Posts tagged with: Amazon Phone
  • by | April 15, 2014 11:02 AM

    Late last week, we brought you the latest in a long series of rumors about Amazon's efforts towards the release of the company's first smartphone. Over the months, there had been talk of multiple models, possible plans for subsidized sales, and a very unusual eye-tracking system using multiple cameras to allow the phone to create a pseudo-3D effect without the need for a special screen. That recent update attempted to sort things out about a possible release schedule, but did little to further our understanding about any of this hardware itself. Today, however, we're finally ready to get ...

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  • by | April 11, 2014 7:13 PM

    Last fall, the long-rumored Amazon smartphone started sounding pretty interesting, as reports distinguished it from run-of-the-mill slates by suggesting that Amazon would give the phone an elaborate series of eye-tracking cameras, capable of producing pseudo-3D parallax effects without the need for a specialized display. That rumor's now back alongside news that Amazon's been showing off the hardware to developers, and some new updates on the company's plans for the phone help us narrow-down when to expect an official announcement. Back in March, we heard that Amazon would launch the phone ...

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  • by | March 20, 2014 11:42 AM

    After dropping off the radar for several months, last week news of Amazon's first smartphone found itself back on our radar, picking up the name “Project Aria” and getting pegged by rumors as being in the works for a release later this year. It was nice to get an update suggesting that the project was still moving forward, but what about the details? Were some of those crazy features like a multi-camera gesture tracking system still in the running? And could we maybe narrow-down that release window a little bit? Today we hear from an industry analyst who believes he has this Amazon ...

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  • by | March 13, 2014 5:49 PM

    If it feels like it's been a while since we talked about an Amazon smartphone, that's probably because it has been. Last fall, rumors about one or more Amazon handsets were running rampant, talking about features like an advanced camera system for 3D gesture control or suggesting that HTC might be producing this hardware for Amazon. But then all of a sudden, that news dried up; we hadn't heard a thing since October. Now, four months removed, these Amazon rumors are bubbling back up to the surface, claiming that a launch is due sometime this year. First up, we get that codename, Project ...

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  • by | October 30, 2013 5:43 PM

    Amazon's first smartphone could be a pretty impressive piece of hardware, if some of the rumors we've been hearing check out. Putting aside the question of what company might actually design and manufacture the hardware for a moment, we've been hearing about a handset with pseudo-3D visual effects and in-air motion tracking. That latter system would supposedly work thanks to an array of cameras around the phone's corners, and today we get a little more detail on the hardware. Sure enough, there should be four little cameras at the corners, each with a VGA resolution. That's rubbish for ...

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  • by | October 24, 2013 4:31 PM

    Fun fact: flame wars, petty bickering, and troll hijinks aren't just confined to the online world; they find a ready home in corporate tactics as well. That's a reality we were reminded of this week, as Apple announced its new iPad family on the same day Nokia unveiled not just its first Windows-based tablet, but also the first-ever Windows Phone phablets, at its Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi. Predictably, the Apple news obliterated Nokia's announcement in the news cycle - but, the Pocketnow Weekly being a platform-agnostic, equal-opportunity podcast, we're gonna cover both new device ...

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  • by | October 23, 2013 7:02 AM

    HTC needs help. Despite a restructuring of its smartphone lineup, compelling models like the flagship One, and investing heavily in advertising, it's facing unprecedented losses. We've heard about efforts to shake things up a little in upper management, but even with the progress that may bring, the company still has some tricky times to get through before it might find itself on more solid ground. That means that HTC is open to plenty of unusual ideas, looking for that spark that will really help revitalize things and get the company moving back on track. Maybe that could take the form of ...

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  • by | October 16, 2013 5:28 PM

    A little earlier this week we heard a report claiming that HTC and Amazon had joined forces to work towards producing the retailer's long-rumored smartphone, and suggesting that they'd been developing three separate models. We're still trying to piece together what actually might be going on here, but today we get a little more to go on, with some new details arriving about this supposed partnership. For one, this new info – which Bloomberg attributes to a pair of sources – is more specific than that earlier report that HTC and Amazon may not release a phone at all. Even though they ...

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  • by | October 15, 2013 2:02 PM

    Rumors about an Amazon smartphone go back years, and even with the pace picking up in recent months, updates have been few and far between. Earlier this year, some of those rumors looked to the idea of a heavily subsidized, if not free handset, claims Amazon was quick to refute. We also heard about plans for a pair of phones, one a more typical handset, and one possibly featuring an unusual pseudo-3D UI and supporting in-air gesture interactions. Today we're looking into just how this hardware might come to market, with suggestions that HTC might partner with Amazon for this effort. ...

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  • by | October 3, 2013 12:11 PM

    Amazon recently announced its latest batch of Kindle Fire tablets, and while it had a nice assortment of new models to show off, tablets were the only thing on the agenda; what about those long-standing rumors of an Amazon smartphone? This past spring, those rumors latched-on to the idea that this Amazon phone could bring back the 3D display, briefly coming in to our lives with models like the HTC Evo 3D before we all lost interest. However, talk about "retina tracking" had us wondering if this wasn't actually real 3D at all, and just an elaborate software trick to create the illusion of ...

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  • by | September 9, 2013 7:27 AM

    If Amazon was after some free press last week, they definitely got a lot of it with the rumors that they were not just working on building their own phone, but that they'd also offer this device for free to Amazon Prime customers. We all know about the benefits of paying Amazon $80 a year in advanced, and it did make sense for the company to give a smartphone a try given their Android app store. Sadly, an Amazon spokes person just came on record with the Wall Street Journal, and confirmed that the company is definitely not planning on building a phone in 2013. They also confirmed that if ...

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  • by | April 2, 2013 2:12 AM

    We've heard tons of rumors regarding an Amazon phone for the last couple of years. It still hasn't become a reality, and many of us believe it has to do with Amazon's closed business model, which has only proven to be mildly good on their tablet offerings as a strategy. Now, once you start noticing that Charlie Kindel, former General Manager of the Windows Phone developer platform, show up for work at Amazon on Monday, and being in charge of a secret program, rumors get good. This is the first time we see Amazon actually hiring a high-caliber executive from any other company focused on ...

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