Rumors by Dan Seifert on Friday July 06, 2012.
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According to a report from Bloomberg, Amazon is planning to release a smartphone device that will join its existing Kindle Fire tablet. The supposed smartphone would be based on Android and would go head-to-head with Apple's iPhone and Google's own Android devices.
Allegedly, Foxconn, the same company that produces many consumer electronics for companies like Apple and HP, is working with Amazon on the new device. Bloomberg's sources say that Amazon has been acquiring patents that cover wireless technologies so that it won't be sued for infringement by other companies when its smartphone is released.
Unfortunately, Bloomberg does not provide a time line for when the supposed Amazon smartphone is expected to be released. Amazon has seen quite a bit of success with its Kindle Fire tablet, which runs a heavily customized version of Android, so it wouldn't be too far-fetched to think that the online retail giant would also try its hand at smartphones. Of course, the smartphone market is very different than the tablet market thanks to the involvement of wireless carriers, so we will have to see how this plays out for Amazon.via: The Verge