After Motorola's big event today, we didn't figure much of anything else interesting would be going on. We were wrong - numerous sources have confirmed to TheVerge that Amazon is legitimately, actually working on a smartphone. We totally pretended to call it.

Those same sources say that Amazon's phone is yet to be totally finished, but that we may see a prototype tomorrow at Amazon's event in Los Angeles. They've also confirmed it runs a variant of an expected-to-be-announced Android 4.0-based Kindle Fire OS, which makes sense. That means no Google services, which definitely would put it at a disadvantage compared to, well, almost everything on the market.

But I wouldn't be too quick to count out Amazon's potential for success here. They know how to make things cheap, appealing, and most importantly, how to make them sell. We could be in for some real surprises. No other details were offered up, but rest assured, we'll be live at Amazon's event tomorrow to see how this all plays out.


David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://www.facebook.com/long2know Stephen Long

    No Google services... no thanks!

    • Jonathan Wong

      It might be be at a good price so someone can just root it.

      • http://twitter.com/namd88 Nam Dang

        Why bother? Just buy a Nexus 7? And custom roms aren't that stable IMO

        • David Z

          Last I checked the Nexus 7 isn't a phone

        • Sqube

          Maybe when they're alpha, but... if you're consistently having issues with custom ROM stability, I'm more inclined to think you're doing something wrong.

          I've never run a custom ROM that wasn't smoother and more stable than stock, with added functionality to boot.

          • fixxmyhead

            that may be but theres still some features missing like touch to focus for the camera on the stable cm9 or even cm 10 nighly roms for that alone ill stick to a custom skinned rom stable rom (u know what i mean). yea they may be faster than stock but they also have random reboots so not really stable. s2 owner

    • yarrellray

      No GOOGLE SERVICES means it's nothing more than a dum phone. Or another iphone in my mind. Total fail..

      • squiddy20

        What a close-minded and childish viewpoint. Just because it doesn't have Google's services doesn't mean it's a "dum" phone (spelled "dumb" you ignorant moron). It has more features than a dumb phone and a feature phone, therefore, it must be a smartphone.

  • gladgura

    If they do release a phone without google built-in services, they should at least provide a no-root option for customers who want them (yes of coarse you could just root it, but not every customer has the know how)

  • ari_free

    No google services means...not for me but I do want to see stronger alternatives. It's not good to be tied to any one company.

  • FrillArtist

    Hahaha....no Google services. What a joke.

    • ari_free

      It would sell very well in China!

  • shanthandro

    Sounds bit odd. Without google services with android!

  • randyfromreno

    No Sale!

  • Kenny O

    if its cheap it will sell , just like the fire did. And you can take it to the bank that it will get rooted and cm1O

  • funkyblue

    It's not a bad thing. End of the day more Android devices = more and better supported apps. It's what Open Source is all about :)

  • Jonathan Wong

    The Kindle Fire didn't have Google services but it did quite well. Very well actually.

    • http://twitter.com/namd88 Nam Dang

      Because there were nothing at that price range before the Nexus 7. Now with an alternative (and better one), people might reconsider it

      • ari_free

        There were either junky chinese clones or expensive 10" xooms and samsungs. Android needs a good solid affordable tablet to set a foothold, get the apps coming and then we can talk about more expensive tablets.

        • http://twitter.com/namd88 Nam Dang

          I should've said that there were nothing *solid* at that price range before the Nexus 7

    • ari_free

      Maybe because it didn't have to deal with Nexus 7

  • Jaymoon

    This is a total pipe dream, but wouldn't it be awesome in Amazon announced something big like free Wi-Fi calling, or better yet, free calling via something like Whisper-net? If they subsidized your monthly plan, just for the device simply being locked down to the Amazon appstore, would they make it up in the long run?

    Having no Google support would really hurt this rumored device, so you think they've got to have some BIG feature that gets people to buy it. ...and a free Amazon Prime trial isn't going to cut it.

  • Matthew

    I would by an Amazon phone if they could pull off what they are offering on their Kindle Fire HD LTE. Paying $50.00 for a year for a data plan would be worth it to me. Yes 250MB a month is not a big data plan but i personally am usually on WIFI.

  • Matthew

    Most people jump to wireless carriers because of the phone they want. Everyone should be concentrating more on what they are comfortable paying a month. Then figure out if you really want to spend like $2,000 - 3000 a year.