Amazon Planning to Take on Apple in Smartphone Market

amazon logoBloomberg reports that Amazon is currently working with Foxconn on a new smartphone product, one that would compete head-to-head with the iPhone and Android devices.

A smartphone would give Amazon a wider range of low-priced hardware devices that bolster its strategy of making money from digital books, songs and movies. It would help Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos -- who made a foray into tablets with the Kindle Fire -- carve out a slice of the market for advanced wireless handsets.

Amazon is also said to be looking to acquire a portfolio of wireless technology patents that would help it stand up to competitors in the market.

Amazon has already generated a considerable amount of interest with its Kindle Fire tablet, a heavily-customized Android device launched late last year. By adding a smartphone to the mix, Amazon would have mobile devices in several different form factors to help spur consumption of the company's extensive library of digital content.

Top Rated Comments

miles01110 Avatar
129 months ago
Amazon should stick to two things on the consumer side: eBooks and selling other people's stuff.
Score: 40 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MacDawg Avatar
129 months ago
One word: Competition, my dear friends, competition.

Always a good thing.:apple:

It has to be a viable alternative in order to be considered healthy competition
That remains to be seen
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MarkNY Avatar
129 months ago
Amazon could acquire RIM with spare change.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mad Mac Maniac Avatar
129 months ago
I don't see this gaining any traction. But an interesting move none-the-less

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Please, please, please use Android.... we don't need any more new OS for phones right now.

of course they will use android. A heavily modded version like their Fire
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
taltal Avatar
129 months ago
As a matter of fact, I don't think there will be such a thing as a Smartphone Market in a few years. There will be smaller or larger tablets equipped with 4G/LTE internet and Voice over IP numbers.

Phone is going to be just one of several communication apps on the device.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CodeBreaker Avatar
129 months ago
This would had been a good move some 4 years back...
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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