Last week marked a major development for the long-rumored idea of an Amazon smartphone, as the first convincing pictures of development hardware leaked. Just as we’d been hearing about for months and months, the handset featured an array of front-facing cameras, fitting with rumors of an elaborate 3D in-air gesture control system. It remains to be seen just how useful or practical that arrangement might be, but it’s hard to deny that this could be an eye-catching feature that Amazon may use to set its phone apart from competitors. Today we learn of another unusual idea Amazon may be thinking about for how owners will interact with its phone, with word that tilt control may factor heavily into the user experience.
After bringing us those first pics, BGR is back with this new account of the phone’s interface. While the 3D gesture stuff will still be a big part of how users interact with the handset, tilt controls could take a front-seat role, as well. Based on the information these sources provide, tilting the phone will often prompt apps to display additional information. For instance, a quick tilt may prompt previously unlabeled icons to reveal their names, or call up movie ratings to appear atop poster thumbnails.
Tilting could further serve to replace traditional menu buttons in apps; it all sounds like quite the ambitious undertaking by Amazon. Smartphone users are pretty used to swiping and tapping by now, though, and we wonder just how easily many might make the transition to these new input methods.
In addition to all this talk about control schemes, we also hear that the Amazon smartphone may integrate OCR technology with its camera app, in order to quickly save images of signs or documents as text notes, all ready to be searched-for or emailed.