With the huge success following the release of Amazon’s $199 Kindle Fire Android tablet in 2011, many had believed that Amazon could be working on an Android smartphone of their own too. This was revealed last year by Citigroup’s analyst, Mark Mahaney who claims that Foxconn in China had already begun piecing the handset together, but what do you guys think? Would it make sense for Amazon to release a smartphone of their own? Apparently that would be the next logical step, according to ABI Research analyst, Aapo Markkanen in a recent interview with Wired.
It has also been suggested that Amazon’s Kindle Fire smartphone could be following in Apple’s footsteps by introducing a closed environment in which the version of Android loaded onto the phone would be heavily skinned while providing access only to the Amazon Appstore. In any case Amazon has also been rumored to be working on larger versions of the Kindle Fire set for a release later this year, but like we said, since these are merely rumors we suggest taking it with a grain of salt for now, but let us know your thoughts about a possible Amazon Android smartphone in the comments below.