Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Mobile Tech
Real-time info services with Neustar
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Amazon Reported Talking to HTC About Smartphones
Amazon Reported Talking to HTC About Smartphones

By Barry Levine
October 16, 2013 10:57AM

    Bookmark and Share
E-tailing giant Amazon has only said that it had "no plans to offer a phone this year," which is not surprising since the holiday season is almost here. HTC has also declined to comment. Analyst Ross Rubin said Amazon's "move into the handset business would be a natural evolution of its content ecosystem," which also includes several smartphone apps.
 



Is Amazon developing smartphones? New reports say that the online retail giant, which has found hardware success with its Kindle tablet, is considering or in the process of doing just that.

Recent reports in the Financial Times and in Bloomberg News said the e-commerce behemoth is working with handset maker HTC to develop such a line of products.

On Wednesday, Bloomberg said Amazon had been in talks with HTC since at least June. Citing "two people familiar with the talks," it reported that no decision has been made about whether to proceed with the development of a product nor about a possible delivery schedule. It noted a key driver for the company is increasing the number of people who can directly access its Instant Video Service, which is also compatible with Apple's mobile devices, connected TVs and computers.

'Advanced Stage'

The Financial Times also reported the HTC-Amazon connection, but its story, published Tuesday, indicated that product development was under way, as opposed to Bloomberg's take that only talks were happening.

The Times said there were three devices being discussed, and one is "at an advanced stage of development." It also cautioned that the timeline had been changing and Amazon had not yet committed to releasing that smartphone.

Amazon has only said that it had "no plans to offer a phone this year," which is not surprising since the holiday season is almost here. HTC has also declined to comment.

There have been rumors and reports for years that Amazon was entering the smartphone market, at least in part because it would seem to make sense as a complement to its Kindle tablet/e-reader line, would allow direct access to its huge inventory of content and would enable another mobile shopping tool for its store. The Kindle was developed at the company's secret design unit in California, and then made by contract manufacturers.

'Natural Evolution'

HTC has a history of designing and making devices for better-known brands, beginning with its history of working with Palm. Most recently, it worked with Facebook to create the HTC First, also known as the Facebook Phone, although that product has not been a success.

Ross Rubin, principal analyst at industry research firm Reticle Research, told us that Amazon's "move into the handset business would be a natural evolution of its content ecosystem," which also includes several smartphone apps for such functions as access to its music store and other shopping.

He also noted that an Amazon smartphone could allow the company to gain a greater foothold in areas where it has only dipped its toe. For instance, Amazon has a Price Check app, which allows smartphone users to scan a barcode on a product in a bricks-and-mortar store and then see if Amazon carries it for a lower price.

If Amazon does move forward with releasing a smartphone, Rubin said, a key question is whether it would act as the service provider or if it would contract with, say, a Verizon. Amazon already has an extensive subscription and customer service network to handle back office and customer management functions.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Get Powerful App Acceleration with Cisco. In a world where time is money, you need to accelerate the speed at which data moves through your data center. Cisco UCS Invicta delivers powerful, easy-to-manage application acceleration for data-intensive workloads. So you can make decisions faster and outpace the competition. Learn More.


 Mobile Tech
1.   BBM Now Available on Windows Phone
2.   Virgin Mobile Offers Custom Plans
3.   Asana Revamps Mobile App
4.   Android 'Fake ID' Puts Millions at Risk
5.   FTC Wants Fix for Mobile Cramming


advertisement
Android 'Fake ID' Puts Millions at Risk
Users: stick to apps from Google Play.
Average Rating:
Researchers Tout Battery Breakthrough
Lithium anode could triple capacity.
Average Rating:
Dell, BlackBerry Downplay Threat
Say Apple-IBM alliance can't hurt them.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
New 'Backoff' Malware Slips Undetected into Retail Systems
'Malicious actors' are using a new variety of malware to access consumer payment data remotely through point-of-sale systems, according to a report from the Department of Homeland Security.
 
IBM Beefs Up Identity Intelligence Security Solutions
Big Blue is betting big on identity intelligence. IBM just acquired a private firm with security software to govern user access to apps and data across cloud and on-premise environments.
 
USB Security Flaw Lets Hackers Hijack PCs
Hackers can use the firmware that controls USB functions to take control of computers, say security experts. That means there may be a new class of attack for which there are no defenses.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
AMD's ARM-Based Opteron Out in $3K Dev Kit
It's dubbed "Seattle" and it's AMD's first 64-bit ARM-based Opteron processor. The low-power chip is being released as part of AMD’s Opteron A1100-series developer kit, and aimed at high-end data center needs.
 
Apple Updates MacBook Pros, Cuts Prices Up to $100
The popular MacBook Pro laptop line just got an update and a price cut of as much as $100. The MacBook Pro with Retina display now includes faster processors and double the memory.
 
Dell, BlackBerry Not Sweating Apple-IBM Alliance
IBM's recent move to partner with Apple to sell iPhones and iPads loaded with corporate applications has excited investors in both companies, but two rivals say they are unperturbed for now.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
BlackBerry Messenger Now Available on Windows Phone
BlackBerry's free Messenger chatting and voice app is out of beta and widely available for Windows Phone users, the company said. BBM offers secure messaging, Groups, Voice, Channels and more.
 
Virgin Mobile Offers Custom Smartphone Plans
As the wireless carrier wars continue heating up, Virgin Mobile just threw the customization coal onto the fire. The firm has debuted a no-annual-contract plan with rates based on individual use.
 
Collaboration Provider Asana Revamps Mobile App
Asana, a collaboration software provider started by a Facebook founder, is now out with a rebuilt native iOS mobile app. It replaces one that even the company admits was not up to par.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.