Amazon launches developer tools for Alexa gaming

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Amazon wants to improve Alexa's gaming prowess by introducing a new set of tools which makes it easier for developers to build related experiences. 

The impressive voice assistant has gone from strength-to-strength and is often seen as the leading AI for the smart home thanks to integrations with third party devices – the result of a burgeoning developer scene for Amazon's bestselling Echo device which features Alexa for interactions. 

Whilst most voice...

By Ryan Daws, 03 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Development Tools, Gaming.

Amazon launches Dash-based programmable IoT button – sells out within a day

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AWS (Amazon Web Services) is popular, the IoT is hot, and when you combine the two in a product for developers it sells out within a day. 

Based on the single button 'Dash' hardware by Amazon – which has been used in the past to order items with a button press – the AWS IoT version is a "Limited Release Programmable Dash Button" for developers to get started with AWS IoT, AWS Lambda, Amazon...

By Ryan Daws, 17 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Cloud, Devices, Hacking, IoT.

Alliance for Open Media will deliver next-generation media formats

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The web is based on a collection of standards which even Apple knows must be open in order to thrive. Several high-profile technology companies have formed a new alliance to create the next-generation of media streaming formats. 

Heavyweights including Netflix, Google, Amazon, Intel, Mozilla, Cisco, Microsoft, and more have partnered for the 'Alliance for Open Media' which hopes to...

By Ryan Daws, 02 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, HTML5, Industry, Windows.

Sky is the limit with Amazon's Cloud Drive API

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Amazon's Cloud Drive API allows third-party developers to integrate the company's storage solution into their applications for users to do more with the masses of files placed into Amazon Web Services' vast amount of global servers.

The API is REST and provides the ability to create, read, and update documents in a Cloud Drive user's...

By Ryan Daws, 04 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, API, Cloud.

Google Play outpaces iOS' App Store for third year

Android holds the largest smartphone marketshare around the world, and therefore marks an important platform for developers to reach the biggest audience possible. The app store which accompanies Google's mobile OS has seen meteoric growth, but has trailed behind Apple's iOS in submitted apps due to its later launch.

The latest report from appFigures points towards a change of tides...

By Ryan Daws, 13 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Android, App Stores, Ecosystem, iOS, Platforms.

Amazon’s acquisition of Twitch puts a huge marker on the e-sports market

Late last night, it was reported that Amazon had bought video game streaming provider Twitch for a total of $970m (£585m) in cash, having beaten rivals Google and Yahoo to the punch.

The deal represents the biggest in Amazon’s history, according to Simply Business, ahead of the retail giant’s $928m buyout of Zappos in 2009. According to Geekwire’s analysis, Amazon is paying approximately $17.60 per Twitch user, compared to online shoe retailer Zappos’ $206 per user valuation.

Twitch confirmed...

By James Bourne, 26 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon.

Opinion: Why has Google Glass pioneer Babak Parviz jumped ship to Amazon?

Amazon started off selling books from a garage and quickly grew to become the world's largest retailer and the industry leader when it comes to the Cloud. If I was to describe Amazon, I'd say the company has a mix of the traits of their closest competitors.

These traits include; Microsoft's ambition, Google's craziness, and Apple's ability to approach things differently.

Mobile devices are an arena in which Amazon is only just starting to move into; and cautiously. The recently-announced 'Fire Phone' has been...

By Ryan Daws, 18 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Android, Devices, Platforms.

Opinion: Amazon's "Fire Phone" burns creators, feeds consumers

Rather than teaching the next-generation to create, we're teaching them to consume. Amazon unveiled its anticipated Fire Phone yesterday and the company has removed almost all of Android's productive abilities and replaced them with the ability to easily buy and consume Amazon content. It really solidifies the viewpoint.

One of the key features of the Fire Phone is 'Firefly' where you can point at almost any object with the device's camera in order to purchase it. This is an impressive feat of technology, but...

By Ryan Daws, 19 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Android, App Stores, Devices, Platforms.

Amazon apps go global: Distribution expanded internationally

It's been announced that Amazon will be expanding their Appstore to include app distribution in several new countries. The Amazon Appstore for Android launches have previously included the UK, Japan, France, Spain, Italy and Germany and, while already a huge market, almost 200 more countries will be added to the distribution list, meaning that developers will be able to submit their apps more or less globally, reaching a whole new group of international customers.

