Amazon could launch Android console in March
Amazon is gearing up to launch a set-top box to compete with the likes of Apple TV and Roku, according to a new report on Re/code. It will deliver video content from Amazon, and could potentially run apps and TV shows. The news doesn't come as a surprise, since Amazon has been rumored to be working on a set-top box for close to a year now. However, this is the first report since a rumored Christmas release failed to materialize.
Amazon's (NASDAQ: AMZN) box will apparently be powered by Google's (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android operating system, which makes sense given the company's substantial expertise in Android. However, there is no indication whether it will be the same forked Android that Amazon put on its Kindle tablets, or an entirely new fork. According to Ars Technica, the purchase of a game studio by Amazon suggests that games could potentially be on the table.
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