Will Amazon Snub Google And Go With Nokia For Kindle Fire 2 Map Data?


Breaking ties with Google seems like the vogue thing for smartphone and tablet manufacturers as of late. Samsung’s talked about working more with Microsoft in order to decrease its reliance on Android, and we’ve seen Apple start ditching Google Maps data for iOS 6 in favor of its own collection of data sources. This latest rumor is very much along the lines of the latter, with Nokia supposedly tapped to provide Amazon mapping data for its next Kindle Fire.

Amazon already had one foot out the door when it comes to Google, thanks to the heavy customization job it did for the first Kindle Fire. This news, if true, would only serve to solidify the company’s tablets as alternatives to the standard Android fare. Nokia also sounds like a good choice to go with for something like this, with substantial mapping resources at its disposal.

There’s nothing that particularly hard to believe about this rumor, and with any luck we’ll learn how true it might be at Amazon’s September 6 event next week.

Source: Reuters

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen’s first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he’s convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he’s not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits

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