Amazon might partner with HTC for its smartphone venture

Rumors about an Amazon smartphone go back years, and even with the pace picking up in recent months, updates have been few and far between. Earlier this year, some of those rumors looked to the idea of a heavily subsidized, if not free handset, claims Amazon was quick to refute. We also heard about plans for a pair of phones, one a more typical handset, and one possibly featuring an unusual pseudo-3D UI and supporting in-air gesture interactions. Today we’re looking into just how this hardware might come to market, with suggestions that HTC might partner with Amazon for this effort.

Reportedly, the two companies have been developing three separate models as potential devices for release, and one of those may be quite far along in the development process. We don’t know if this is that 3D phone, or something more typical, but the sources indicate that what we’re getting wouldn’t arrive until sometime next year – assuming things even get that far. That timetable fits with official statements from Amazon, though rumors had been optimistic that maybe at least one Amazon phone might see the light of day in 2013.

Unsurprisingly, neither Amazon nor HTC are directly addressing these rumors, though HTC is clear that it’s open to something along these lines, talking about openness towards “co-branding and collaborating with carriers and other technology brands.”

Source: Financial Times
Via: BGR

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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 Read more about Stephen Schenck!