Kindle app for Windows Phone 8 released

Amazon has just released the Windows Phone 8 version of its Kindle application today with support for realizable Live Tiles and most importantly improved performance when turning pages. As you can see above the new app also feature Kindle’s new logo which looks really nice on the start screen. Beware that you will have to uninstall your previous version of the application before installing the WP8 release if you want to get the software to load (a simple update won’t be enough).

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Microsoft and Nokia wanted to jointly bid to buy RIM

File this under the rumors/whispers tag but given the source it may very well be true. According to the Wall Street Journal’s sources, Microsoft and Nokia were thinking of a joint bid to acquire Research In Motion (RIM) a few months ago. Interestingly Amazon was also in talks to buy the Canadian company around the same time according to Reuters’ sources. The fact that Microsoft and Nokia were thinking of doing this reinforces the feeling that the Finnish mobile giant is definitely more than a simple Windows Phone OEM.

RIM is apparently in such a harsh situation that they have also approached HTC, Samsung and other OEMs to license their OS in hopes to gain back some traction in the smartphone market. As of right now nothing as drastic has happened and all talks are still taking places behind closed doors and thick curtains. RIM is now apparently trying to get itself out of the hole all by itself but the recent announcement of the BlackBerry 10 devices delay (end of 2012) isn’t really reassuring.

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Windows Phone 7 Amazon application updated with Barcode scanning feature and full Mango support

The official Amazon Mobile application for Windows Phone 7 has finally been updated/compiled for Mango today (v1.5) and now also includes the Barcode scanning feature that was first demonstrated during the MIX11 keynote in Las Vegas a several months ago.

* Scan It: use your device camera to scan a barcode to check prices and availability.
* Pin barcode scan to Live tile: From Start screen, click to instantly open barcode scan tool and search for products.
* Fast application switching: switch from Amazon Mobile to other apps then return to where you left off.
* We hate bugs as much as you do (so we fixed a bunch)

You can download it directly from here.

AmazonFresh mobile application exclusively released on Windows Phone 7

The official AmazonFresh application has just been released exclusively on Windows Phone 7 today. AmazonFresh is Amazon’s online grocery service which allow costumer to purchase food directly online and get it delivered to them. Unfortunately this service is currently limited to the greater Seattle area so if you aren’t located there then you will have no use for it. But if you are (then you are most probably also a Microsoft employee..) just head over here to download it.

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$25 Amazon Gift Card with Purchase of Windows Phone 7 handset

Amazon Wireless is running a promotion ending June 30th on their Windows Pone 7 catalog: If you buy a WP7 handsets between midnight, May 30, 2011, and 11:59 p.m. PDT, June 30, 2011 you will receive a $25 amazon.com Gift card. Four of the seven devices available are only priced at $0.01! Check them out after the break:

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Get the HTC Arrive and Samsung Focus for a penny

Amazon Wireless and Microsoft are rocking the Windows Phone 7 for a penny deal again this week this time with the HTC Arrive and Samsung Focus. So if you are still on the fence this may be your chance to jump into the Windows Phone 7  bandwagon especially now that we know about all the good stuff that Mango is going to bring to the table later this year. Just click on the links below to access the offers.

Amazon app for Windows Phone 7 released: Hands on video

Amazon has officially released its official Windows Phone 7 application today so I decided to take a quick look at it and shoot a video to show you how it looks like and performs (especially for those of you out of the US and who don’t seem to have access to it (the application is apparently dedicated to Amazon.com only). The first thing you’ll notice is that the performance is extremely good for a Windows Phone 7 application (they are known to be quite sluggish normally) but this isn’t surprising given the quality of the Amazon Kindle application that was released last month. Another bonus point for Amazon: it runs under the lock screen (yeah!). Anyway, check out the video after the break:

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Amazon Kindle for Windows Phone 7 review

It was just a few days ago that I was wondering when was Amazon going to launch the Kindle application for Windows Phone 7 given that the original press release stated that it will be out in the Marketplace before the end of the year. Well, it is finally  out now and free for you to download on your Windows Phone 7 device. So just head over here and grad while it’s hot and check out my hands-on video after the break:

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Kindle application for Windows Phone 7 announced

 

The Windows Phone 7 version of the Amazon Kindle eBook reader application has been officially announced and demonstrated a few minutes ago during the PDC10 keynote. As you can see in the pictures (or just wait forthe recorded webcast to check it out in action)The navigation is done using the famous panorama control UI and everyfeature you can expect from a Kindle app is present (you can for example share stuff with your contacts etc..). More Pictures and press release after the break:

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Kindle for Android is available

The Kindle application for Android was announced a little bit more than a month ago and today Amazon is proud to deliver the goodies. The Kindle application is now available on the Android Market. I’ll re-post all the application’s features after the break but note that it requires Android 1.6+ to work so grab the last ROM for you device before attempting to download it. The recently announced Samsung Vibrant will have  it pre-loaded:

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Kindle for Android coming soon


Amazon has just announced that the Kindle application is coming soon to Android. Here are the major feaure sna system requierements:

Read Kindle books on your Android phone

- Get the best reading experience available on your Android phone. No Kindle required
- Access your Kindle books even if you don’t have your Kindle with you
- Automatically synchronizes your last page read and annotations between devices with Whispersync
- Adjust the text size, add bookmarks, and view the annotations you created on your Kindle, computer, or other Kindle-compatible device
- Read in portrait or landscape mode
- Tap on either side of the screen or flick to turn pages

