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This Week in Mobile: Kill Switch, FarmVille and the Amazon Phone

Weekly knowledge of the mobile industry so you can keep your finger on the pulse.

Here at Fueled, a design and development company based in New York and London, we are obsessed with everything that happens in mobile, be it rumors of iPhone hardware, delectable Android updates or new apps we love.

Every Friday, we’d like to help you top up your weekly knowledge of the mobile industry so you can keep your finger on the pulse.

Amazon Phone


BGR released exclusive images of an upcoming Amazon smartphone this week. After years of development, the flagship Amazon phone is expected boasts a custom 3D interface and will include distinctly Amazon features and technology. It will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and will include 2GB of RAM. The phone's display measures 4.7 inches. via BGR

Zynga Bets on Mobile


Yesterday, Zynga, creator of the mega popular desktop franchise FarmVille, released FarmVille 2: Country Escape on the iPhone, iPad and Android. This is the company's first foray into mobile. via USAToday

NYT Burns Dropbox


Last week, Dropbox introduced Carousel, a hotly anticipated mobile gallery app that organizes, shares and stores photos on iOS and Android devices. The app is classically Dropbox with its high speed and minimal design. This week, the New York Times released a scathing review, complaining that the app had "limited features" and a "pushy approach to sharing." via NYT

Mobile Kill Switch


After months of resistance, the smartphone industry is ready to introduce anti-theft technology. On Tuesday, major smartphone manufacturers and wireless companies announced that they would offer free anti-theft features on new smartphones produced after July 2015. Collectively, these features are known as a "kill switch" and would allow users to erase data on a stolen phone. via HuffPo Tech

iPhone Song ID Feature


Apple is planning to unveil a song discovery feature in an upcoming iOS mobile update. The software will allow users to identify a song and its artist using an iPhone or iPad. The company is working to develop the software with Shazam, a company whose technology is already widely used through its iOS app. Apple is set to preview the update, called iOS 8, at its annual developer conference on June 2. via Bloomberg

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