Amazon 3D smartphone, due to drop in September
Some secretive source told The Wall Street Journal that Amazon is gearing up to launch a smartphone in Autumn. Makes sense, given that they've already got the set-top Fire TV and a variety of Kindles on the go. Amazon, it seems, have worked out that there's money to be had in flogging hardware.
According to the sources, the retailer have shown off a number of prototypes to developers, hoping to have a decision in time for the summer reveal. Apparently, the Amazon phone will have a display that renders 3D images without the need for 3D glasses, which is a fun gimmick.
It has also been suggested that the phone will have retina-tracking technology, which will help the four cameras the phone will host. Sounds like a huge battery drain from here.
Worth noting though, is that this new handset is likely to have Amazon's Android spinoff operating system. While that is fine, if the newest Kindles are anything to go by, you could be irritated by the lack of Google Play store and, sadly for Amazon, their appstore isn't nearly as comprehensive as the competition. Developers, it seems, aren't too fussed about making apps for Amazon devices just yet.
However, with the TV box and more hardware on the go, Amazon might pull their finger out so users can have access to all the apps you'd find on an Android device.
In other hardware news, seems like the phone will have a 4.7-inch screen, a 13MP camera on the back, a 12MP camera on the front, and a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor. An Amazon phone has been rumoured for a long time, so don't hold your breath if you're holding out for one.