Friday 10 May 2013

Amazon phone rumours resurface as part of the 'alphabet projects'.

   We've been hearing rumours that Amazon are working on smartphones longer than we can remember, they're relentless. They're worth looking at though because there's no smoke without fire and well Amazon already have the Kindle Fire's so... yeah we were racking our brains for a link there! Dodgy jokes aside, the Wall Street Journal are the latest people to chime in with what their 'sources' know about future Amazon smartphones.

   According to the report Amazon are busy cooking up two new smartphones; one is conventional, but the other one is supposedly going to arrive with glasses-free 3D capabilities! The 3D phone is rumoured to have a smart eye-tracking bit of software which will give the phone the ability to make content hover above the screen, in the same way that holograms do and the WSJ also says that the image will appear 3D at all angles, which sounds unbelievably futuristic! The rumour adds that you'll be able to navigate menus with just your eyes, which is an interesting feature and if it's accurate then it would certainly leave Samsung's SmartPause and other tech like that looking outdated!

   The Wall Street Journal say that there's not too much else known about the phones except that Qualcomm's Snapdragon line of processors will power them and provide that 4G connectivity. Obviously Amazon already have a great ecosystem built around their forked version of Android, so it wouldn't be too much work to add phone support to that network at all.

    Apparently Amazon's hardware ambitions don't stop with the phones though, instead this is just one part of the 'Alphabet project' which includes Projects A, B, C and D. The projects which don't turn out to be phones will supposedly be an audio-only streaming device and a set-top box which will be similar to Roku, which again will show off Amazon's services. If the Wall Street Journal is right on this one then these devices are all set to arrive at some point this year, but seven months is a long time!
WSJ Via TechCrunch.


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