a two-year service agreement. Amazon is providing owners of the phone with one free year of Amazon Prime as well, sweetening the deal even more.

Source: TechCrunch



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