Mobile technology is changing by the minute; sometimes you just can’t catch it all. Here’s what you might have missed this week:
- Amazon delivered its long-rumored Fire Phone smartphone, which will run on Fire OS 3.5, Amazon’s forked version of Android which also runs on Kindle Fire tablets. AirWatch will provide same-day support for the new smartphone, which ships July 25. While the phone will grab consumers’ attention with Firefly visual recognition and the 3D interface Dynamic Perspective, Amazon is releasing APIs for both to app developers. Over the next few months, we could see a new class of enterprise apps arise that leverage the technologies. Amazon has released management APIs to AirWatch, so all those apps — and the device, too — will be able to be secured with AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management. For a full list of enterprise features Fire Phone will include, read the AirWatch blog post about Kindle Fire HD and HDX, which have the same features.
- Fire Phone isn’t the only phone that will have access to the Amazon Appstore. A new licensing agreement will bring the apps to BlackBerry devices this fall, according to a BlackBerry blog post.
- Intel is venturing into 3D mobile chat app, according to ComputerWorld. The chip maker’s addition to the mobile chat market can recognize facial expressions and translate them to an avatar, which the chatter on the other end sees. But don’t worry, Intel hasn’t lost sight of its key product.
- A source told Reuters this week that Taiwan’s Quanta plans to start mass production of Apple’s smartwatch in July. Other sources have predicted an October launch. Still others say the iWatch will include more than 10 health and fitness sensors.