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Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos
Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is not enjoying this beautiful Seattle summer.

Instead, it appears Bezos is camped out in Silicon Valley helping some of his employees with new hardware devices.

Sources tell Brad Stone from Businessweek that Bezos is heads-down in the Bay Area working with Amazon’s Lab126 hardware-focused unit.

Lab126 is responsible for the design and engineering work on the Kindle products, and it’s highly possible that Bezos is helping out with Amazon’s much-anticipated smartphone.

Job postings cited by Reuters last year for the Lab126 unit were for engineers with experience in cellular products and smartphones, adding more fuel to the theory that we’ll see an Amazon phone at some point. The move would give Amazon’s corporate neighbor Microsoft more competition for the No. 3 spot in the smartphone market.

Of course, the big question is: Will it have an airbag?

Previously on GeekWire: Amazon misses profit expectations, reports net loss of $7M in Q2

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