Amazon Preps iPhone Challenger
Teams up with Foxconn to build smartphone
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 6, 2012 11:35 AM CDT
The logo adorns an fulfillment center in Goodyear, Ariz.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

(Newser) – Amazon is opening up a new front in its battle with Apple and Google. With help from Foxconn, the firm is developing its own smartphone, insiders tell Bloomberg. Alongside the Kindle Fire, the phone would offer a cheaper alternative to yet another popular Apple product, and would also compete with Android phones. The online retailer is already gathering patents to protect itself against potential infringement claims—and recently hired a new patents chief, Bloomberg notes.