Which Countries Are Being Included And When?...

By Ampheon, 03 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, App Stores, Development Tools, Monetisation.

Amazon blazes forward with new FireOS and Kindle HD(X) devices

As a business which profits from content; Amazon, like Google, want their services in as many hands as possible – that’s why the companies sell subsidized devices such as the ‘Kindle’ and ‘Nexus’ lines (respectively) at a great value accessible to most.

Over the holiday launch period in late-2011; the original Kindle Fire HD shipped 1.2 million devices, placing the tablet in third place behind hardware heavyweights Apple and Samsung – gradually slipping as the gift...

By Ryan Daws, 25 September 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, Devices, Enterprise, Platforms.

Amazon’s API update offers innovative monetisation

Whilst Amazon is getting more immersed into their own hardware, software, and incredible cloud capabilities; at their forefront – the company is still the world’s largest online retailer.

This brings unique advantages in what the company can offer to not only consumers, but also developers...

The firm is expanding its advertising opportunities through the launch of its Mobile Associates API. This addition to Amazon’s portfolio will be available across their own products including the Kindle...

By Ryan Daws, 28 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Amazon, Development Tools, Monetisation.

Amazon Web Services can Push your users a million times a month

Our favourite online bookstore (they still do books, right?) has expanded its popular Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform to include a unified alerts system for their Simple Notification Service.

Providing the ability to send push notifications to multiple devices simultaneously – even cross platform on; Android, iOS, and Kindle Fire hardware. This latest update is available to all current AWS customers at no extra cost.

Starting at this level contains support for handling up to one million notifications...

By Ryan Daws, 13 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Cloud, Development Tools.

Amazon introduces Python integration to its AWS Beanstalk

The Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic Beanstalk can now run Python apps, an Amazon blog post has confirmed.

“It’s a good day to be a Python developer”, the Amazon blog opines.

Amazon Elastic Beanstalk – which was created in order for greater convenience in deploying and managing applications in AWS – already supported PHP, Java, and .NET, but the decision to go quadrilingual will undoubtedly please Python devs.

The move to Python will also help integrate support for Django and Flask applications, with...

By James Bourne, 20 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Development Tools, Industry, Java.

Will Amazon's in-app purchasing API entice developers?

Amazon has rolled out its in-app purchasing API and subscription functionality for Kindle Fire and Android developers.

The new API will allow developers to offer digital content and subscriptions--such as in-game currency, expansion packs, upgrades, and magazine issues--for purchase within apps. Amazon will take a classic 30% cut of revenues.

The announcement will be welcomed by developers who, a year after the launch of Amazon App Store which runs on the new Kindle Fire and Android devices, have found...

By Matt Henkes, 10 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Android, App Stores, Development Tools, Monetisation.

Kindle Fire software update coming in less than two weeks

In the wake of user complaints about web browsing speeds and other performance issues, Amazon has told the New York Times that it will be releasing a software update for the Kindle Fire “in less than two weeks.”

That timeframe would put this new software update about a month after the 6.2 update released at the end of November.

The improvements will include performance updates and (finally) the ability to edit the list of recently used items on the home-screen carousel.

A tipster has also informed...

By 3Squared, 13 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Devices.

Amazon 'Kindle Phone' could be released in late 2012

Amazon may develop its own smartphone after the recent success of its Kindle devices, which could be launched by 2012.

According to a report by research firm Citigroup, Amazon have asked Taipei-based company, Foxconn, to help make the smartphone. Foxconn has previously working with Apple to develop its iPhone device.

The smartphone will use Texas Instrument’s OMAP 4 processor, which is also used for the Kindle Fire tablet, it's been...

By Dani Millward, 21 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Development Tools, Devices, Industry.

Amazon Fire will Restrict In-App Purchasing

Developers of Android apps for the upcoming Kindle Fire will have to live within Amazon’s more closed idea of the Google mobile operating system.

Early indications are that Amazon will be carefully reviewing the apps that make it onto the Kindle Fire and will also ensure that it gets a piece from any revenue streams that come through the apps. While Fire will be running the Android OS, the Amazon interface will restrict users to apps within the company’s own apps store.

Late last week Amazon...

By 3Squared, 10 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Development Tools, Devices, Monetisation.