Amazon Fire Phone
Amazon’s Fire Phone lacks Bluetooth 4.0 LE at launch
One curious detail that emerged late last night after the debut of Amazon’s Fire Phone is the fact that it only supports Bluetooth 3.0—that means that the device won’t ship with compatibility with the Bluetooth 4.0 LE (low energy) standard that makes wearables work well with phones.
It’s an odd omission, but not a critical one, apparently. Amazon tells Mashable that the functionality will be patched into the device via a software update after launch. Still, considering all of the neat little features built into the device, it’s certainly a strange oversight.
PlayStation 4 digital pre-orders can now be pre-loaded
Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark
One of the big benefits of buying digital versions of big AAA console video games on the release date is that you don’t have to wait for daylight hours to hit the store and grab a copy—but when there’s a 30GB download staring you in the face, you might be better off just going to bed anyway.
Luckily, that’s about to change with PlayStation 4 games, or at least the most notable ones to start. Sony announced yesterday that digitally pre-ordered games can be downloaded to your console days before the release date, so they’ll be there and ready to unlock right at midnight upon launch.
Massive upcoming releases like Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Battlefield Hardline, and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End are all on the list, and next week’s film tie-in Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark will be the first to kick off the initiative. If it’s like most movie games, however, that might be one to hold off on pre-ordering before the reviews drop.