Bloomberg: Amazon developing smartphone

According to a new report by Bloomberg, Amazon is looking to enter the smartphone business to compete directly with Apple's iPhone. The company, which launched its Android-powered Kindle Fire tablet just last year, is reportedly again utilizing the Android operating system for the smartphone.

Bloomberg's sources claim Foxconn, an original equipment manufacturer which also develops Amazon's Kindle e-readers, will develop the phone. Additionally, Amazon is currently attempting to acquire wireless patents to defend itself against patent litigation from the likes of Apple and Microsoft, the report states. The two tech heavyweights have recently begun suing Android phone manufacturers for patent infringement relating to the Android operating system. Amazon has declined to comment on the report.

Amazon is widely expected to launch a two new tablets – a 7-inch tablet and 10.1-inch tablet – as successors to the current Kindle Fire in the coming months. In preparation for this move, the company is expected to lower the price of the current Kindle Fire by $50. Google recently announced its first tablet, the Nexus 7, through a partnership with Asus. The tablet takes aim at Amazon's Kindle Fire, which is the most popular Android tablet on the market.

Source: Bloomberg

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"Bloomberg's sources claim Foxconn, an original equipment manufacturer which also develops Amazon's Kindle e-readers and tablets, will develop the phone"

This doesn't even make sense Foxconn doesn't build the Kindle Fire Quanta does. Sounds pretty dubious if you ask me.

berserko said,
"Bloomberg's sources claim Foxconn, an original equipment manufacturer which also develops Amazon's Kindle e-readers and tablets, will develop the phone"

This doesn't even make sense Foxconn doesn't build the Kindle Fire Quanta does. Sounds pretty dubious if you ask me.


Thanks for the correction.

I'm interested. I have a prime membership and couldn't be happier with them. I passed on the 1st Kindle, but really hoping they do it right with v2.

Hahaiah said,
I'm interested. I have a prime membership and couldn't be happier with them. I passed on the 1st Kindle, but really hoping they do it right with v2.

why would you restrict yourself to just amazon when you can use Amazon and google offering with the nexus tablets. all you have to do is install amazon software in the android tablet... not to mention fire will never get the latest version of software except the bug fixes updates.

Why they hasn't done it sooner, I don't know. I wonder what version of android they'll fork for it.

LAMj said,
Why they hasn't done it sooner, I don't know. I wonder what version of android they'll fork for it.

They will probably put Android 2.3.3 since it's the most popular android still. With 64% install base.

Chica Ami said,

They will probably put Android 2.3.3 since it's the most popular android still. With 64% install base.

No they won't. Depending on the release date, it will either be ICS or JB.

Chica Ami said,

They will probably put Android 2.3.3 since it's the most popular android still. With 64% install base.

No.