Shop for books in the Kindle Store optimized for your Android phone

- Buy a book from the Kindle Store optimized for your Android phone and get it auto-delivered wirelessly
- Search and browse more than 500,000 books, including more than 96 of 110 New York Times bestsellers. If you are a non-U.S. customer, book availability may vary
- Find New York Times® Best Sellers and new releases from $9.99
- Get free book samples. Read the beginning of books for free before you decide to buy
- Books you purchase can also be read on a Kindle, computer, or other Kindle-compatible mobile devices
- Kindle newspapers, magazines and blogs are currently not available on Kindle for Android

Technical Details

- Requires Android OS 1.6 or greater
- Requires an SD card
- Supports Droid Incredible, Google Nexus One, HTC MyTouch, Motorola CLIQ, Motorola Droid, and many more Android phones

With the release of the Android app this summer it would beintersting to see if Amazon announes a Windows Phone 7 this fall (it’s already available on the PC, Mac, iPhon, iPad, BlackBerry..).

Source: Amazon

Kindle For PC Beta available for download

Kindle For PC Beta
The Amazon Kindle application that was announced on October 22 is now finally availalbe for download for Windows 7, Vista & XP users. A Mac version is also expected soon.

With Kindle for PC, readers can take advantage of the following features:

- Purchase, download and read hundreds of thousands of books available in the Kindle Store
- Read the beginning of any book for free before they buy
- Access their library of previously purchased Kindle books stored on Amazon’s servers for free
- Read books in full color including children’s books, cookbooks, travel books, textbooks and graphic novels
- Choose from more than 10 different font sizes and adjust words per line
- Add and automatically synchronize bookmarks and last page read
- View notes and highlights marked on Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhone, and iPod touch
- Zoom in and out of text with a pinch of the fingers (Windows 7 users only)
- Turn pages with a finger swipe (available in a future release for Windows 7 users)

Now where are the Windows Mobile & Android versions?

Source: Amazon

HTC HD2 up for pre-oder at Amazon UK

HTC HD2 Amazon
Woops forgot to posed this yesterday, the mighty HTC HD2 is now up for pre-order over at Amazon UK for £549.99. According to the retailer, the device is due to be released on November 20th.

Source: Amazon via PowerUpMobile

Amazon Kindle for PC application with Windows 7 multi-touch support announced

Kindle For PC
Amazon just announced the availability of a Kindle application for the PC which also support multi-touch gestures in Windows 7:

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 22, 2009– Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced “Kindle for PC,” the free application that lets readers around the world enjoy Kindle books on their personal computers (PC). The U.S. Kindle Store (www.amazon.com/kindlestore) currently offers over 360,000 books, including New Releases and 101 of 112 New York Times Bestsellers, which are typically $9.99 or less. The Kindle Store is the only place to find some of the most popular books of today in digital format. Kindle books can now be read on the Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhone, iPod touch, and PC.

Kindle for PC features Amazon’s Whispersync technology that automatically saves and synchronizes bookmarks and last page read across devices. Whether you read Kindle books on a Kindle, Kindle DX, or one of the free Kindle applications, you can always have your reading with you and never lose your place. With Kindle for PC, you can read some on your PC, read some on your Kindle, and always pick up right where you left off. Whispersync helped make the Kindle for iPhone application the most popular books app in the Apple App Store.

“Kindle for PC is the perfect companion application for folks who own a Kindle or Kindle DX,” said Ian Freed, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. “Kindle for PC is also a great way for people around the world to read the most popular books of today even if they don’t yet have a Kindle.”

With Kindle for PC, readers can take advantage of the following features:

Purchase, download, and read hundreds of thousands of books available in the Kindle Store
Access their entire library of previously purchased Kindle books stored on Amazon’s servers for free
Choose from over 10 different font sizes and adjust words per line
Add and automatically synchronize bookmarks and last page read
View notes and highlights marked on Kindle and Kindle DX
Zoom in and out of text with a pinch of the fingers (Windows 7 users only)
Turn pages with a finger swipe (available in a future release for Windows 7 users)
Microsoft demonstrated Kindle for PC for the first time ever at the Windows 7 launch event today in New York City. “Customers have told us that they want access to a wider variety of content and an increasingly diverse set of form factors,” said Mike Nash, corporate vice president of Windows Platform Strategy at Microsoft. “With the announcement of Kindle for PC, Amazon is making its massive selection of Kindle books available on the world’s most widely used platform. The new Kindle for PC’s use of Windows 7 features such as Jump Lists and Windows Touch demonstrates how Windows 7 makes new things possible.”

Kindle for PC takes advantage of capabilities in the new Windows 7, including Windows Touch technology. In addition to Windows 7, Kindle for PC will also be compatible with Windows XP and Windows Vista. Kindle for PC will be available to customers around the world as a free download next month. Sign up to receive an email when Kindle for PC is available for download at http://www.amazon.com/KindleforPC .

Ironically a couples of days ago everybody laughed at Steve Ballmer for saying that PC’s are the best eBook readers (see here)
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Amazon offering the HTC Pure for free!

HTC Pure free (Small)
Well it’s not actualy free, it will cost you a penny! I don’t know how long it will last but Amazon is currently selling the AT&T HTC Pure windows mobile 6.5 smartphone for a pretty penny with a service plan. Head over here to grab it.

Source: Amazon via WMexperts & GearDiary