Yesterday Amazon announced the new Kindle Fire HDX tablets. The new versions of the Kindle tablet will be available in 7-inch and 8.9-inch sizes. The tablets have a 2GHz Qualcomm quad-core processor, HDX display (339ppi and 4 million pixels), and 100% sRGB color accuracy with dynamic image contrast. The tablets has the Amazon Fire operating system (version 3.0, known as “Mojito”). The tablet is one-third lighter than previous versions of the Kindle and it has a new “all-day battery” with 11 hours of mixed use and 17 hours of reading time.
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Earlier today, TechCrunch reported a rumor that Amazon is working on a $99 Kindle Fire HD which would have a 7-inch screen. TechCrunch’s source was an not cited. ”It’s not happening–we are already at the lowest price points possible for that hardware,” said Amazon in a statement.
The Amazon Appstore has recently announced that “app downloads in the Appstore have grown more than 500 percent over the previous year.” This is quite impressive considering that Amazon.com does not have a platform of their own for apps. They have essentially created a marketplace of Android apps called it the Amazon Appstore. A lot of that growth came from strong sales of the Amazon Kindle Fire line of tablets.
Amazon.com will be adding two new accessibility features on the Kindle Fire. The two new features are called Explore by Touch and Voice Guide. The features will be added to the 7-inch Kindle Fire and 7-inch Kindle Fire HD. These features already exist in Amazon.com’s larger tablets and will be added some time “early next year.”
Yesterday we wrote about how there will be no way to opt out of ads for “special offers” on the Kindle Fire HD. However Amazon.com just updated their terms about how you will be able to opt out of the ads. The price for doing so will be $15 for the life of the device.
After Amazon.com announced a new line of Kindle Fire tablets, it has been unknown whether the company would allow people to avoid seeing “Special Offer” promotions on the lock screens. An Amazon spokesperson has confirmed that there is not a system for disabling ads on new models of the Kindle Fire. This means that users cannot spend more up front for an ad-free version or pay to disable the ads after purchasing. Even the $499 8.9-inch model with LTE will include Special Offers.