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Amazon Lays Out Its New Phone ?!

2016 - 02 - 01

From sources who are familiar with the matter, Amazon has been planning with some of its OEM partners for its new phone.

知情人士表示,Amazon又開始和手機廠談代工了。

雖然2014年以自己的OS版本推的Fire Phone導致Amazon認虧了一億七千萬美金,但對貝佐斯而言,這也不過就是一堂不貴的商業模式的實驗課(別忘了,臉書買目前已經改採完全免費制的WhatsApp的價格,是這個數字的一百多倍,何時能賺得回來沒人知道)。而我們向來認為,Amazon之生態系思惟裡面應該要推自主OS的手機(其中一個原因是Apple Appstore以及Google Play限制Amazon發展之處很多,以後有機會另文分析),只是需作更清楚的本質性思考。

原本的Fire Phone是很好用的手機,但畢竟它的定價 ($650) 錯了、主要功能訴求 (Firefly以及裸視3D)錯了,這回老貝會怎麼玩,我們拭目以待。

我們在去年即說過,Amazon早在2011年前就該推出附帶全球免費漫遊的instant messaging方案,它也應該考慮採MVNO模式,在主要市場兼營行動通信業務,搭配相當幅度的免費方案,推升使用者數。如此一來,它的電商特別是家庭日常用品與生鮮類的購買、視頻、音樂、書籍、期刊、報紙等等之訂閱以及廣告之觸及,必能更上層樓。

現在,其實為時未晚,雖然全球手機銷售從低階到高階甚至連iPhone都已見頹勢;但是,依目前硬體之演進,BOM cost在百元美金以下的手機已具備日常需用的所有運算能力,因此這回重返手機市場,Amazon非但完全不必靠賣硬體賺錢、還能有更靈活的商業模式之操作空間,這場仗會很有趣的。

反觀台灣這裡搞電商的、談電商的、教人家做電商的…有誰靠著技術和商業模式之本質性研發,把面對下一個世代的局給佈建起來了?

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