Amazon reportedly partnering with HTC to launch smartphones


The FT reports Amazon (AMZN -1.3%) is partnering with struggling HTC (HTCKF.OB) to bring a line of smartphones to market. A source claims one of three devices discussed by the companies is "at an advanced stage of development." But another cautions there's no guarantee the product will be released, and the paper adds a 2013 launch is unlikely.

TechCrunch reported earlier this month Amazon is working on two smartphones - a high-end model with four cameras and a 3D UI, and a low-end model with software similar to that found in Kindle Fire tablets.

Any Amazon smartphone would have to contend with both strong competition from Asian Android OEMs (particularly on the low-end), and (assuming Amazon once more uses its own OS and app store) a lack of access to the Google apps/services provided to other Android vendors.

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  • Bouchart
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    Just what we need are more smartphones. I''d be surprised if anyone who wants one hasn't bought one already.
    15 Oct 2013, 01:26 PM Reply Like
  • Gary J
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    Oh there's just a few billion left around the world.
    15 Oct 2013, 01:45 PM Reply Like
  • krk
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    Why would Amazon's smartphones vs. Apple's & Samsung's do any better than its Tablets did against these same competitors?
    15 Oct 2013, 02:47 PM Reply Like
  • Gary J
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    Why do they have to? HTC is doing the heavy lifting. And there will be a big old Amazon button on the home screen.
    15 Oct 2013, 03:19 PM Reply Like
  • HBDPA
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    Probably another money loser, but this is Amazon so it must be good.
    15 Oct 2013, 03:02 PM Reply Like
  • Tvaddic
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    HTC made the Facebook phone, and it went nowhere.
    15 Oct 2013, 04:36 PM Reply Like
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