Amazon phone 'confirmed'; to be announced today?

The Amazon Android.

Alongside the widely expected announcement of an additional two Kindle Fire tablets, as well as a few unconfirmed hardware improvements, it seems Amazon is gearing up to take a slice of the smartphone market as well, with their own offering.

Unnamed sources confirmed to The Verge that Amazon will also be releasing their own phone with a modified version of Android, which is expected to be heavily influenced by the current Kindle Fire Android 4.0 variant. 

Due to the fact that it will be running a forked version of Android, Nokia Maps will ship with it, which sort of confirms Nokia stating they are going to be adding a "major" mapping partner soon. Not much else is known about the device, but the reportedly unfinished phone is expected to be shown off to the press today; The Verge also claims it won't be available for some time yet.

Source: The Verge

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So Amazon want to announce it so that they're not completely ignored in the deluge of new devices being announced over the next few weeks!

It's all good though - lots of competition is nice and healthy!

Nokia Maps?! I thought that was exclusive to Windows Phone? I'm not complaining, just abit shocked to hear Android (even though it's a spin off build) and Nokia in the same sentence.

Xerxes said,
Nokia Maps?! I thought that was exclusive to Windows Phone? I'm not complaining, just abit shocked to hear Android (even though it's a spin off build) and Nokia in the same sentence.

amazon has basically made their own OS using android as a base.

Xerxes said,
Nokia Maps?! I thought that was exclusive to Windows Phone? I'm not complaining, just abit shocked to hear Android (even though it's a spin off build) and Nokia in the same sentence.

Not that surprising really. Nokia bought Navtek a few years ago and they now claim to have a 75% market share of the in car navigation market. For example I believe the likes of Garmin and Tom Tom use these maps.
Also the maps are available on the web (like google or bing maps).

Just another piece of hardware Amazon will sell at a loss in order to make it up from their built-in marketplace. I doubt the original Fire has made them much if anything, how many have they even sold? I know they said they sold out but it just happened after it's been on sale for a good bit of time.

Neobond said,
It will probably be dirt cheap as well, might be a good move for them?

Having a cheap price tag would definitely help it, but sadly that comes with a serious stigma attached when it comes to Android phones. Most of the cheap phones lack developer communities. Definitely not the fault of Amazon or even Android per se, but it's still an issue. Realistically it's more so an issue for enthusiasts who actually use custom ROMs and such on their phones, I guess.

I don't know. I'm kind of torn on this. Lol