It has been suggested that Amazon (AMZN) will enter the smartphone market this year with a new Kindle phone. The company has long been rumored to be developing a smartphone that will run a heavily customized version of Android, similar to its Kindle Fire tablets. Earlier rumors indicated that Amazon was planning to release the device in the second quarter of 2013, however manufacturing hiccups have reportedly caused the smartphone to be delayed until later this year. According to Digitimes, issues relating to the device’s mobile platform will see Amazon miss its original June timeframe for the launch. When the smartphone is finally announced, it is expected to cost between $100 and $249, and could even be bundled with six months of 4G LTE data.
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