Feeds

Moles expose Amazon smartphone plan

Big phone or little tablet?

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

Amazon is working on a smartphone - Kindle-branded, presumably - to take on Apple and Samsung, it has been claimed.

Two moles have stepped up to spill the beans. One says Amazon is working with contract manufacturer Foxconn, news agency Bloomberg reports.

The other source says that the online retailer is quietly licensing the intellectual property it needs to avoid the legal entanglements that are currenty tying up its would-be rivals.

Amazon itself is keeping mum, but rumours that it is working on a phone have surfaced before.

Then, as now, details are scarce, but the move is a logical extension of Amazon's existing tablet strategy.

But it's also worth considering that, these days, phones are getting larger and there's no much difference between a big phone and a small tablet, especially if the latter has 3G or LTE technology on board, as some Kindles already do, to facilite content downloads on the go.

So what some moles might dub a smartphone may be a smaller tablet, part of a plan by Amazon to make Kindles available in whatever form-factors folk want. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch
Full specs for wrist-mounted device here ... but who'll buy it?
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables
Right in the middle of Burning Mains Man week
HUGE iPAD? Maybe. HUGE ADVERTS? That's for SURE
Noo! Hand not big enough! Don't look at meee!
AMD unveils 'single purpose' graphics card for PC gamers and NO ONE else
Chip maker claims the Radeon R9 285 is 'best in its class'
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.