Kindle Fire Edges Samsung Galaxy Tab and gets Hotmail app
I didn't think that very many people use hotmail accounts anymore, but apparently they do, enough, GMA News says, for Microsoft to announce the advantages of their new official Kindle Fire app:
In the Kindle Fire application, [Hotmail product management director] David Law said the new Hotmail app can sync all mail, contacts, folders, and subfolders via the more robust Exchange Active Sync protocol.
In contrast, he said the native Kindle application [the only option until now] simply downloads mail via POP3.
On the other hand, he said they had to tweak the app for Kindle Fire because it uses a different implementation of Android. '
GMA News added that "Law said the apps for iOS and Android benefit 12 million active Hotmail users on iOS and over three million active users of Android apps.
Kindle Fire, in first 2 months, edges past Samsung Galaxy Tab as most used Android tablet
GigaOM's Ryan Kim writes that according to analytics firm Flurry, The Kindle Fire, which wasn't even released until mid-November, had "35.7 percent of application user sessions."
The numbers compared usage in November and January, before and after the holiday season. The intriguing graphs are on the Flurry page. What's considered remarkable is that the Kindle Fire overtook the Galaxy Tab in such a very short time, despite "Galaxy Tab sessions increasing by more than 50%."
As reported by others, Android tablets have been growing aggressively suddenly, and the momentum has been identified as largely Kindle-Fire fueled.
The ratio of of "Top Paid Downloads":
Kindle, 2.53 and Galaxy Tab 1.00
It does seem to reflect Amazon's focus on the razor-razorblade model, with a very low-cost razor driving, of course, sales of razor blades (what else?). Flurry adds that this
"sheds light on why they [Amazon mgmt] embrace the end-user experience and the religious focus on making the sale of content compelling and easy. Further, it shows us why launching with an aggressive low price penetration strategy for their hardware, priced at $199, was critical to its strategy.
Amazon’s distribution model starts with its own roots: books, music and video (aka “BMV”). Through this move, Kindle Fire is changing the rules of engagement on the Android platform to shape the playing field into one where they, the consumer and the developer win. '
Well, let's hope so.
Watch those 5-star Accessories reviews !
TIME Magazine cites yesterday's NY Times article on VIP Deals ('Vipertek') giving customers rebates for writing reviews while saying it strives for 5-star ones.
I would add that a $10 case people liked when most cases were priced at $40 was likely also a factor, but the trend of buying reviews should be nipped fast.
Kindle Touch 3G Kindle Touch WiFi Kindle Basic (UK: KBasic) Kindle Fire
Kindle Keybd 3G (UK: Kindle Keybd 3G) K3 Special Offers K3-3G Special Offers DX
Check often: Temporarily-free recently published ones
Guide to finding Free Kindle books and Sources. Top 100 free bestsellers. Liked-books under $1
UK-Only: recently published free books, bestsellers, or £5 Max ones
Also, UK customers should see the UK store's Top 100 free bestsellers.
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