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Amazon to Launch a Windows Phone?

November 18, 2011 3 Comments

I am completely shocked as I write this. First of all I was taken a bit back when I heard the news that Amazon is reportedly was working closely with Foxconn Technologies to make a mobile phone.

Taipei-based Kevin Chang, Citi’s hardware research analyst, believes Amazon will have a smartphone ready to be launched in the fourth quarter of 2012.

“We view this as the next logical step for Amazon,” explained Citi’s investment research analysts, “with the clear success of the Kindle e-Reader over the past 3 years, and Kindle Fire possibly succeeding in the low-priced tablet market […] we continue to believe Amazon has now set its eyes on the mobile (and tablet) media and product consumption frontier.”

After a bit of thinking, I thought to myself… oh ok this kind of makes sense. Then I read the next part of Forbes article.

Channel checks suggest the Amazon smartphone will have a 4-inch touch panel display, an 8 mega pixel camera, and adopt a Microsoft operating system.  The phone will probably run on a Texas Instruments OMAP4 processor and Qualcomm’s dual mode 6-series standalone baseband.

What? Amazon is rumored to be working on a Windows Phone? Doesn’t sound right since their new tablets are running on Android already but could Amazon be working on a Windows Phone?

 Only time will tell…

Source: Forbes via wmpu


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  • http://www.facebook.com/gadzgamz Ryan Gadz

    if true.. im very happy about amazon joining wp7… or would this be wp8?

    • http://www.alvinashcraft.com/ Alvin Ashcraft

      I agree with Ryan. Let’s turn this into an Amazon Windows 8 Phone rumor.  :)

      EDIT: Actually Ryan said WP8. I say let’s slap Windows 8 into that thing.

      • http://www.facebook.com/gadzgamz Ryan Gadz

        Microsoft said they could put win8 on it, but I doubt they will for the next release. Little benefits and added cost because it would require more ram than wp7 (wp8).  

        Silverlight and XNA don’t yet (and may never) work on the tablet version of win8, and since 99.9% of all apps and games are written that way (for wp7) I doubt they will change it soon.

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