Amazon is rolling out Send to Kindle Button, a new tool enabling consumers to transmit content directly from the Web to their Kindle device or Kindle-branded reading application.
Amazon's long-rumored Kindle-branded Android smartphone is still in the pipeline but will not reach consumers until at least the third quarter of 2013 due to production snafus, according to a new report.
Consumers across the globe are on pace to download 56 billion smartphone applications in 2013, up from 32 billion a year ago, ABI Research forecasts.
Five years after Amazon launched its first Kindle e-reader device, founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said e-books are now "a multi-billion dollar category," with sales increasing 70 percent in 2012.
Amazon has acquired text-to-speech technology firm Ivona Software, which powers accessibility features optimized for its Kindle Fire tablets. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Apple's iPad experienced a sharp decline in Web traffic market share during the days immediately following the Christmas holiday according to data compiled by digital advertising network Chitika. The firm also reported gains for rival Android-powered tablets like Amazon's Kindle Fire and Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Tab.
Amazon is rolling out new push messaging capabilities enabling Kindle Fire application developers to alert their customers to software updates and new features.
Amazon's Appstore for Android is launching new A/B testing capabilities that will allow developers to simultaneously trial different versions of their applications and identify which features deliver the superior user experience.
Amazon unveiled its new Kindle FreeTime Unlimited service, which offers Kindle Fire tablet users all-you-can-eat access to books, games, educational apps, movies and television shows for children between the ages of 3 and 8.
Mobile traffic was a major catalyst behind the growth of online shopping on Black Friday 2012. According to IBM, 24 percent of consumers visited retailer sites from a mobile device, up from 14.3 percent on Black Friday 2011. In addition, mobile sales exceeded 16 percent, up from 9.8 percent a year earlier.