Oct 15 AT 3:08 PM Nick Gray 8 Comments

HTC rumored to build three Amazon phones in 2014


Amazon phone rumors have been floating around for quite some time, but today is the first time that a rumor has suggested that HTC will be building the devices for Amazon. According to the Financial Times, one phone is already in an “advanced stage of development,” with a total of three devices scheduled for launch in 2014. No information has been released regarding hardware specifications, but previous Amazon phone rumors suggest that one of the phones may be equipped with a holographic display.

While Amazon has succeeded in carving out a good chunk of the Android tablet market by selling its Kindle Fire devices at or near cost, it’s unclear if the strategy can be replicated in the smartphone space since most consumers in the Unites States purchase subsidized smartphone through service providers.

Do you think an Amazon phone made by HTC will have an impact on the global smartphone market?

Source: Financial Times

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • Jake

    What can Amazon offer on a smartphone that hasn’t already been done six ways from Sunday? Phones are not the ideal form factor for books and you can already get Amazon content on existing phones anyway. I’m just not seeing where they’re trying to go with this.

    • NasLAU

      Amazon videos are not available in any phone other than the iPhone as far as I know. Maybe is just the iPads. Definitely not in any Android device without Fire in its name.

      • Nate B.

        And that is not a reason to make a new anything. It can be done in an update or app. All I can see them doing is trying to make their own OS or based off Android. I’m not expecting anything big, but I am curious to see how can they be different and not just in the crowd.

  • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

    I think Amazon will have a tough time penetrating the US market since we all love getting discounted phones with our restrictive contracts, but Amazon could use this ass a push to penetrate other global markets and use the phone as a tool to get consumers hooked on its store. Xiaomi have proven that cheap phones can sell well, even do new brands. If amazon can sell a high-end smartphone for half the price (off contract) of what Samsung and HTC charge, they may be able to carve out a 5% market share which could lead to hundreds of millions on app, movie and book revenue every year.

    • NasLAU

      “Amazon could use this ass a push to penetrate” LMAO

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  • donger

    Would be interesting.

  • SGB101

    I’m all for competition. And think amazon should be building a medium spec, and selling at cost, around the $130 out right, then it should shift and put a mini checkout in people’s pocket.

    Then once people get on the Amazon bandwagon in 12 months or so , introduce higher end, nexus like devices for those that want more horspower