The Verge: Amazon to introduce an Android-based phone today

September 6, 2012
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    Amazon will launch a smartphone September 6, sources say (Hopetts/Flickr).

    Rumors about an Amazon-branded smartphone have cropped up since early part the year. It was back in May that one Citigroup analyst said that the Amazon phone would be out by the end of 2012, which seemed doubtful at the time. But here we are today apparentlyjust one day away from the unveiling of Amazon’s first ever phone.

    Our good friends at The Verge have received confirmation from several sources that during the Kindle maker’s planned event today, an Android-powered smartphone will take the stage amongst the slew of new Kindle Fire and e-readers.  Like the Kindle Fire, the phone will run a forked version of Google’s mobile OS — to be specific, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

    Details are still light on the phone, but that’s because it’s not completely finished yet, according to the sources. We’re rather curious to see what retailer giant will pack inside the phone. At the very least, we’d like to be able to see its exterior.

    Another aspect that we can’t wait to hear about today is the price point of the phone and what kind of scheme that Amazon will put in place to push the price down. Will Jeff Bezos offer the phone for $100 or even $50? Is he planning to involve major carriers? Will it be called as the Kindle Phone?

    Hopefully we’ll get the answers to all these questions and more today. Be sure to check back again for our coverage of the event.

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