More details break on upcoming Amazon smartphones

We seem to have been talking about Amazon smartphones for months, if not years. But still we await a launch. That still doesn't sound imminent, but more details are definitely building up the picture.

According to TechCrunch, Amazon is developing two smartphones, one inexpensive model, no doubt following the Kindle tablet model, with a second one, codenamed Smith, said to use 3D eye-tracking interface.

The 'Smith' project is a device that features four cameras, one at each corner of the device that will be used to track eye and head motions in order to move the interface around to 'give the impression' of 3D. There has also been software testing on a feature that will recognise the user's face and ignore other faces around it, so only you get the 3D perspective.

Of course, this wouldn't be an Amazon device without some up selling. In this case, there is said to be an image recognition feature that lets users take a shot of any real-world object and match it to an Amazon product for purchase. That could be a way of keeping the price down - as the money might be coming from elsewhere.

The operating system is likely to be a 'heavily modified' version of Android that supports the 3D views. So if you move your head you can see things like media player buttons that move around and can even 'peek' off the edges of the screen to see things not visible from the front. All experimental, but likely to be appearing in some form in the final version.

The second 'value' device is said to use basic software that is similar to that found on the Kindle Fire tablets (FireOS), with the smartphone possibly launching before the year is out, but it might slip into next year.

Right now, these devices are being kept hidden from view within Amazon's HQ, so not much of a chance of seeing a leaked photo just yet. But when more general takes place, there might be a leak or two then. We'll keep our ear to the ground.

Source: TechCrunch

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