Rumor alert: Amazon has a smartphone to announce today

Rumor alert: Amazon has a smartphone to announce today
We've already heard from several sources that Amazon may be developing a smartphone of its own, and the information has now been confirmed by a trusted tipster for The Verge. What's more is that although the handset has not been finalized yet, according to the source, it might get publicly announced at the Amazon press event today, during which a couple of new Kindle Fire tablets will most likely be unveiled. 

The said Amazon smartphone will allegedly run a heavily modified version of Android, just like the current Amazon Kindle Fire does, meaning that it will lack the so-called pure Google experience, but will make up for it by being tightly integrated with the online retailer's ecosystem. Also, knowing how aggressively priced the Kindle Fire is, the company's smartphone might follow the same marketing strategy and launch at cost, although that is just a guess for now. It is also worth noting that instead of Google Maps, this rumored Amazon smartphone will get Nokia Maps, according to the source of today's rumor.

And that is pretty much all that was revealed. Whether any of the information is correct or not will likely become known in just a few short hours. The Amazon press conference starts at 10:30AM Pacific time, and rest assured that we'll be reporting all about it.

source: The Verge

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14 Comments

1. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

hope it has top specs otherwise this will flop....seriously

6. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

It's gonna be a good price tagg! At least that would anybody expect!

2. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

eh... an android with nokia maps.. that would be interesting.... but i still think amazon shouldn't rely on android!! eventhough android is free, but they should have their own operating system and let is ecosystem settle on the OS!!! i might get thumbs down..but i think amazon should buy symbian.. why? symbian is still capable and they could rename it!! so some new things to the upcoming belle fp2, and its really remarkable... and n8 running belle refresh-- it is truly breath taking, really impove the performance!! i think if nokia just made symbian belle 2 years ago, symbian might still be relevant... it got no problem running on single core processor and low ram!! so amazon should buy the OS or they could just make their own OS!! or better yet.. partner with RIM!!! because releasing an android phone with no android goodies and "TRUE GOOGLE EXPERIENCE" is just plain dumb! and what version of android gonna be? 2.3? hahahaha that will really make me laugh!

4. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

i gave a thumbs up for the long comment. couldnt read it fully

5. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

your pic is disctracting..

11. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

is that a good thing or bad thing?

14. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

both!

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

They use android due to its open source nature that bring loads of developers who are familiar with its development tools, timely bug fix and OS upgrade from Google. Its quite an investment if they were to maintance their own OS. The present of Amazon ecosystem prove to me that Google are truly committed to open source and walk the talk.

12. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

well, kindle fire cant be update right? so i think its not a catch... amazon has a big loads of money... so i think maintenance with is own OS wont be a problem...

3. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

If phone is based on Tegra3 and priced ~$250 (Nexus7 selling at 200)...then Amazon may have another best seller :)

7. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

Nokia Maps..? On a Android..? hmm.. wonder if its not a W8 phone.. that would be interesting.

8. Zayuh24

Posts: 149; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Let's hope Amazon DOES price this at a reasonable price, off contract for $250, just to change the game again. It makes no sense how the full retail of phones is more than tablets!

9. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

i say make it more than the tablet that way we can assume the specs are good!

13. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Well if its speced similar to the non HD Fire 2, then $250 for phone is a good price. But yea, ridiculous at cost of phones vs Tablets. Phones are cheaper to manufacture, but cost more. I guess they can get away with it due to carrier subsidies. And carriers do minimal subsidies on tablets due to the plans not being high revenue.

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