Amazon to launch Kindle smartphone?

Amazon could reveal its first ever Kindle-branded smartphone alongside the Kindle Fire 2 later today

 

It seems that Amazon is ready to make a play for the smartphone market with an Android handset launched under the Kindle brand.

According to tech site The Verge: "Amazon is working on a smartphone that runs a variant of the Kindle Fire's Android-based operating system."

The new handset could make an appearance at an Amazon event in LA today, where it is supposed to be showing off its new tablet, the Kindle Fire 2. Whether the new tablet, or indeed any new smartphone will make it over to the UK is still unconfirmed.

The new Kindle smartphone could run a forked version of Ice Cream Sandwich which will mean no Google services from the get-go and navigation possibly handled by Nokia maps.

Either way, it's unlikely this new handset will look to compete with high-end smartphones like the Apple iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S3.

Judging from Amazon's previous successes with the likes of the Kindle ebook reader and first generation Kindle Fire, it will opt for an affordable alternative to the top-tier devices.

Source: The Verge

Comments

Be the first to comment…

Back to top
Close
T3 Newsletter
Sign up to recieve the T3 newsletters by entering your details below

Your Details

As you're registering with us. we'd like to think that you'd enjoy receiving the following emails; if you'd rather not receive them, please untick the boxes:

I would like to receive other emails from T3, Future Publishing Limited and it's group companies containing news, special offers and product information
I agree to the terms of use and privacy policy and confirm that I am over 16 years of age *
Close
Log in or Join

By clicking below you agree to our terms and conditions and our privacy policy

Log in to T3.com with your preferred social network

Log in with your T3.com account

CloseJoinPlease complete these additional details

Join T3.com with your preferred social network

OR

Join T3.com

Please tick this box to confirm you are 16 years old or over

Just so we know you're human

Newsletters

I would like to receive T3 email newsletters, packed full of the latest tech news, competitions and exclusive offers.

I would like to receive other emails from T3, Future Publishing Limited and its group companies containing news, special offers and product information.

I would like to receive offers from carefully selected third Parties. We will not share your data with the third party.

Close Edit your profile

Change your password

Newsletters

I would like to receive T3 email newsletters, packed full of the latest tech news, competitions and exclusive offers.

I would like to receive other emails from T3, Future Publishing Limited and its group companies containing news, special offers and product information.

I would like to receive offers from carefully selected third Parties. We will not share your data with the third party.

Social networks

You have authorised these social networks to interact with your T3.com account.

Please ensure you deactivate or revoke access to this website from within your social networks settings to ensure all permissions are removed.

Close Forgotten your password

Forgotten your password?

Please enter the email address that you used to sign up and we'll send you a new password

Close
Forgotten password
Don't have a T3 Account? Join now