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Rumor: Amazon to Unveil First Smartphone at Tomorrow’s Kindle Event

According to multiple sources that spoke to The Verge, Amazon may unveil its first ever smartphone alongside its new Kindle Fire at an event tomorrow. Their sources claim that the smartphone will run a forked version of Android, similar to what the Kindle Fire runs, however, it may be based off of Ice Cream Sandwich this time around, rather than Gingerbread. “Forked” means that it won’t carry any of Google’s suite of apps, so in place of Google Maps for instance, Amazon will go with Nokia Maps. They are also claiming that this device is unfinished, so if it is on display tomorrow, Amazon may be short on details. 

With Apple on the verge of unveiling their new iPhone, Motorola unveiling 3 today, Nokia dropping new Lumias this morning, and HTC getting ready for something as well, it would make sense for Amazon to at least let their massive customer base know that they have something in the works. After the success of the Kindle Fire, you can imagine that there is a market for a smartphone made by them, especially if it is is unlocked and falls in at an incredibly reasonable price.

Ron will be in attendance tomorrow to bring us the goods.

Would a smartphone powered by Amazon’s UI interest you?

Via:  The Verge

  • Bionic

    My wife’s Kindle fire is horrible. She loves my nexus 7. Amazon phone? No thanks.

  • A Kindle Phone is a REALLY dumb Idea. Enough Said!

    • michael arazan

      How about an amazon kindle phone, that fits in a tablet, like what asus padfone did?

  • DJyoSNOW

    I’m waiting for perfect price to buy out right. Since I want to keep my unlimited data through Verizon. I would think this one would be a fun rooted phone since they seem to just them the system?

  • Not interested in a amazon phone, but the tablet I am definitely interested in! Competition is always a good thing in the tablet arena..

  • j__h

    Only if I can put some version of actual Android on it.

  • JJ

    I dont see a market for Amazon phones when you have Andriod, Apple and Windows.

    • balthuszar

      it’s going to be an amazon over lay of android, if i’m reading into it right…just like the kindle

  • I am excited for this phone to drive the down off contract prices. Otherwise, bleh.

    • If all phones sold for ~300 to 350 I would have bought four phones this year alone.

    • Great point. I didn’t even think of this. If only you could buy unlocked phones for vzw.

      • Lucky Armpit

        Yeah if it made those ridiculous, overpriced, unrealistic “full retail prices” come down so the average Joe/Jill can buy the phone off-contract, that would be most excellent. But I’m not interested in an “Amazon content-delivery” phone. I love Amazon, don’t get me wrong, but a phone that drowns me in Amazon-delivered content? No thanks.

  • Daniel Zhao

    Not interested, unless it’s substantially better than my Galaxy Nexus, doesn’t take much effort to unlock the bootloader and root. And after awhile, see how the developer community for it is. Since it’s Amazon, there’s no way it’s going to have Google Apps and Google Play out of the box, which is a MUST for me. But then again, it could be totally different. We’ll see.

    • 4n1m4L

      Yeah. Piss on forked android.

  • Brent Cooper

    I would be interested if it has all the right specs and isn’t “forked” or at least has widgets, Gapps, ect…I’d like to see a lot of jelly bean(or a newer K dessert software) come through the device. If its done the way the Kindle Fire is..not stock Google enough.

    • 4n1m4L

      Not even android enough really. Amazon trying to reinvent their own version of android is silly.

  • nightscout13

    AmazonOS? I dunno…..

    • John

      It won’t but would be interesting if it came out with FirefoxOS.

  • Marc White

    It’s one thing to have a Kindle fire (which is rooted running jeallybean) with no play store support, but I don’t think will be a good idea to have a phone with no play store support

  • I just want to see it. I’m not interested in getting one, although it might be worth it to some if it can have custom roms installed on it.

  • Diablo81588


    On a side note, busy news day eh K? 😛

  • pezjono

    My interest in the Kindle Fire was its low price and “hackability”
    I am very happy with my Galaxy Nexus and still have another year on contract, but a newer model down the line may interest me if it meets my two major criteria.

    • John

      Agreed. It’s so nice to STILL be able to say that about my current phone. (Galaxy nexus as well)

  • KleenDroid