Monday, 5 June 2017

Amazon reportedly working on Ice smartphone line up with Google apps

Amazon entered the smartphone market with the Fire Phone back in July 2014. It was both commercial and critical flop, and due to the poor response, the company had to discontinue the Fire Phone one year later, in August 2015. But now, it appears that the world's leading e-commerce company wants to have another go at selling its own branded smartphones

According to Gadgets360, Amazon is working on a new smartphone line-up codenamed "Ice", which will be targeted at consumers in emerging or developing market like India.

The Fire Phone booted a forked version of Android called Fire OS and did not include Google's Mobile Services (GMS). But the new Ice line up will run latest version of Google's Android operating system complete with GMS like Gmail and Google Play.

The report further says that the phone is being developed with a screen size between 5.2- and 5.5-inches. It is expected to come with Snapdragon 430, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 13MP main camera, fingerprint scanner and run Android Nougat.

The device is currently said to be in prototype stage, and don't have Amazon's Alexa digital voice assistant, but that could change in the future or at the time of the phone's launch.

The Ice phone will reportedly be priced around Rs. 6,000 and will be launched in India before the end of this year.

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