Amazon's iPhone 5 killer rumors: Kindle Phone release date murky

Rumors say that Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) will announce what will inevitably be described as an iPhone 5 killer. Let's call it the Kindle Phone? In IT Blogwatch, bloggers live in interesting times.

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Tim Culpan, Olga Kharif, and Ashlee Vance go all tag-team stylee:

Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) is developing a smartphone...two people with knowledge of the matter said. Foxconn...is working with Amazon on the device. ... Amazon declined to comment.

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Amazon beefed up its patent prowess recently. ... Adding patents would help Amazon protect itself against lawsuits. ... Amazon has been involved in five patent-related cases this year, and 20 cases last year.      
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Jon Russell fills in the blanks:

Amazon’s tablet runs a modified version of the...Android operating system and it seems [it] would continue to its cut its own variant...which would presumably also have access to the Kindle app store.

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Amazon and Foxconn have a long relationship, although...a different supplier [builds] Kindle Fire. ... Speculation over a Foxconn-built Amazon smartphone surfaced in November.      
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Todd Bishop moves diagonally:

The company shook up the tablet market with the...Kindle Fire. ... The need to work with wireless carriers could make it tougher to [do that] with a phone. However, the company does have plenty of experience...as a retailer through its Amazon Wireless store.

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The move would give...Microsoft more competition for the No. 3 spot.      
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And Dan Frommer suggests a business model:

But why, Clinton Jeff; why?

Sure, why not right?

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Amazon does have the infrastructure in place. ... They have an App Store, and they have delivery services. I’d imagine this will be a US-only affair.

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At the end of the day, it’s still just another reskinned-Android.      
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However, Chris Chaves disagrees with that last point:

...but just like the Kindle Fire, all the Google apps...will be ripped from the OS [for] Amazon’s Appstore and media services.

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The smartphone market could always use a new contender, and...it would be nice to recommend a heavily “dumbed down” Android device...(I’m sick of being my family’s tech support guy)...an affordable smartphone for the masses...[but] it’s going to be hard to get the price down below...the $350 Galaxy Nexus.      
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Meanwhile, Jason Kaneshiro guesses at the next rumor rounds:

  • Microsoft announces...eBook reader.
  • Amazon announces...laptop.
  • Amazon announces...office apps that run in the cloud. ...
  • Facebook announces all of the above simultaneously.      
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