Amazon launched Coins, a new virtual currency designed to drive purchases from its Appstore for Android.
The ambition to be a platform is a burning one right now. But not every company can be a platform, and not every company should try.
An Amazon smartphone could well be announced tomorrow. I really don't know. I have no insider insight into the company. But what I do know is that Amazon has very little chance of being successful in the smartphone market, if it does decide to enter the business. Here are five reasons Amazon would do well to let the rumors of an Amazon smartphone remain just that:
Amazon is expanding its popular X-Ray feature to television content available for download from its Amazon Instant Video service, enabling Kindle Fire HD tablet owners to delve deeper into their favorite programs.
Amazon is rolling out Send to Kindle Button, a new tool enabling consumers to transmit content directly from the Web to their Kindle device or Kindle-branded reading application.
AT&T began offering U-verse Internet customers the choice of a free Xbox 360, Kindle Fire, Nexus 7 Tablet or Sonos Play 3 media player if they add its U-verse TV or voice service to their subscriptions.
Amazon's long-rumored Kindle-branded Android smartphone is still in the pipeline but will not reach consumers until at least the third quarter of 2013 due to production snafus, according to a new report.
Consumers across the globe are on pace to download 56 billion smartphone applications in 2013, up from 32 billion a year ago, ABI Research forecasts.
Five years after Amazon launched its first Kindle e-reader device, founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said e-books are now "a multi-billion dollar category," with sales increasing 70 percent in 2012.
Amazon has acquired text-to-speech technology firm Ivona Software, which powers accessibility features optimized for its Kindle Fire tablets. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.