On June 18th, Amazon is rumored to be releasing their newest device…a smartphone – Fire Phone. This much anticipated subject of numerous leaks is entering a very competitive market place, and for that reason alone it had better be good. Amazon is the undisputed king of affordable electronics — it’s Kindle Fire HDX costs just $229, while the iPad mini with Retina Display retails for $399– but unfortunately, Amazon cannot rely on it’s low prices to win over buyers, and they are apparently aware of this.
This new device will feature 3D capabilities, with four cameras located in each of the front four corners of the device that reportedly track the users head and make the device virtually touch/tap free. In addition, it will use the Kindle Fire OS operating system, and while the system itself isn’t new, the ability to use it on a smartphone is revolutionary.
OK, I’m listening. So what can I DO with it?
- 1 OK, I’m listening. So what can I DO with it?
- 2 That’s great, but I live in Turkey Scratch, Arkansas, and I need maps. Lots of maps.
- 2.1 My wife likes to shop while she’s getting her hair done. Can she do that on this phone? She’s in luck! You, maybe not so much. Amazon’s various stores, including it’s music store, book store and main Amazon marketplace, are all rumored to be included as part of the package. And with a tilt of the phone, users can see three-dimensional product images at different angles that cannot be seen with 2D images. It totally defines new Mobile Shopping experience. How exciting would it be when shopping clothes and even rotate some samples in 3D? Do I have to walk around wearing those goofy glasses?
- 2.2 I’m an executive with a very busy schedule and life. How does this new device make my life easier?
- 2.3 Can I video chat with Fire Phone?
- 2.4 Do we know how much it will cost?
- 3 I’m addicted to Siri. Is Amazon offering Siri?
According to BCG, he new Amazon Smartphone (Fire Phone? Kindle Phone? Only time will tell.) features 3D technology that allows it to track the position of the users head and with some additional sensors, the camera will facilitate gesture based commands, allowing access to menus and other basic features.
Suppose you’re on the train, squashed in like sardines. Your left arm is firmly grasping your briefcase so that it doesn’t grow legs and wander off, and in your right hand is the amazing new Amazon Smartphone. You’ve maneuvered your hand up to the point where you can actually see the phone, but using your left hand for any sort of activity is impossible. No problem. By tilting either your head or the phone, you can access hidden side panels with apps and information not visible on the main screen.
That’s great, but I live in Turkey Scratch, Arkansas, and I need maps. Lots of maps.
They’ve got maps. The map app is part of the 3D system. Open your app, find the location you’re looking for, and then tilt the screen (or your head) and get a different 3D view of the objects on the screen.