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    cbae

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    Channel checks suggest the Amazon smartphone will have a 4-inch touch panel display, an 8 mega pixel camera, and adopt a Microsoft operating system.  The phone will probably run on a Texas Instruments OMAP4 processor and Qualcomm's dual mode 6-series standalone baseband.

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    PaoloM

    Well, it would make sense. Amazon's Kindle app on WP is much better than its Android version, so we know that they have the technical know-how to move into that direction and they would steer clear of all the legal issues that B&N is facing now.

    Plus, it would be a clear differentiation tactic.

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    magicalclick

    I doubt that. Amazon is a big Linux fan. But using WP is easier indeed, since MS will deal with the patents for them, thus, reducing a lot of legal cost on both prevention and potential law suits.

    Leaving WM on 5/2018 if no apps, no dedicated billboards where I drive, no Store name.
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    PaoloM

    Amazon is a very pragmatic company. S3 and EC2 support both Linux and Windows, if a customer wants to pay for something, Amazon will provide it.

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    ManipUni

    I read Microsoft is giving the best kick-backs right now. Doesn't really shock me that Amazon would go with the vendor who is likely willing to literally pay them to install the OS.   

    Too bad WP7 is ultimately doomed thanks to Microsoft's general incompetence with their platform. It was a lovely OS too. Maybe WP8 will have a better shot.   

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    wkempf

    , PaoloM wrote

    Well, it would make sense. Amazon's Kindle app on WP is much better than its Android version, so we know that they have the technical know-how to move into that direction and they would steer clear of all the legal issues that B&N is facing now.

    Kindle Fire is an Android based tablet and is just as targetable as the NOOK devices. So either Amazon is already not steering clear, or they've paid the patent fees and are safe. So this seems like faulty reasoning to me. Given Amazon is already in the Android game, and would gain revenue throug it's App store, I'd find it unlikely that they'd have an Amazon branded WP7 device.

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    Ray7

    , wkempf wrote

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    Kindle Fire is an Android based tablet and is just as targetable as the NOOK devices. So either Amazon is already not steering clear, or they've paid the patent fees and are safe. So this seems like faulty reasoning to me. Given Amazon is already in the Android game, and would gain revenue throug it's App store, I'd find it unlikely that they'd have an Amazon branded WP7 device.

    Agreed. Amazon is more about selling content that running programs. They need something light and customisable. Not sure Windows really fits the bill.

    And because they're more about selling content, I don't see why the would feel the need to jump into the smartphone market, especially when they're already selling content on all the major mobile platforms anyway.

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    JeremyJ

    @wkempf: The Kindle Fire was probably in development for quite a while so it was probably under way before all of the lawsuits started flying around.  For all we know, the next iteration of the Fire will be Windows based too.  I think companies are starting to consider WP7 more because of the sheer glut of Android based devices.  They need something to help differentiate themselves or they will be constantly be compared. 

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    magicalclick

    , ManipUni wrote

    I read Microsoft is giving the best kick-backs right now. Doesn't really shock me that Amazon would go with the vendor who is likely willing to literally pay them to install the OS.   

    Too bad WP7 is ultimately doomed thanks to Microsoft's general incompetence with their platform. It was a lovely OS too. Maybe WP8 will have a better shot.   

    No way, I like WP7 Mango the way it is. Could have more 1st party app like Reminders and better games. But, I like Mango.

    Leaving WM on 5/2018 if no apps, no dedicated billboards where I drive, no Store name.
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