Whilst recent reports adding to the growing rumours of an upcoming Amazon smartphone release have suggesting the retailer turn manufacturer is creating its first Android powered smartphone in collaboration with Foxconn.
Citing “people with knowledge of the matter,” Bloomberg last week claimed Amazon’s first smartphone device is to be pieced together by longstanding Apple partner Foxconn yet offered little else in relation to the size or specs of the expected Android handset.
The Wall Street Journal has now thrown its own reports into the mix suggesting Amazon has already begun testing its first Android filled handset with the currently mythical device to go into production later this month with a 4 to 5-inch display.
Looking to replicate the unparalleled success of its Amazon Kindle Fire tablet, the first Amazon smartphone has previously been tipped to launch later this year with the latest reports suggesting Amazon is currently licensing a selection of wireless patents in an attempt to avoid to ongoing infringement cases.
“Based on our supply chain channel checks in Asia led by Kevin Chang, Citi’s Taipei-based hardware research analyst, we believe an Amazon Smartphone will be launched in 4Q12,” a Citigroup analyst said late last year.
Replicating Apple’s closed platform approach, any Amazon handset is expected to mimic its 7-inch sibling, utilising the company’s own Android based app store, music service and iconic Kindle eBook store.
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