Amazon, HTC to develop line of smartphones, report says

The online retail titan is working with mobile-device maker HTC to produce smartphones, according to the Financial Times.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. James Martin/CNET

Amazon and HTC are working on a new line of smartphones, according to a report published by the Financial Times on Tuesday.

Unnamed sources tell the publication that the first of three devices is near the end of development, but Amazon may decide to change its planned release date. The company was planning to release it in 2014 but is now reconsidering its original timeline, according to the report. We've contacted Amazon for comment and will update this story if we hear back.

HTC told the Times that it would not comment about Amazon but said it is always open to collaborating with carriers and other tech companies. In response to a CNET request for comment, HTC said, "We do not comment on rumors or speculation."

Rumors of an Amazon smartphone have been popping up for a couple of years now but the rumor mill has been particularly busy lately. When a recent report said the company would give the phone away, Amazon quickly shut the rumor down, saying it had "no plans to offer a phone this year, and if we were to launch a phone in the future, it would not be free."

HTC has worked on a phone for another major tech brand. The smartphone maker partnered with Facebook to make the social network's first true Facebook phone, but that partnership yielded some disappointing results because of a lack of interest in Facebook's Android Home software.

Update, 11:09 a.m. PT: Added HTC's response to CNET's request for comment.

 

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