1. the_sleuth's Avatar
    Well, the competition never rests. If any of you have read my previous posts, I have been advocating a partnership between Amazon and RIM or outright sale to Amazon for better ecosystem. Now one of my fears is coming soon:

    Amazon Said to Plan Smartphone to Vie With Apple IPhone

    By Tim Culpan, Olga Kharif and Ashlee Vance - Jul 6, 2012

    Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) is developing a smartphone that would vie with Apple Inc. (AAPL)s iPhone and handheld devices that run Google Inc. (GOOG)s Android operating system, two people with knowledge of the matter said.

    Foxconn International Holdings Ltd. (2038), the Chinese mobile- phone maker, is working with Amazon on the device, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans are private. Amazon is seeking to complement the smartphone strategy by acquiring patents that cover wireless technology and would help it defend against allegations of infringement, other people with knowledge of the matter said.

    A smartphone would give Amazon a wider range of low-priced hardware devices that bolster its strategy of making money from digital books, songs and movies. It would help Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos -- who made a foray into tablets with the Kindle Fire -- carve out a slice of the market for advanced wireless handsets. Manufacturers led by Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple shipped 398.4 million smartphones in the first quarter, according to researcher IDC.

    Drew Herdener, a spokesman for Amazon, declined to comment.

    Mark Mahaney, an analyst at Citigroup Inc., said in November that Amazon is planning to release a smartphone.

    Seattle-based Amazon considered buying wireless patents from InterDigital Inc. before the King of Prussia, Pennsylvania- based company said in June that it will sell the assets to Intel Corp. for $375 million, two people said. Amazon is taking pitches and setting up briefings with other sellers, the people said.

    Patent Protection

    Amazon dropped 0.4 percent to the equivalent of $227.67 in German trading as of 9:22 a.m. in Frankfurt. Foxconn gained 4.5 percent in Hong Kong.

    Amazon beefed up its patent prowess recently by hiring Matt Gordon, formerly senior director of acquisitions at Intellectual Ventures Management LLC, the company that was founded by former Microsoft Corp. Chief Technology Officer Nathan Myhrvold and owns more than 35,000 intellectual property assets. Gordon will be general manager for patent acquisitions and investments at Amazon, according to his profile on LinkedIn.

    Adding patents would help Amazon protect itself against lawsuits alleging illegal use of technology. Amazon has been involved in five patent-related cases this year, and 20 cases last year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

    Demand for mobile patents has increased, as shown recently by Googles $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. and its thousands of patents, which closed this year.

    To contact the reporters on this story: Tim Culpan in Taipei at tculpan1@bloomberg.net; Olga Kharif in Portland at okharif@bloomberg.net; Ashlee Vance in San Francisco at avance3@bloomberg.net

    To contact the editor responsible for this story: Tom Giles at tgiles5@bloomberg.net
    07-06-12 06:26 AM
  2. amazinglygraceless's Avatar
    07-06-12 08:48 AM
  3. srivats_'s Avatar
    Amazon might use the BBX platform to launch its first handset.

    We know that there is effort to make Andriod apps run more like native apps in BBX (not that its not present now in PB using Dalvik player, but more integration at OS level)

    There is a possibility that Amazon apps (Android apps) might be certified to run on BBX and viola!

    probably that's the reason BBX also got delayed

    probably Amazon would have assured RIM that it will pick up a stake and hence RIM is confidently proceeding with a Q1 launch fully knowing that it will miss the holiday season.

    For RIM it will make perfect sense, as they get a huge ecosystem and also financial muscle which Amazon would bring with it...
    07-06-12 08:53 AM
  4. pkcable's Avatar
    Use the thread AG mentioned!
    07-06-12 09:05 AM