Talk of an Amazon-branded smartphone project has lingered in the tech blogosphere for more than two years now. When MMi was last privy to insider chatter about the rumored smartphone, the suggestion was that Amazon and Foxconn (the same Foxconn that brings iPhones to life) would partner to produce the online retailer's first smartphone sometime during the early months of 2013.
Unfortunately for those awaiting the arrival of the Amazon phone, a new report issued Monday by Sammi Huang and Steve Shen of DigiTimes indicates that the wait isn't quite over yet,
Citing sources in the "flat panel supply chain," they report the "smartphone is still under its engineering verification test (EVT) period due to issues related to its mobile platform."
"It's smart for Amazon to get its software perfect before releasing a phone," observes Jay Yarow of Silicon Alley Insider. "It's going to launch into a very crowded market: iOS and Android dominate, but Microsoft and Blackberry both have very good platforms vying for third place."