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Amazon Partners With HTC To Enter Smartphone Market

There’s still no guarantee an Amazon phone would ever see the light of day.

Amazon Partners With HTC To Enter Smartphone Market
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Amazon has partnered with HTC to make a foray into the smartphone market, the Financial Times reports. The two companies are reportedly working on three devices, one of which is in an advanced development stage. Still, there’s no guarantee these phones will ever see the light of day.

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Rumors of Amazon working on a smartphone have existed for about two years, but the online retailer quickly put an end to a report last month that it was planning to launch a free smartphone. The FT‘s sources say a smartphone launch in 2013 is unlikely, but the company could introduce a smartphone next year–if it decides to continue with the project.

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Based in San Francisco, Alice Truong is Fast Company's West Coast correspondent. She previously reported in Chicago, Washington D.C., New York and most recently Hong Kong, where she (left her heart and) worked as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal.

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