Amazon has recently decided to add four Android powered smartphone devices to its Amazon Prime Exclusive lineup, and the handsets are all from LG, including its flagship LG G6, the LG G6 Plus, the LG Q6, and the LG X Charge. And because they are on Amazon Prime Exclusive, the phones are expected to feature discounted prices.
Back in February earlier this year during the annual Mobile World Congress held in the beautiful city of Barcelona in Spain, Motorola had hinted that it had been busy experimenting with the idea of integrating Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant to its Moto smartphone devices, of course by way of a Moto Mod. Fast forwarding about eight months later and the phone maker is launching the new Moto Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa for the Moto Z.
During the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that was held back in January early this year, Asus had generated some buzz with the debut of its ZenFone AR smartphone. In the seven months since it was first unveiled, nobody quite really knew how much the Android powered phablet would cost. Well, those looking to purchase the device will be delighted to know that the handset can now be bought exclusively from the biggest wireless carrier in America.
As recently told by Amazon to CNET this week, the e-commerce giant has decided to suspend the sales of mobile devices made by Blu on its official website. The reason for the removal reportedly has something to do with a potential security issue. This decision from Amazon came after Kryptowire, a security firm, showed last week how Blu devices possess software that had the ability to gather potentially sensitive or private information, and transmit them to servers located in China, without the knowledge and permission of the owners of the handsets.
This week, Amazon is unveiling a new feature called Amazon Spark. Akin to Instagram’s use of shoppable images, Amazon Spark basically urges users to post photos of products they like, as well as ideas or stories. Apart from allowing people to react by posting comments or smiles, the feature also has a shopping functionality that can translate to purchases with just a single tap.
Last week, there was talk that Dish Network and Amazon were engaging in discussions for a potential partnership, a move that just might begin to challenge the dominance of the Big Four carriers in the United States (namely Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint) as well as those cable companies who are already entering into the wireless industry.
According to HMD Global, the Finnish tech company that is now producing new mobile devices under the Nokia brand, it will be releasing the Nokia 6 in the United States mobile market starting next month. The device, though, will not be sold through any wireless carrier, but through Amazon. The Android powered handset will be offered in color options of black or silver, and with a pricing of $229.
About a month ago, HTC had formally unveiled its latest flagship smartphone device, the HTC U11. The phone had generated some buzz not only with its impressive specifications, but also with is squeezable capabilities, which allows users to operate the handset by squeezing the device’s sides (more on this later). Well, the HTC U11 smartphone has officially launched in the United States mobile market, by way of major US wireless carrier Sprint, retail giant Amazon, and through HTC’s official online store (HTC.com).
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