The rumors about a possible smartphone from Amazon are, if anything, persistent. The WSJ has revived the rumor recently, this time suggesting that Amazon has plans to announce the phone in June and begin shipments in September.
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In a unprecedented move an Amazon spokesperson has denied a report from former Wall Street Journal reporter, Jessica E. Lessin, that the company is working on a smartphone which it plans to give away for free without an expensive carrier contract.
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According to Taiwan Economic News, the Amazon phone is real and Foxconn won an exclusive contract to make the device. The bill of materials is allegedly going to be anywhere between $100 and $200, which frankly doesn't tell us much. The number we want to focus on is 5 million. That's supposedly how many smartphones Amazon wants Foxconn wants to make for them in 2013.
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There are some things you can rely on, like your bread always landing butter side down if you drop it, and there are some things you can't, like being able to get a taxi actually when you need one. There are also news sources that you can rely on, say like the BBC (and Android Authority) and there are those who you need to think twice about before quoting. A story has broken which says that sources close to Foxconn reckon that the big Chinese manufacturer has orders from Microsoft and Amazon for smartphone production.
Amazon leases bigger office space for Lab126 R&D center. Is it working on an Android phone?
Lab126 is currently based in Cupertino, where Apple has its HQ, but it has recently leased more than 500,000 square feet of space in an office complex in Sunnyvale, California. The new offices, which are in Moffett Towers, can hold more than 2,500 employees. What is interesting is that Lab126 currently employs only half that number of people. Clearly Amazon is looking to expand the resources of Lab126.
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