Amazon said to have a phone in the works

With its Kindle Fire tablet fresh out the door, could Amazon be quietly preparing a phone, as well? According to a Citigroup research note quoted by AllThingsD, that’s just what the company is doing.

The note says "supply chain checks" in Taiwan have revealed that Amazon has teamed up with F1H to develop the device, which is planned to hit the market in the fourth quarter of next year. Rumor has it the phone will feature a Texas Instruments OMAP 4 processor and cost around $150-170 to build. There’s no word on what operating system Amazon will use, though.

This prediction might sound a little far-fetched, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see it come to light. An Amazon phone could offer access to videos and e-books, but because of its small display, it may be better suited as a vehicle to promote Amazon’s MP3 music service—something the Kindle Fire and Kindle e-book readers aren’t designed to do. Also, various reports around the web have suggested that Amazon could make a bid for HP’s webOS division. If that happens, the online retailer could have an easier time getting into smartphones.

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    • derFunkenstein
    • 11 years ago

    for book burning?

    • BobbinThreadbare
    • 11 years ago

    They did that by making their own heavily customized version of Android.

    Buying WebOS would be literally just buying the name from a customers point of view.

    • ImSpartacus
    • 11 years ago

    That’s basically an Android 2.x device.

    • jpostel
    • 11 years ago

    Because 1. Amazon and Google are starting to look like competitors in the cloud media ecosystem and 2. Amazon would do it just for the patent protection from MS and Apple.

    • ew
    • 11 years ago

    Kindle Bunsen Burner and I’m sold!

    • destroy.all.monsters
    • 11 years ago

    Prodigy

    🙂

    • destroy.all.monsters
    • 11 years ago

    That’s all well and good – but last I checked hp wanted a substantial amount for the ruins of Palm. If they wanted to sell it for 10 mil or less I could see Amazon picking it up not otherwise.

    • dashbarron
    • 11 years ago

    TV= Kindle Glow?

    • dpaus
    • 11 years ago

    [quote<]Why buy webOS[/quote<] Because then you have a differentiating factor that you own and control, and you're no longer a 'me too' vendor. There are downsides, of course, but never underestimate the value of owning a strong product/brand differentiator.

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 11 years ago

    Because he said a brand name. Welcome to the internets, enjoy your stay!

    • adisor19
    • 11 years ago

    Why is he getting dug down ? He’s right. They are following in Apple’s steps. Good for them !

    Adi

    • Kollaps
    • 11 years ago

    Why buy webOS when you just customized Android for your tablet? Seems like a waste of cash.

    • Stargazer
    • 11 years ago

    Yeah, it did look kinda nice. 🙂

    Good name too, but I kinda doubt that Amazon will use it now…

    • dpaus
    • 11 years ago

    This gives a [i<]lot[/i<] more credence to the rumours of Amazon buying/licensing WebOS.

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 11 years ago

    Uh…because phones are the PC of the future, and therefore the content delivery system of the future?

    • entropy13
    • 11 years ago

    Kindlergarten?

    • nico1982
    • 11 years ago

    Lol, there’s a warning on the page too. And now that I think about it, I probably saw it back then too. Too bad, it is very sleek.

    • Stargazer
    • 11 years ago

    That was an April Fools joke from this year actually.

    I didn’t read it until much later than April Fools, so I didn’t immediately make the association. What kinda gave it away though was when they started talking about using a Mirasol display. Being a reflective display (think e-ink) this isn’t exactly the ideal choice for use in dark environments, which kinda limits the usefulness on a phone…

    • Game_boy
    • 11 years ago

    I /just/ figured out why Kindle Fire is an appropriate name. Thanks TR.

    • FuturePastNow
    • 11 years ago

    “Kindling”

    • nico1982
    • 11 years ago

    Other than the ugly button/d-pad at the bottom, looks quite decent (if true).

    How many mW could such a tiny solar panel supply? They’d better ditch the idea of an integrated unit and offer a larger, more useful panel as accessory. Even better if you can plug in a spare battery instead of just the phone.

    • jjj
    • 11 years ago

    The question is why would they create a phone? It’s not ideal to upset every phone maker around ,Amazon has no experience, a mid range phone can’t do very well in the US.
    It would make sense if Amazon had a much more advanced cloud service (real cloud not online storage BS) and/or if they would make/buy their own ISP/carrier. We shall see,but right now there is no reason for them to make a phone and Amazon is not stupid enough to do things without a compelling reason.

    • alphacheez
    • 11 years ago

    With the lead time to develop a smartphone, I’d say it would be irresponsible for amazon to not be looking into developing one yet. I’d like to see them use WebOS but I think they could get by with their own flavor of android as long as they’re willing to keep updating along with google’s releases, ICS etc.

    • ImSpartacus
    • 11 years ago

    3.7″ Kindle Match?

    4.3″ Kindle Lighter?

    I guess it’s plausible.

    And if they make a TV, they can call it the Kindle Bonfire. Maybe they could just start building entire houses and call them Kindle Forest Fires.

    • sweatshopking
    • 11 years ago

    it will, but tablets, and i have one, are poor listening devices. they’re too big to take jogging, and simply don’t get as much time playing tunes as my phone.

    • RickyTick
    • 11 years ago

    ” it may be better suited as a vehicle to promote Amazon’s MP3 music service—something the Kindle Fire and Kindle e-book readers aren’t designed to do”

    Maybe I’m wrong, but I thought the Fire would play MP3 music.

    • sweatshopking
    • 11 years ago

    If it’s android, f it. I’d look if it was wp7 or webos, but android? not a chance.

    • Jigar
    • 11 years ago

    Someone is following Apple here…

    • Stargazer
    • 11 years ago

    Will they call it “Blaze”?

    [url<]http://www.androidpolice.com/2011/04/01/exclusive-amazon-to-introduce-4-3-inch-dual-core-blaze-smartphone-this-summer-leak-pictures/[/url<]

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