5 Things to Expect From an Amazon Smartphone: All Prime, No Google Play
Amazon forked its own version of Android from Google’s open source software, and its Fire operating system powers Kindle Fire tablets and the Amazon Fire TV. It keeps users locked firmly into Amazon’s services and prevents downloading apps from Google Play.
Any Amazon smartphone is likely to employ this same strategy, running Android, but through the Fire OS version with hooks into all things Amazon and a wall around Google Play.
It wouldn’t be surprising of Amazon throws in a Prime discount with an Amazon Phone — that way, mobile users can easily whip out their Amazon smartphone in a store and order the same product they’re looking at, directly from Amazon (presumably cheaper) and without shipping charges.
You can also expect any Amazon smartphone to have a display worthy of playing Prime HD streaming movies.