Amazon working with HTC on new smartphone line?

Amazon working with HTC on new smartphone line?
The rumor that never dies is back, and this time it has added a partner. On Tuesday, the Financial Times reported that Amazon is indeed working on a smartphone line. This is a rumor that has been around for a couple of years, and every time it pops up, Amazon knocks it down like one of those "Whack-A-Mole" games you undoubtedly have encountered at some point in your life. One rumor called for Amazon to issue free phones to consumers while another had the company working on a smartphone with a 3D interface.

This time there is a major difference. Taiwan based manufacturer HTC is said to be working with the Kindle Fire producer on these new handsets. According to the Financial Times, the phone line wouldn't launch until 2014. When asked to comment on the rumors of an Amazon built smartphone, all the company would say is that it has "no plans to offer a phone this year." HTC's chief of marketing, Ben Ho, said that the company is "always exploring new opportunities."

Amazon is hoping that by adding phones to its hugely successful tablet line, it can bring more shoppers to its website. Amazon has actually become a tech manufacturer of note thanks to its line of Amazon Kindle Fire tablets. Using a forked version of Android, the slates have no Google apps. Amazon practically created the low-priced 7 inch Android tablet sector back in 2011. It is thought that while Amazon takes a loss on each slate sold, it makes it back by selling content, apps and cloud based storage.

HTC started life as a contract manufacturer of phones, producing the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 and the T-Mobile G1 among others. The company has become a manufacturer of handsets under its own name, although it has fallen on hard times and recently announced its first ever quarterly operating loss. Perhaps a return to its roots is what the company needs.


source: FinancialTimes via TechCrunch

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19 Comments

1. monkeytown

Posts: 125; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

for god´s sake, just let HTC finally die

4. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Ok I'm seeing, u don't have humanity. Help each other and make it world healthy.

12. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

HTC is making the world healthy? Lol that's a new one. Stop being a sentimentalist, they are in for the profits just like everybody else, and they suck at it right now. Amazon smartphone? Another stupid decisin for HTC only can blame themselves. Nobody's forcing them to pull these crap.

14. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

HTC went from one of the top android OEMs to one of the worst in a couple years.

17. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

??????????????????????????

16. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

Why would you ever, EVER want a company to die? That benefits the end consumer in no way. Especially with a company like HTC.

2. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

HTC still hasn't learned to quit tag teaming?! Beats by Dre- FAIL Native Facebook homescreen- FAIL Facebook button on HTC chacha.... cha- FAIL

3. JazzyLucey

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 08, 2013

Get out of here, you mad at them for trying?

8. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

No one is mad at them for trying. But if they really want to compete, build the best smartphone, with the most features, and actually LISTEN to what your customers WANT. You know, with support after the sale. Not leaving phones to die after you get your first 500. The one and one x are about the only ones to see any support after they were sold. Not to mention, as I've said before, the jetstream and flyer owners they screwed.

5. phones522

Posts: 94; Member since: Jan 27, 2010

Why is adding beats to a smartphone a fail? Yea they may not be the best quality speakers around but they have the best speakers on any phone.

9. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

HUH? Beats has nothing to do with the speakers, it's a software equalizer setting, and headphones. That's it.

15. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Lol if they were beats speakers your ears would bleed. Beats suck.

6. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

Amazon may buy HTC.

10. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

That would probably be a good thing. Maybe then HTC would listen to it's customers, like amazon does.

18. JC557

Posts: 1921; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I haven't been disappointed with any of the HTC phones on Verizon. They all gave me good - great call quality and talk times, decent to good battery life and cameras on par with the competition (even when viewed on the desktop screen). I also prefer Sense to the other UIs except Motorola's, Beats was a pretty useless addition though. The android camp is getting annoying. They advocate choice yet want every phone to have stock Android or bust or every phone be made by Samsung or bust. It's just stupid.

19. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 592; Member since: May 26, 2011

HTC was successful with Sense UI, the micro sd card expansion slot, user replaceable batteries and premium material built products. Offering products with poor battery life a few years ago wasn't that big of a deal. Nowadays the only thing HTC continues to offer that is of value to customers is Sense UI and premium material built products. That's just not enough in todays competitive market to have much success. HTC alone can't recover from the position they've put themselves in, but a major name like Amazon could definitely help get HTC back on track if Amazon can convince HTC to start giving customers what they want. I'd love to see HTC bounce back and help contribute to our competitive market.

7. pradeepreddy

Posts: 65; Member since: Apr 01, 2013

i think Amazon should buy BB mobile division, Amazon has Money & knows the current trend how to survive(Like they did in Tablet sales.)

11. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

I don't even understand were the animosity for HTC is coming from. So they tried different things. so what. They have not been as successful as they use to be but I do think they can bounce back. to wish death on a company damn. Yes I owned a diamond and something before that from them. I have not found an android handset that fits my needs the the ONE so maybe give them time

13. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Troll and shill that is all. HTC one has been one of the best phone of the year and they are the first to update their flagship to 4.3 but people still bash them for not updating themr phone. No one person went anyone companies to go bankrupt because it is bad for all of us.

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