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Amazon's Kindle smartphone facing delays, to arrive after June

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Amazon's Kindle smartphone facing delays, to arrive after June
Sources at the "flat panel supply chain" have whispered that Amazon's much-rumored homebrew smartphone is facing delays. 

Amazon had apparently been expecting to end the Engineering Verification Test (EVT) stage this quarter, and put the wheels in motion for retail production in Q2, but the assembler Ensky Tech and Amazon have run into platform development issues, and are likely to out the handset after the initial June timeframe.

The production of Amazon's much-fanfared smartphone is still under its engineering verification test (EVT) period due to issues related to its mobile platform, the sources indicated, adding that the development of the smartphone is being handled by FIH's subsidiary Ensky Tech, which has been responsible for the production of Amazon's e-book readers and tablets.

If software is the culprit for the release delay, one can reasonably expect that Amazon is planning to produce a highly-customized version of it that will peddle its own services, the way things are set up with the Kindle Fire, for instance, and there is a good possibility the phone will be sold at cost or subsidized, so we'll keep an ear to the ground for any further developments about Amazon's eventual foray into the smartphone business.

source: Digitimes

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posted on 11 Mar 2013, 04:22 1

1. nikenturd (unregistered)

No Google Play? ... worthless.... i dont care how cheap /beautiful / cutting edge it is if its designed to make Amazon richer, its a no go for me

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 08:39

2. MC1123 (Posts: 1256; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

google play has tons of s**tty apps unlike what you can find on amazon app store! they are still google play apps/ android apps but just verified for safety on amazon app store...

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 12:39

3. menny07 (Posts: 89; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)

I'll pass thank you very much.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 17:12

4. MyJobSux (Posts: 106; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)

I agree that having the full Google Play market is a huge bonus for any Android device but there is a flip side to this also. Amazon has FreeTime with the Kindle Fire tables which limits the ability for children to download content outside what you allow or purchase new content or in-app content. Perhaps they will have similar features on the phone to allow parents to control what their teens are downloading and trying to buy on their devices. Would I want to purchase a phone without Google Play? No. Would I purchase a phone for my kids that I could have more control over what they downloaded and purchased? Yes. Hopefully this is a direction Amazon is looking at to offer with the devices.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 19:42

5. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)

Amazon is going to find out that people use phones for phones, not content consumption devices.

Good luck having a home screen with amazon advertisements instead of your next calendar appointment.

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