ONLINE RETAIL GIANT Amazon is rumoured to be working on a glasses-free 3D smartphone to challenge Apple and Samsung, according to the Wall Street Journal.
It's long been speculated that Amazon is working on a smartphone device, and the firm last month hired smartphone specialist Charlie Kindel, apparently to get the cogs moving. We still can't help but think that Amazon hired him only because of his name.
Now the Wall Street Journal has heard from its usually reliable sources that Amazon is working on two smartphones, one of which will take on the Samsung Galaxy S4 with its eye-tracking 3D technology. This apparently will track the user's eyes to give the impression that images are floating above the screen. This technology reportedly will also let users scroll through menus and galleries simply by moving their eyes, a feature that echoes Samsung's Touchwiz eye-scrolling technology.
Not much else is known about the anticipated Amazon smartphone, although the report said that the phone will also feature a Qualcomm processor with support for 4G LTE. It's also likely to be affordable like the firm's Kindle line to compete with the Google Nexus 4, and we're assuming it will run Google's Android mobile operating system.
The Wall Street Journal reported that, as well as a duo of smartphones, Amazon is also planning a media streaminfg device to play audio through WiFi connected speakers and TVs. This is likely to follow Amazon's launch of its own music streaming service to rival Spotify and Pandora, which is expected to appear later this year.
Amazon said it does not comment on rumour or speculation. µ
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