Amazon’s smartphone leaks out: set to completely change the way we interact with phones
Amazon’s first smartphone (could it be called the Kindle phone?) is said to come with a 4.7-inch display and feature a whopping four power-savvy infra-red cameras on the front that will work in concert with a pack of sensors to track the position of your head in regards to the phone. Last time, we heard that this will enable a 3D effect, but this latest leak reveals that those effects will be just the tip of the iceberg.
In fact, the unique combination of 4 cameras, software and sensors will enable a new way of navigating a smartphone by just tilting your smartphone. Amazon is said to have gone as far as removing all menus in apps - you’d just tilt your phone left and right to get into settings. Tilting the phone like that would result in a screen with the settings sliding over.
In the messaging app, tilting the phone to the screen would bring the camera, allowing you to quickly embed an image to your text. In the weather app, on the other hand, just tilt the phone to get the extended forecast.
Amazon's smartphone aims to bring new, tilt-based controlsThe implementations varies in apps: while reading a book in the Kindle app, for instance, tilting the phone would bring up the X-Ray menu with references about the book; in the email app, you’d be able to tilt the phone just a bit to see labels for the otherwise label-less icons. In a search for, say, a restaurant, tilting the phone when looking at the list of results will display Yelp ratings. In Amazon’s video store, when looking at a list of movies, you’d be able to just tilt the phone to see IMDB ratings.
In addition to this ground-breaking new feature, Amazon is also bundling up the possibility for your camera to read and recognize signs and other text in real-world pictures via optical image recognition (OCR). The camera software will thus allegedly be able to extract the text from images, and then even translate it into another language.
Finally, Amazon’s smartphone is said to get an official unveiling and christening by the end of spring.
1. ArtSim98 (limited) (Posts: 2738; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Seems like an awesome thing that will actually never come successful. Like the Nokia N9. It even looks the same lol
3. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 712; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)
lol I think it's more like a rugged version of Nokia N9
4. Finalflash (Posts: 1720; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Awesome maybe, but this sounds ridiculously painful if not implemented correctly. Imagine tilting the phone away from a direct light source and having a Damn menu fall in front of you. Then you could be lying down or maybe just moving your hand away to have 10 other things happen. They have to be extremely careful and detail oriented here or otherwise we will have another desktop Windows 8 situation again.
7. ArtSim98 (limited) (Posts: 2738; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Yeah they have to implement it perfectly. But also the swipe gestures on N9 gathered so much hate but I think it's wonderful. It really feels like I operate the phone. Unlike when I press a button it feels like I just order someone to do something with my phone. The swiping really "connects" you to the phone. I guess Nokia's Connecting People goes well to that lol. If this tilting feature is made well, it will be like swiping just even better. If it's not well made, it will be a disaster.
28. sonnycrockett (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)
Not true. The N9 was popular during its run, by some unofficial estimates outselling all the early Lumias combined. And it got rave reviews. Unfortunately, thanks to Elop, it was never given the chance to prove its worth. Shame, I really believe it could've saved Nokia.
2. McLTE (Posts: 691; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Two words. EPIC FAILURE.
If this is seriously THAT controlled by motion, it will be rejected by consumers very quickly I predict. Personally, I already can't stand the phone rotation when I slightly tilt it too far - I see this being a frustrating battle with your phone to get it to do right thing.
It's sunny out.. tilt your phone to see it better.. Doh! Just activated the camera! lol
Neat concept, but I don't see it being accepted at all.
6. Commentator (Posts: 2394; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Never mind trying to use it in a moving car...
Just because an idea is cool doesn't mean it's practical. Remember how 3D TV's are supposed to be the future? Yeah, neither do I.
8. ArtSim98 (limited) (Posts: 2738; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Personal 3D headsets are the real thing :)
35. Lauticol (Posts: 195; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)
Yeah, I have a 3D TV, it's cool, but you have very little content to watch!
32. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2969; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Yea I see it becoming very annoying and fast. I'm sick of all these gimmicks coming out, just give us the basics. Change isn't bad but it's not always good.
5. checkmymike (Posts: 81; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)
Well the tilting motion will only be useful to those who have no fingers.
9. shuaibhere (Posts: 1419; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
Why should I tilt when I can just tap or swipe????
13. AstronautJones (Posts: 262; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)
Agree 100%. Seems like a lot of work to fix something not broken. I wish them luck in proving me wrong.
11. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2001; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
This phone looks dangerously similar to a Lumia 900. I hope they don't get sued.
14. Commentator (Posts: 2394; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
I think that's just a case around the device to hide what it actually looks like. It's not uncommon for companies to do that.
12. superfans (Posts: 142; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)
congratulation ! lumia mix with iPhone = the new born amazon smartphone.
16. Kamehameha (Posts: 44; Member since: 21 Apr 2014)
Why not something useful, like a completely voice controlled phone??
18. ArtSim98 (limited) (Posts: 2738; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
lolol So you want to be talking to your phone everywhere? lol How stupid that would look like and how embarrassing that would feel like. Imagine trying to voice control your phone in the loud streets...
17. gh0s7 (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 Sep 2013)
You guys do realize that the phone is in a privacy case so if (and obviously when) it does leak, the public still can't see the actual design
21. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 241; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)
Motion gestures with 4 cameras, wth.. why not achieve the effect with gyro + accelerometer?!
23. bubbadoes (Posts: 326; Member since: 03 May 2012)
Coming from Amazon, it will be a Amazon shopping centric device, and no different than the tablets Amazon offers under it's branding.
24. Diego! (Posts: 504; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)
Microsoft (now owner of Nokia) suing in 3, 2, 1.... It looks EXACTLY THE SAME as Nokia Lumia 900!
25. Finest (Posts: 76; Member since: 16 Aug 2013)
I hope this works well in a low light environment
26. zennacko (Posts: 234; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)
When I first read "IR sensors" I was like "YAY FLIR!" but it's just more head/eye tracking, as if our lives weren't tracked enough already.
30. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2962; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Leftovers from April Fool's day? Seems like it. Though I had a good laugh. Amazon makes some super moronic stuff. I guess they aren't afraid of failure :)
31. Heatfan316 (Posts: 412; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
Bwahahahaha!!! BGR! That site is a joke, not a credible source, plus the editors are hacks and they're borderline illiterate, if any of you have read an article on their site you know I mean.
33. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2962; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
I always thought that BGR didn't get their name quite right. It should have been FBGR:
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