Episode 63 – Earth, Wind and Kindle Fire?
Jere and Guru talk Kindle Fire and more
- Amazon launches the Kindle Fire, a new $199 Android 2.3 tablet. Estimates are that amazon will lose $10-50 per tablet
- Kindle Fire – Launching November 15, 7″ touchscreen, 8 hour battery life, etc.
- No Google Apps, no Android Market.
- Amazon Silk, new browser that uses Amazon cloud services to optimize delivery.
- Platform News
- Google launches 3D preview feature of your map route(helicopter view).
- Google accuses Microsoft of extortion…Microsoft accuses them of whining.
- DOJ document reveals AT&T holds onto text message details for 5-7 years. Verizon only holds onto it for 1 year, but is the only carrier that holds the actual text for 3-5 days.
- The Top 50 Android apps take up 60-65 percent of smartphone users’ time, but those top 50 are in constant flux. 11 of the top 50 swapped out in the last 3 months.
- Sprint customers to get hotspot data cap of 5GB
- Verizon is allegedly working on a Droid Loyalty program.
- Android Police reports on massive security vulnerability in HTC devices. Due to modifications by HTC, apps can gain access to a variety of unsecured data, there is a VNC server present,
- App News
- AppBrain is back with social app discovery (Market Link)
- SwiftKey X update, supports blog and RSS learning, a heatmap to show how accurately you type on your keyboard, a new stats panel, etc. (Market Link)
- OnTheFly 1.2 released, ITA’s global flight shopping app(Market Link)
- Hipmunk launches Android app. Hipmunk is a flight search service. (Market Link)
- Foursquare Updated, now includes lists and friend sorting. (Market Link)
- Smartr Contacts – Beta by Xobni – attempts to link all of your contacts in a smarter way. (Market Link)`
- Flickr for Android released, (Market Link)