Last week, I scribbled Whatever happened to…? Five devices that have yet to show face, and one of the five was none other than the long-rumoured Amazon smartphone.
We’ve somewhat of an update now, as our favourite source of all sources reckons the Amazon smartphone won’t touch down in Q2 2013 as originally planned.
Yep, it’s good old Digitimes, crediting both “market rumours” and typically anonymous sources in the flat panel supply chain.
We’re told that the Amazon smartphone is stuck at the engineering verification test (EVT) stage, thanks to unspecified “issues related to its mobile platform”. The Amazon smartphone is expected to follow in the Kindle Fire’s footsteps, with a heavily tailored version of Android.
Supposedly, the Amazon smartphone was intended to complete testing in Q1 2013, and hit volume production the following quarter. As it stands, we’re probably looking at Q3 for mass production.
Is anyone bothered? I can kinda understand the Amazon Kindle Fire, but an Amazon-focused Kindle smartphone doesn’t make much sense to me. Pricing will inevitably be crucial, but… meh.