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Why Does Amazon Want To Sell Its Own Smartphone, Anyway 60

curtwoodward (2147628) writes "Amazon is well-established as an e-commerce and cloud computing pioneer. So why do its ambitions include a bigger push into consumer electronics, including a long-rumored leap into the very competitive smartphone market? In a word, control — of data, consumer profiles, and royalties on purchases."
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Why Does Amazon Want To Sell Its Own Smartphone, Anyway

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  • by Charliemopps ( 1157495 ) on Wednesday April 30, 2014 @09:15AM (#46877689)

    Amazon understands piracy. Is so damned easy to order books on my Kindle I don't even bother to download them even though it'd save me $8. It's just not worth me getting out of my reading chair and dinking around with it. I can search for the book, click a button, viola. The prices aren't crazy and I can get my books when I want them. If the music and movie industries did something similar I'd probobly start paying them again as well. But when they still think they can manipulate how, when, and where I watch their content... force me to watch inane previews, bribe my TV manufacturer to limit its features... all just to extort the maximum profit out of me, it's just easier to pirate it.

  • by Sp4rkyJ0n3z ( 2550184 ) on Wednesday April 30, 2014 @09:36AM (#46877859)
    Amazon is a giant now, but so was RadioShack back in its prime time. RadioShack is struggling now, because they did not adapt their retail stores to new consumer needs. Adaptation is necessary. What is a business' number one resource? People. This is important, because Amazon is huge and the majority of the population are well aware it exists. How does a well known company get more clients? By predicting their specific needs. Smartphones collect data that can be used to predict these things. Google has this figured out, and make money by referring customers, and not by selling any products. Amazon already has invested in mobile technology via its Kindle series, so a logical step would be to expand to cell phone technology so they can start their data mining.

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