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.

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Top Rated Comments

miles01110 Avatar
157 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
157 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
157 months ago
Amazon could acquire RIM with spare change.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mad Mac Maniac Avatar
157 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
157 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
157 months ago
This would had been a good move some 4 years back...
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)