It's all speculation and rumor but in the mobile space, what
starts as a wild, whacky rumor tends to eventually come true. Two
companies might soon have their hands deep into the mobile phone
market-one sooner than the other.
reported Tuesday morning that Amazon (NASDAQ:
) might be in the early stages of developing a phone or mobile
device. It has hired Charlie Kindel to work on "something
secret." If you've never heard the name, don't feel bad.
, Kindel was at Microsoft (NASDAQ:
) for 21 years. Among his many jobs, he was in charge of
convincing independent developers to use the Windows Phone
Kindel left Microsoft to launch his own startup in 2011, but
Monday, he announced that he will go to work for Amazon.
Interest in the mobile phone market isn't new for the company.
Amazon was rumored
to be working with Foxconn to develop a phone based on the Kindle
Fire OS built on the Android platform. It was rumored to reach
the market by the end of 2012, but the rumor never
Even for rumors, the Amazon news is far-fetched but the next
is one to watch for this week. Facebook (NASDAQ:
) might end the three years of rumors and finally announce its
official entry into the smart phone market.
The company is holding a press event on April 4 to show
people, "Our New Home On Android," according to the invitation.
The overwhelming interpretation from the tech community is that
Facebook will announce a phone, but whether that's a Facebook
designed phone isn't clear.
Facebook has long denied any interest in jumping into the
mobile phone space, although the in-the-know crowd always knew
that to be untrue.
Phone-o-holics might remember the HTC phones that had
"Facebook integration" which turned out to be not much more than
a button with the Facebook logo. The phones didn't receive rave
reviews, and that seemed to prompt Facebook to divorce itself
from the mobile phone hardware market.
To quote the writings of literary genius, Taylor Swift, when
asked about jumping into the phone market, the company spent 2012
saying, "we're never, ever, ever, getting back together."
But it appears the company is dabbling once again, says Andy
. He believes that Facebook will announce the software, but had
little input into the design of the hardware.
seemed to agree after reportedly getting its hands on a copy of
the software that will likely find itself on an HTC phone.
Or maybe everybody will be surprised and Facebook will
announce that customers will actually get that new timeline the
company promised. What happened to that, anyway?
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