Amazon is reportedly working on a new lineup of Android smartphones codenamed “Ice”. This new series is said to feature proper Android phones with support for Google apps and services (including Google Play) which were missing from the now defunct Amazon Fire series of smartphones and tablets. In reality, it was the lack of Google Play support which proved to be the primary reason for Fire series’ demise two years ago.
As for the new Amazon “Ice” series, the report is coming from Gadgets 360 citing a couple of unnamed sources. It suggests that Ice series smartphones will be aimed at emerging markets including India which is in contrast with the approach for Fire series which was focused on the United States and a few other western markets.
This seems to be the reason that Amazon has decided to go for entry-level specifications and cheaper pricing. One of the smartphones in the series is said to be sporting a 5.2-inch or 5.5-inch display with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor and 2GB of RAM. It will be offering 16GB of internal storage, feature a 13-megapixel rear camera, and run Android Nougat 7.1.1 out of the box. There is also a fingerprint scanner on the smartphone which is a good addition considering that it is expected to be priced at the north Rs. 6,000 (about $93).
As the Ice phone is said to feature Google apps and services, the prototype of the same was found to be running Google Assistant. Interestingly, it was not running Amazon’s Alexa assistant but since it is just a prototype, Alexa can surely make its way to the device by the time it gets official. The same holds true for the pricing which could differ from the mentioned above.
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