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

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.

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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