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Amazon smartphone still on the way; currently known inside Amazon as Project Aria

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Amazon smartphone still on the way; currently known inside Amazon as Project Aria
Last year, we heard a number of different rumors about an Amazon branded smartphone. According to one report, HTC would be going back to its early days as a contract ma[nufacturer to build this handset for Amazon. (For those of you who didn't know, HTC was the company behind the first Android handset, the T-Mobile G1, the Sony Ericsson Xperia 1 and was also responsible for the Nexus One). The report, based on a confidential document written by one of Amazon's partners, also stated that this phone won't see the light of day until sometime in 2014, which means that this model could still be released this year.

According to Saturday's report, the Amazon phone is known inside the company as Project Aria and will most likely employ the same forked version of Android that is employed on the company's Kindle Fire slates. That means no Google services or Google branded applications. Amazon even has its own appstore on its tablets, which would certainly be used with the phone.

The report, which was published today, states that the Amazon phone would be launched later this year in the US., Europe, Asia and Latin America. It goes on to add that Amazon has been in talks about getting its handset distributed by one or more of the major U.S. carriers.

source: TheInformation via MobileSyrup

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posted on 15 Mar 2014, 11:57 3

1. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


This info was posted two days ago on "TheInformation" website. Gotta be quicker with getting the stories out there, phonearena via mobilesyrup. I am, however, interested to see how Amazon's handset will turn out.

posted on 15 Mar 2014, 15:26

5. Sauce (unregistered)


Exactly. Most iPhone articles I read have already been posted on www.idownloadblog.com days in advance lol, as well as other like Samsung/smartphone articles and their respective websites.

posted on 15 Mar 2014, 12:01 1

2. baldilocks (Posts: 541; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


There was an HTC Aria on AT&T a few years ago. ;)

posted on 15 Mar 2014, 15:13 1

3. steelew (Posts: 69; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)


Hopefully its not that phone, I just looked it up and...NO THANKS!

posted on 15 Mar 2014, 15:21 1

4. Nine1Sickness (Posts: 57; Member since: 30 Jan 2011)


"Includes Special Offers" no thank you Amazon.

posted on 15 Mar 2014, 15:29

6. Sauce (unregistered)


It'd be cool if Amazon offered exclusive deals to "Aria" phone users only.

For example, 30% off said category, free shipping, etc..

posted on 15 Mar 2014, 18:56

7. Nine1Sickness (Posts: 57; Member since: 30 Jan 2011)


If they would do that, they would've done so on all of their kindles already.

posted on 15 Mar 2014, 19:23

8. Sauce (unregistered)


Or their vision could consist of them taking a good amount of the phone industry.

posted on 15 Mar 2014, 22:50

9. o0Exia0o (Posts: 428; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


SOO..... I thank that some one has their infromation messed up. The first amazon smartphone just happens to share its internal name with a Google project? Namely Google's Project ARIA the modular phone concept that will also see the light of day in 2014 as a developer eddition! I find this artical questionable!

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 05:56

10. RandomUsername (Posts: 531; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


The Google one is named Ara, but still, a coincidence?

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