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Old 07-06-2012, 01:01 PM   #1
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Amazon Said to Plan Smartphone to Vie With Apple IPhone

Looks like the next big move in the "battle of the screens" between Apple, Google, Amazon , and Microsoft:

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Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) is developing a smartphone that would vie with Apple Inc. (AAPL)ís iPhone and handheld devices that run Google Inc. (GOOG)ís Android operating system, two people with knowledge of the matter said. .

Seattle-based Amazon considered buying wireless patents from InterDigital Inc. before the King of Prussia, Pennsylvania- based company said in June that it will sell the assets to Intel Corp. for $375 million.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.

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.

.Foxconn International Holdings Ltd. (2038), the Chinese mobile- phone maker, is working with Amazon on the device, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans are private. Amazon is seeking to complement the smartphone strategy by acquiring patents that cover wireless technology and would help it defend against allegations of infringement, other people with knowledge of the matter said

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Well, what do you think? Is Amazon too late to the party?
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