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HBO NOW already on Android, Amazon Fire devices

Network and cable TV entities have already accepted the reality that consumers are now more likely to watch their favorite programs not on standard TV sets but rather whenever they want to and wherever they are. So instead of lamenting the death of TV (which is actually a fallacy), they are now scrambling to be where the people are. HBO NOW, the cable network’s Internet only service, will now be available for Android devices and Amazon Fire tablets, and soon, for Chromecast, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV stick as well.

Cyanogenmod’s CM11 now ported for the Amazon Fire Phone

I’ve heard lots of people talk about the Amazon Fire Phone as a “pretty good phone if you consider the hardware”. And that it is – you can’t look at the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, HD display, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 (front and back) and say the hardware sucks – it most definitely does not. But everybody, and I mean everybody, will reach that point where Amazon’s proprietary Fire OS will trip them up. It’s simply that much far behind the stock Android experience that it renders itself pretty much as a bad experience. To counter that, the guys at XDA have ported CM11 for the Fire Phone.

Amazon Echo now compatible with Wink products

It took Amazon a while to release the Echo in the market but it's almost here a few weeks after pre-orders were accepted. The Siri and Google Now competitor is now listed on Amazon for $179.99, now ready for shipping. The Amazon Echo is one revolutionary product for the home. You can probably get the same service from other Android devices but it's a dedicated voice controlled virtual personal assistant for the home.

Official Amazon Cloud Drive app launched, read-only and no editing allowed

Finally, Amazon has launched a dedicated app for its Amazon Cloud Drive program. We don't know why it took the company a while to release this one but we're grateful that it's already here. Regular Amazon Cloud Drive users can now access their files right on their Android phones. This is just like any other of its cloud storage competitors as it provides easy access to documents, photos, videos, songs, and other important files with a few taps on the small mobile screen.

Amazon releases Free App of the Day Bundle for June worth over $50

Every month, those who are app hoarders probably look forward to Amazon's treat every month, where they give away a whole bunch of apps for Android devices for free. The Free App of the Day Bundle for June includes some that have been previously part of the deal, like the all-important AVG AntiVirusPro, and some that have been included for the first time like Simply Yoga, and games like Crazy Rocket.

D-Touch Doom emulator now available on Amazon Appstore

Doom is officially coming to Android. But even before it happens, someone was able to make an emulator to port the game into any Android device. The idea of Beloko Games' Doom emulator is for players who wish to port their copies to another device. It was pulled out from the Google Play Store for obvious reasons but it has already found its way to the Amazon Appstore. That's not surprising but there is a huge chance it will be pulled out as well.

Amazon now accepts pre-orders for Echo from non-Prime customers

Have you ever imagined Siri or Google Now outside of your smartphone and into a speaker? Well, that's exactly what Amazon Echo is. The voice digital assistant has been around since November of last year, but it was only limited for Amazon Prime customers. But now, everyone else in the world, or rather, just the US, can pre-order the device and enjoy ordering it around when you've connected it to your smartphone or any of the apps and services that supports the speaker.

Lollipop-based Amazon Fire OS 5 launched in developer preview

In terms of hardware, Amazon’s set of Android devices can actually compete, but they lag behind competitors primarily because of their approach to the software area of the devices. They use the heavily tweaked and proprietary Fire OS, a version of Android that does not allow for Google Play Store access. The software has continued to languish in KitKat land, but users should be relatively happy Amazon is now rolling out the Fire OS 5, albeit in a developer preview for now.
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