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Amazon is working with Foxconn International Holdings Ltd. to make the new device

Amazon is reportedly looking to release a smartphone of its own as early as November of this year. Having a smartphone could further Amazon's efforts to push its digital songs, books and movies as well as other Amazon-related services.

According to Bloomberg, Amazon is working with Foxconn International Holdings Ltd. to make the new device. Amazon also plans to protect itself with wireless technology patents that will keep predators like Apple away once it enters the smartphone arena.

In fact, Amazon hired Matt Gordon recently, who is the former director of acquisitions at Intellectual Ventures Management LLC. This company currently owns over 35,000 intellectual property assets, and Gordon will serve as the general manager for patent acquisitions at Amazon.

Building a protective fort of patents is a smart move, considering Apple and Samsung recently flung patent infringement lawsuits back and forth over wireless technologies and gadgets. The two fought for months, attempting to ban the other's devices such as Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1, which Apple has succeeded in doing so in Germany and the U.S. Both companies eventually tried to reach an agreement, but instead committed to war on one another.

Amazon dipped into the mobile realm last year when it released its first tablet, the Kindle Fire, in November 2011. The 7-inch, $199 tablet was a hit during the holiday season, moving 4.7 million units in Q4 2011. This was nearly one-third of what Apple's iPad accomplished during that same period, which was 15.4 million units.

Amazon is looking to release a new Kindle Fire as soon as this month, which will include new features like external volume controls and a camera. The new smartphone is due in November.

Source: Bloomberg

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RE: drop in the ocean
By Newspapercrane on 7/6/2012 11:51:42 AM , Rating: 5
Wow... the fanboys are already crying infringement and we don't even know for sure what it looks like, or what operating system it's going to run.

Amazon's strategy is different than Apple or Samsung with their products. They're not trying to push the envelope technologically. They're trying to introduce price competition into the tablet market. The Kindle fire wasn't even close to the best piece of hardware on the market when it came out, but it was the performance you could get at that price point.

I wouldn't be surprised to see this phone debut for free with a 2 year contract. The idea is that if you have their device in your hands, you'll buy their media. That's the point of the KF, and that'll be the point of this phone.

RE: drop in the ocean
By bupkus on 7/6/2012 1:14:22 PM , Rating: 2
They sure have become whiny.

RE: drop in the ocean
By bupkus on 7/6/2012 1:17:10 PM , Rating: 2
Any shape other than a sphere and it's infringement.

RE: drop in the ocean
By Motoman on 7/6/2012 1:47:58 PM , Rating: 3
Too late. I just got a patent for "things that vaguely look sperical, in a roundish sort of way."

All your balls are belong to me now.

RE: drop in the ocean
By retrospooty on 7/7/2012 2:15:27 PM , Rating: 2
"Any shape other than a sphere and it's infringement."

Don't forget color. Apple invented black, and white and brushed aluminum. We can only have rainbow colored phones in the future.

RE: drop in the ocean
By wifiwolf on 7/6/2012 6:55:20 PM , Rating: 2
kindle using android, what you expect this one to use?
I can only welcome amazon since it's the one player in this market that can change the game. Not that it will take 1st or 2nd place, but can bring some sense to the patent wars.

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