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Amazon Fire Phone not on fire, revenue takes a hit

Amazon just made its earnings conference call today and things are not looking good for the retailer giant. The company reported a staggering third quarter loss of $544 million, compared to last year's loss of $25 million from the same quarter. And the culprit? Both surprisingly and unsurprisingly, it is the Fire Phone that is to blame, at least according to some company reps. The rather eccentric smartphone has apparently cost Amazon a $170 million writedown in addition to supplier commitment costs.

Amazon Fire Phone has improved battery life in new update

While Amazon’s first smartphone, the Fire Phone, may have underwhelmed those who were expecting something at par with its competitors in the market, it is considered a work in progress and may yet find its stride in later versions. An update the software of the current phone promises better battery life (a must for all devices now) as well as a slew of other new features that should please the early adaptors who already have gotten themselves the Fire Phone.

OneDrive now available on Kindle Fire and Fire phone

As Amazon continues to establish its prowess in the Android gadget market, Microsoft is making sure that their productivity services will also be available in those devices. They announced today that their cloud storage app OneDrive is also now available for both the Kindle Fire and the Fire phone, following the earlier rollout of the OneNote app for the Amazon devices.

AT&T now offers the Amazon Fire Phone, HTC Desire 610

AT&T has just added to Android smartphones to its lineup, now making available Amazon’s Fire Phone and the HTC Desire 610 to its subscribers under contract or without one. Please hold off on snarky comments on whether the Fire Phone is indeed an Android phone or not, but consumers should be relatively glad that they are getting variety in their choices, not to mention the phone being sold in more places other than Amazon.

OneNote makes its way to Amazon Android devices

OneNote may not be as popular anymore as other note-taking apps like Evernote and SimpleNote, but no one can say it’s giving up the fight. True to its promise of trying to bring its functionality across all platforms and devices, Microsoft announced that the app will now be available at the Amazon Appstore for Android. Meaning OneNote is now coming for your Kindle Fire and the new Fire phone.

Amazon releases Wallet app in beta version

Amazon has released – in a rare simultaneous event – in its own app store and the Google Play Store the Amazon Wallet app that upon close inspections seems to let you do everything Google Wallet can do, minus the added features that Google has. In its defense, it is still in beta, so you would hope that the final app would be so much better.

Amazon Fire Phone games put Dynamic Perspective to work

The Fire Phone's fancy Dynamic Perspective feature may have left some scratching their heads trying to make sense of its utility and practicality, but it is a control system that is just begging to be used in games. It isn't surprising, then, to hear that Amazon Game Studios has two new games in store that takes advantage of this head-tilting mechanism to put a literal twist to some conventional themes.
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