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Amazon readies video streaming device

Amazon Instant VideoAmazon is reportedly set to start shipping its much-rumoured video streaming device in the US next month.

According to a Wall Street Journal report, which cites people familiar with the plans, the device will run on a version of Google’s Android software and will be available through Amazon as well as retailers like Staples and Best Buy.

The device will go head-to-head with streaming devices such as Google’s Chromecast, Apple TV and devices made by Roku, and is expected to give users access to Amazon’s Prime streaming video service, as well as offerings from other companies.

Rumours that Amazon is planning to move into the video-streaming device market first emerged last year, with the firm previously expected to launch the device in time for Christmas 2013.

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