Rumors of an Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) Kindle-branded Android smartphone have been swirling for years but kicked into high gear in 2013. However as the year comes to a close there is still no Amazon-branded device.
According to a March DigiTimes report, which cited unnamed sources in the “flat panel supply chain,” the device was coming but would not reach consumers until at least the third quarter of 2013 due to production snafus.
In September, the speculation reached a fever pitch, and Amazon finally weighed in, saying it would not be introducing a smartphone this year. Amazon made the statement in response to an article written by former Wall Street Journal reporters Jessica Lessin and Amir Efrati and published on Lessin’s website. They reported that Amazon was considering introducing a free smartphone. After the story went viral, Amazon responded with a statement, saying, “We have no plans to offer a phone this year, and if we were to launch a phone in the future, it would not be free.”
But after Amazon’s statement, the Financial Times still reported yet another account of a potential Amazon smartphone, this time with HTC. The report said that one of the three devices was in the advanced stage of development but that the timeline of the launch of that device could change and that Amazon may decide not to release it all. And so the saga continues.
Check back on our blog throughout the weeks as we continue to post more “turkeys”. Can you think of any other “turkeys of 2013” that you want to add to the list? Let us know on Facebook/Twitter. Happy holidays!
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