Amazon Kindle Phone incoming?

Sources claim Amazon will announce an Android smartphone at its Kindle launch today

Rumours that Amazon is working on a Kindle Phone have been swirling about the internet for some time now – and it's looking increasingly like it will be announced at Amazon's Kindle event today.

According to The Verge's sources, the Kindle Phone will run a variant of the Kindle Fire's Android-based OS. Because of Amazon's tweaks to the Android 4.0 operating system, the Kindle Phone won't be able to use Google Maps – and with Nokia mentioning that it's paired up with a major partner at its Lumia 920 launch, it looks like the Kindle Phone will be running Nokia Maps.

If so, that's bad news for Google – Apple's already dropped Google Maps from iOS 6 in favour of a TomTom-based mapping solution, and another major manufacturer ditching the big G's maps software doesn't bode well.

Amazon's also expected to launch a front-lit Kindle Paperwhite reader along with a new Kindle Fire at its event today – but although the Kindle Phone is said to be in an unfinished state, expect it to grab all the headlines just the same.

[via The Verge]

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