Amazon might surprise the world by launching a phone alongside its new tablet Kindle Fire 2, thus announcing its entry in the highly competitive market.
The details about Kindle Fire 2 have already leaked to the public ahead of the scheduled event. The launch is set to take place in Los Angeles. Reports have suggested that Amazon is working on a smartphone operating on the Android’s version of the new Kindle Fire.
It is alleged that the smartphone remains unfinished, so there might not be more details present about it in the event. Kindle Fire 2 is rumoured to be operating on android 4.0 according to the leaked information.
It is alleged that Amazon will release two models of Kindle Fire, a 7-inch and a larger 10-inch model. It is also expected that the new variant will be with a backlit display.
The leaked reports also suggest that Kindle Fire 2 might possess a front camera and a USB port. Amazon has yet to launch any Kindle Fire, the first variant of the e-book reader in the UK.
The company has suggested that the first variant, Kindle Fire had been sold out in the US. Rumours suggest that the new Kindle Fire might even have a GPS chip or WiFi based locating system which will make mapping services feasible.
Amazon will not be able to use Google maps for locating services, hence making Nokia maps available for their use. Nokia has already announced a major mapping partner at their launch of smartphones yesterday.
Amazon will become the second company to leave Google Maps, the first being Apple. Apple announced that its new operating system iOS6 will incorporate its own mapping services in iPhone 5.