Two of the longest-running go-to narratives in the Android market — that HTC is a shambles and Amazon wants to release a phone — have been bolted together like an airplane’s wing section, thanks to a report from the Financial Times that threw Android watchers into paroxysms of raising their eyebrows when it came out this week.
Citing anonymous sources, the report claims that HTC and Amazon have teamed up to work on three smartphone models, and that one is “at an advanced stage of development.” Goodness me. Could the long, long, LONG-awaited Amazon phone finally be happening? The answer, as ever, is “maybe.” The FT report says that Amazon could still put the kibosh on the project, and has meddled with the project’s timeline before. From a purely circumstantial perspective, however, there are new wrinkles to this latest muttering about an Amazon phone that make sense.