Insiders say Amazon could unveil smartphone tomorrow

By , Sep 5, 2012

We’re nearing the end of the two-week run of product announcements leading up to Apple’s iPhone event. Last week, Samsung unveiled its Galaxy Note 2. And today, both Nokia and Motorola showed off new hardware.

Tomorrow, Amazon will play the final opening act with a media event in Los Angeles, where it’s expected to unveil a handful of new Kindle tablets. But according to a new report, it may have a few surprises up its sleeves…

The Verge is reporting that it has learned that the retail giant may show off its long-rumored smartphone tomorrow. The handset, which has been whispered about for months, is said to be running a forked version of Android.

“Multiple sources have confirmed to The Verge that Amazon is working on a smartphone that runs a variant of the Kindle Fire’s Android-based operating system, and we’re now hearing that the device will be shown to the press tomorrow.

The phone itself is said to be currently unfinished, so if Amazon does announce it we wouldn’t expect too many details.”

Of course, Amazon’s services — App Store, Music, Instant Video — will come preinstalled on the handset. And it is said to be using Nokia’s mapping software, since, with custom versions of Android, Google Maps isn’t an option.

It wouldn’t surprise us if an Amazon-branded smartphone made an appearance at tomorrow’s presser. Back in July of this year, both the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg confirmed that the retailer was testing handsets.

We’ll be watching Amazon’s event tomorrow and will report back with anything of interest. At the very least, the company is expected to announce an update to its popular Kindle Fire and a few other new tablets.

Either way, tomorrow just got a little bit more interesting.

What are your thoughts on an Amazon smartphone?

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  • http://twitter.com/rolynn719 Roy Swartz

    It will suck if not running iOS….like all the rest!!

    • sackboy

      iOS is nothing compared to Android if not jailbroken. Which is why we’re all here right?

      • http://twitter.com/MCaudebec Maxim∑

        No… We are here because we are interested in apple, jailbroken or not

  • http://twitter.com/MCaudebec Maxim∑

    Lets just say apple doesn’t find amazons phone to be a threat

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1595420643 Simche Apple Konstantinovic

      Actually, none is a threat to Apple BUT Nokia unveiled their new Lumia 920 and thats… Something to think twice about, since for the first time in a long battle between mobile competition, Lumia is the one that doesn’t resemble an iPhone at all! It has an own unique design, and it has an own identity! This is not an iPhone killer, like Samsung desperately tries to do (except the S3 since obviously they got help to design it from their lawyers ;d) this is a whole new Category of its own =D Finally, Companies like Nokia are trying to innovate for once :)

      • macboy74

        100% agree. It unlike all android phones is totally different than the iPhone. Finally direct competition.

      • http://twitter.com/wselviz William Selviz

        Use commas

      • macboy74

        Sorry teach. I pledge to use proper grammar, punctuation and spelling in my comments on this and other blogs like it. :-/

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1595420643 Simche Apple Konstantinovic

        I truly Agree :D

    • http://twitter.com/Max_Kas Max Kaslick

      Does anyone?

  • http://twitter.com/Max_Kas Max Kaslick

    ha…

  • http://twitter.com/myorangeisstuck willie

    To be honest,the picture above looks sleek

  • http://twitter.com/unbeliever008 Jae. Just J.

    Amazon is Amazon. They will succeed.