An Amazon smartphone could well be announced tomorrow. I really don't know. I have no insider insight into the company. But what I do know is that Amazon has very little chance of being successful in the smartphone market, if it does decide to enter the business. Here are five reasons Amazon would do well to let the rumors of an Amazon smartphone remain just that:
BlackBerry reported that in its fiscal fourth quarter, which ran until March 2, it sold 1 million units of its new flagship Z10 smartphone, the first to run its BlackBerry 10 platform. However, in a troubling sign for the company, it also said that its subscriber base fell to 76 million, down from 79 million at the end of the previous quarter and 80 million the quarter before that.
AT&T Mobility, Sprint Nextel, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA parent Deutsche Telekom were among the top five mobile operators worldwide in terms of patent filings, according to a report from industry analyst Chetan Sharma.
BlackBerry announced with much fanfare earlier this month that an unnamed, "established" partner placed an order for 1 million BlackBerry 10 smartphones, the company's largest single order ever. Though the company has declined to name the purchaser, it is wireless device distributor Brightstar, according to an AllThingsD report.
Sales of BlackBerry's flagship Z10 smartphone got off to a relatively slow start over the weekend at AT&T Mobility stores, according to analysts and media reports, but Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA will also start selling the phone by the end of the month.
BlackBerry's Z10 smartphone, running on its new BlackBerry 10 platform, makes its debut today in the U.S. market in what could either be a renaissance for the company or a last gasp attempt to plot a comeback amid declining market share.
BlackBerry denied reports that its new BlackBerry 10 platform has failed to meet security requirements for the British government. The company said that it is working with the UK government to get the new platform fully certified.
BlackBerry said an unnamed "established" partner placed an order for one million BlackBerry 10 smartphones, with shipments starting immediately, and noted that order represents the largest single purchase order in BlackBerry's history.
Sprint Nextel expects to launch an all-touch BlackBerry 10 smartphone in the second half of the year, according to an AllThingsD report. Meanwhile, takeover rumors once again swirled around BlackBerry after Lenovo's CEO said his firm might consider buying the company.
AT&T Mobility said starting tomorrow it will begin taking pre-orders for the BlackBerry Z10, BlackBerry's flagship smartphone. Separately, T-Mobile USA said it will start letting enterprise customer pre-order the device as well. The actions give more traction to BlackBerry's hopes for a U.S. comeback.