Amazon Plans an Android Smartphone to Battle With The iPhone

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Like it or hate it, the iPhone is one tough opponent to beat. Even the latest Android powerhouses (One X, Galaxy S3) struggle and use their full powers when in a battle against the Apple smartphone. And now it looks like Amazon wants a piece of the iPhone too.

They are going to sell their own Android smartphone, which is going to be competitive with the next Apple powerhouse. This information comes from a reliable source: an employee (who remains anonymous) of Foxconn International Holdings Ltd. (2038), a Chinese phone maker, who works with Amazon for their smartphone.

Amazon has a fine strategy to get in the smartphone business – they are buying patents (mostly connected to the radios), so they don’t end up sued and their device banned. And one thing is for sure – if their phone boasts current-gen hardware and a reasonable price, Amazon will be profiting from their smartphone. It might even be a threat to the iPhone, if it’s a huge success.

As far as hardware and software goes, we don’t have any information, but you can bet it will run a highly-customized version of Android, much like the Kindle Fire, and it’s reasonable to think it will boost a quad-core (or a dual-core Snapdragon S4) CPU.

Speaking of Kindle Fire, the big online retailer is also rumored to bring a 2nd generation tablet – Kindle Fire 2 in the third quarter of 2012. Rumors point to an early August release.

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