Amazon’s rumored new smartphone could run the Windows Phone operating system, according to reports.
Amazon is reportedly preparing a 4-inch touch screen device, equipped with an 8-megapixel camera and a Qualcomm chipset. Forbes reports that the device could run Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system, a surprise given that the company’s recently released Kindle Fire runs Google’s Android operating system. Citi hardware research analyst, Kevin Chang, believes the device could be ready for the end of 2012. Chang also suggests that the device is being developed with Foxconn, the company responsible for making Apple’s iPad devices.
If the reports are genuine and Amazon opts for Microsoft’s Windows Phone then it will likely run on the “Apollo” or “Tango” operating system update. Tango is believed to be an interim release between Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” and the next-generation of Windows Phone, currently codenamed “Apollo.” Windows Phone build 7.10.8200 was recently discovered in server side logs of a Windows Phone application. A screenshot, believed to be a Tango build, also leaked and demonstrated a new device search feature for Windows Phones. Tango is also expected to introduce LTE support to the Windows Phone platform, something that Amazon will likely be interested in.
Microsoft’s Windows Phone Apollo will be a “very different game” according to Michael Halbherr, a senior Nokia executive who spoke to Engadget at Nokia World in October. Halbherr confirmed to the gadget site that Microsoft is planning to launch the update in mid-2012. Nokia is currently pushing Microsoft to support NFC and a better “positioning framework” for Windows Phone. Little is known about Apollo at this stage but industry insiders believe the codename will eventually become known as Windows Phone 8.
Microsoft has already started seeking customer feedback for its Windows Phone future releases. The software giant is curating feedback from end users to record the most requested features for future versions of Windows Phone. The feedback is recorded and publicly viewable for others to rate and comment on over at Microsoft’s suggestions forum. Top requests include enable all (bing)features for non US-countries, Device Backup and Turn-by-turn GPS.