Former Windows Phone exec joins Amazon for “secret” project

April 2, 2013
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Charlie Kindel

It was revealed yesterday that Charlie Kindel, a former Windows Phone manager at Microsoft, is moving to Amazon, in what could have passed for an April Fools’ Day joke (like the ones Google and a lot of other tech industry companies have made).

It’s true that Kindel’s name would make him perfect for such a joke and the fact that the news came out on April 1st only added to suspicions.¬†Kindel later confirmed the news that his new job was at Amazon in an answer to a tweet, as you can see below.

He also modified his current position on LinkedIn:

charlie kindel

As the screenshot shows, Kindel is recruiting a team of developers, program managers, and program managers. He titles himself a “general troublemaker in the tech & mobile space”, which certainly bodes well for Amazon’s disruptive aspirations.¬†The news of the move comes following several rumors about the Amazon smartphone, claiming that¬†Innolux is making displays for¬†the¬†supposedly 4.7-inch device.

Naturally, Charlie Kindel avoided to reveal his responsibilities at Amazon, characterizing his projects with epithets like “cool”, “secret”, and “wonderful”. The most specific he went was¬†‚ÄúI‚Äôm building a new team going after a totally new area for Amazon. ”

Nowhere¬†is the word smartphone mentioned, but it’s clear for everybody that the long rumored Amazon smartphone is the ¬†elephant in the room.


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