Amazon is testing a new smartphone that may be launched later this year or early next year, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.
The story, datelined Taipei, said the company is working with Asian component suppliers to test the device, which would enter a crowded market dominated by Apple's iPhone, Samsung's Galaxy and LG models.
Amazon, the electronic books pioneer whose Kindle reader has grown enormously popular in recent years, expanded into the tablet market last year with Kindle Fire, which runs on Google's Android software.
The Android software is used on slightly more than half the smartphones in the US market, while the iPhone accounts for 31,9 percent, according to an industry survey released earlier this month.
In the overall US market for mobile handsets, Korean-based Samsung led with 25,7 percent, followed by LG, another Korean firm, with 19,1 percent and Apple with 15 percent, according to comScore group's latest survey.
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