Is a Smartphone in Amazon’s Hardware Future?

Amazon is killing it. Its tablet is selling like Android-powered hotcakes and recent financial filings show that its bank account just keeps on growing. The retailer-turned-hardware vendor is on a roll, which begs the question: What will Amazon’s hardware division do next?

For answers, we might look to Facebook, which along with Apple, Google, Amazon and Microsoft, has the potential to own an entire “stack” – in other words, a walled-off ecosystem in which consumers use a single company’s hardware, operating system and storefront to search online, buy apps and purchase digital

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