Do you depend on your smartphone or tablet to keep you connected? If so, then you’ll want to pay close attention to recent rumors claiming Amazon is set to enter the smartphone market in 2014.
The Amazon smartphone has been whispered about in tech circles for years. But the rumor mill began buzzing again when a report in the Financial Times said that Amazon and HTC are almost done developing the first version. This rumor is not that hard to believe, as other companies like Google and Facebook have entered into the mobile hardware arena before with varying degrees of success.
The most recent reports pointed to an unnamed source who said that the first device is almost ready to be unveiled. The source claimed that Amazon had initially planned an early 2014 release, but may be pushing the date back. This smartphone is also believed to be one of several new devices set to release from the HTC collaboration. While Amazon and HTC did not provide any solid comments on the rumor, many experts believe that a smartphone is on the way.
This will be an exciting space to watch, as HTC also partnered with Facebook to develop the HTC First. Known as the “Facebook” phone, the HTC first debuted in the spring of 2013, and was a huge flop. AT&T even dropped the phone’s price from $99 dollars to $0.99 with a two-year contract. It’s too early to tell what adoption rates might be like for an Amazon phone. In previous reports, sources noted that Amazon plans to give the phone away for free, through its own website.
Amazon has already made a successful entrance into the hardware field with its Kindle products. Since Amazon recently unveiled a third generation of the Kindle Fire HDX tablet, many experts believe that a smartphone is not far behind in 2014.
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