Quentin Fottrell on the real reason for an Amazon phone:
By creating a mobile wallet smartphone, Amazon hopes to reduce any existing friction to mobile Amazon purchases and further disrupt physical retail sales — a 21st Century equivalent of Amazon’s one-click purchase. And shoppers don’t just go crazy on Amazon when they shop on their devices. Americans spend up to 20% more on their iPads than Android devices, according to a 2012 study by payment processing company Ayden. iPad owners spend $158 per order — the highest of any device — versus $105 by people on other mobile devices.
Amazon, still playing catchup.