Amazon's Latest Attempt At Staking A Claim In The Device Market
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) may have started as a retailer that sells items produced by other manufacturers, but the company has slowly changed that by offering a number of goods and services that were produced in-house.
This year was particularly interesting for Amazon. In addition to its long-awaited smartphone, the company launched a competitor to Siri (built for the home, not a smartphone), a number of new tablets, two TV-connected devices and new e-readers.
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Echo is the newest product in the Amazon portfolio. It wasn't rumored, theorized or predicted by any blog. Instead, Amazon quietly announced the new voice recognition device without hosting a major event to promote its arrival.
Echo is like Siri for the home -- it can answer questions, play music, tell jokes, provide weather updates, etc.
There was a lot of hype behind Amazon's first smartphone. It started more than a year before its release when rumors claimed the retailer was ready to take on Apple.
No sales data has been reported, but the Fire Phone received a massive price cut not long after its release.
Fire TV And Fire TV Stick
The Fire TV was Amazon's first crack at the emerging set-top box market. Eyeing the success of Apple TV and other TV-connected devices, Amazon launched Fire TV with a unique feature: reliable voice search.
Like most Amazon products, no sales data has been released, but Amazon followed up its Fire TV with a Chromecast-style version that plugs right into the HDMI port of any TV.
Paperwhite is out and Kindle Voyage is in. The new tablet features a high-resolution display with 300 ppi, an adaptive front light that adjusts automatically, a thinner body and a new feature for turning pages.
All of this comes at a price, however: Kindle Voyage retails for $199.
The Fire HD is the slightly modified version of last year's line of Kindle Fire tablets. It includes a model for kids that sports a colorful case. Amazon also released a six-inch Fire HD for $99, launched a familiar seven-inch iteration for $139 and now pushes the old Fire HDX for $179. The Fire HDX 8.9, which has an improved display and graphics processor, sells for $379.
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