Amazon Prime is a service that lets you pay an annual fee to get free 2-day shipping and access to thousands of streaming movies, TV shows, eBooks, songs, eBooks, and other content.
Soon it could also include access to Android apps that would normally cost money. Or maybe Amazon plans to launch a standalone service separate from Prime that grants access to those apps. It’s not entirely clear. But a leaked Amazon presentation makes one thing clear: Amazon is working on a service called Unlocked which lets you install paid apps for free and which also lets you access all content that would normally require an in-app purchase free of charge.
- Amazon Unlocked could be like Prime for Android apps (and in-app purchases)
This could be a move to help convince more people to use the Amazon Appstore… in case the free app of the day Amazon already offers isn’t a good enough reason for you. If that’s true, there may be no charge at all. [TechCrunch]
- Amazon Prime Now expands, bringing 1-2 hour shipping to Baltimore, Miami
No leaks required for this one: Amazon has announced that its 1 hour delivery service is now available outside of New York City. [Amazon]
- Kubuntu turns 10 in April
Like Ubuntu, but hate the default desktop environment? KDE to the rescue. [LWN]
- Android Device Manager now available on Android Wear
Use your smartwatch to find your missing phone. [Google]
- Chrome Remote Desktop is now a full Chrome App, runs in a standalone window rather than a browser tab
You can add a shortcut to your taskbar, go fullscreen, open multiple instances, and generally treat the remote desktop app like an app rather than a browser tab. [+François Beaufort]
- HTC One M7 GPE gets Android 5.1 in April, other editions… we’ll see
So HTC’s Mo Versi responded to a question on Twitter the other day by saying that the company would be releasing an Android 5.1 software update for the 2013 HTC One M7 Google Play Edition phone… but not for the versions of the phone that feature HTC Sense software and are designed for use with wireless carriers. People didn’t seem to like that answer, and Versi followed up with a “stay tuned” message. [@moversei]