WSJ: AT&T Gets Exclusivity on Amazon’s Smartphone

June 17, 2014 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Tomorrow, Amazon is due to launch their smartphone at an event in Seattle. The event starts at 10am PT/1pm ET, and we’ll be covering that one live as we do with any other event. So make sure you keep it locked to Android Headlines for more. This morning, a report is coming out of The Wall Street Journal that AT&T will be getting the exclusive on the Amazon smartphone. This would extend AT&T and Amazon’s relationship as AT&T already provides 4G LTE for their tablets and e-readers (and so does Verizon, but you have to buy the Verizon-specific Kindle Fire).

Amazon’s smartphone is going to be pretty interesting. As it’s said to have about 6 cameras on it, which will be used for 3D controls and gestures. It’ll also be interesting to see how they sell it and what it will actually do. As the Kindle Fire tablets are basically just a storefront to Amazon’s store, with no Google Services at all. Most likely that’s what the Amazon smartphone will have as well, just Amazon stuff. After all they do have a pretty healthy ecosystem, although it’d be better to have Amazon and Google’s ecosystem together. The best of both worlds, in my opinion. We should learn a whole lot more about the device tomorrow, though, when Amazon announces it in Seattle. So make sure you keep it locked to our site.

AT&T has had exclusive devices before that were a company first. Like the iPhone all those years ago, also both Facebook phones. The HTC ChaCha and the HTC First. Neither of the Facebook phones did well, but the iPhone did extremely well, and really helped out AT&T become the number two carrier that they are today and get closer to Verizon. In fact, they are dangerously close to dethroning Verizon as number one in the country. Are any of you interested in the Amazon smartphone? Let us know in the comments down below.