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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)’s iPhone and handheld devices that run Google Inc. (GOOG)’s 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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Old 07-06-2012, 01:09 PM   #2
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Maybe, maybe not. With how many people gobbled up the Fire, it wouldn't surprise me to see an Amazon Ember® sell very well.
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Old 07-06-2012, 05:21 PM   #3
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they should really have a nice talk with Vizio about trying to launch a phone in the US and listen very carefully why Vizio decided against it
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Old 07-06-2012, 10:29 PM   #4
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I'm guessing an Amazon phone would probably be something similar to an HTC or Samsung phone -- android based and with a decent sized screen. However, I just don't see Amazon releasing a truly innovative phone with features like Apple's Suri. It's just not something I'm getting excited about.

However, I like RainingLemur's Amazon Ember® name. Very nice.
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Old 07-06-2012, 10:59 PM   #5
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Absolutely not. Prime is going to be irresistible.
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Old 07-06-2012, 11:10 PM   #6
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After their iPad Killer 'Fire' Amazon want to unleash an iPhone killer. Some people never learn, do they?
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Old 07-07-2012, 03:30 AM   #7
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What do you mean when you say "Never learn"? The Fire has been enormously successful.
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What do you mean when you say "Never learn"? The Fire has been enormously successful.
Hmmm. Can't see your tongue in cheek from here, but I'll assume that it firmly planted there.
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Old 07-07-2012, 04:43 AM   #9
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Hmmm. Can't see your tongue in cheek from here, but I'll assume that it firmly planted there.
No. The Fire has been a tremendous success. What makes you think otherwise? Amazon have said that the Fire has been their best-selling ever product.

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Old 07-07-2012, 05:16 AM   #10
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The Fire has been doing pretty good. Not Apple good, but still.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/25507...roup_says.html
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Thanks, VP. Interesting article.
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Old 07-07-2012, 05:34 AM   #12
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Maybe Amazon should just gobble up Nokia. They have all the technology but really missed on the paradigm shift to smartphones.
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Old 07-07-2012, 05:40 AM   #13
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Maybe Amazon should just gobble up Nokia. They have all the technology but really missed on the paradigm shift to smartphones.
Given that they already have an Android-based reading app, I would expect (if there's any truth in this rumour) an Android device.
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They don't have a Win8 reading app? Besides, if Amazon bought Nokia they would move it into the Android realm.
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The Kindle Fire is the #2 best selling tablet.

Fact or Fiction?

Ipad is #1 obviously. What's #2?
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