Amazon's smartphone rumored for a June announcement

Last week, Amazon held a press event that led to the eventual release of Fire TV. For years, it has been rumored that Amazon would be releasing a smartphone that would compete in the already crowded market with the likes of Apple, Samsung, and others. Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos has steadily diversified Amazon's offerings by introducing hardware devices over the past couple of years. Today, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Amazon will announce its smartphone device in June for an early holiday release in September.

According to the WSJ:

Amazon has been demonstrating versions of the handset to developers in San Francisco and its hometown Seattle in recent weeks. Amazon has been inviting select app and software developers to hotels to demonstrate the handset in suites protected by security guards.

While it isn't certain what kind of operating system this device will run, it is a high probability that Amazon might create another forked version of Android for the device. What is certain with people familiar with the device is that it will have a display that is capable of displaying three-dimensional images, without the use of glasses or special equipment. It will accomplish this by utilizing a retina tracking technology that will be embedded within the front facing cameras (four) and sensors. This effect would be similar to what can be currently seen on the Nintendo 3DS.

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torrentthief said,
a phone that scan's your eyes every time you use it, that doesn't sound too good to me.

It might come wrapped in tin foil too.

I doubt it but there's no reason why they couldn't build on the work Nokia's done with the X and bundle Microsoft services as replacements for Google services.

I think this will try and integrate everything Amazon has released to date. kindle fire, fire tv, dash, etc. all into one product thats mobile.

Just as long as it isn't the Kindle interface. My step daughter has a Kindle Fire and the GUI is just horrible compared to stock Android or standard issue ones. They force ads on the device on the home screen to unlock and w/o rooting, there is no way to control those. Not only that, but when you use it, they don't have any real means of parental control unless you choose from two different apps which may or may not work.

Medfordite said,
Just as long as it isn't the Kindle interface.

Wasn't terribly thrilled with the Fire's stock ROM at the time either, stayed on my Fire for almost two days before it got dumped in favor of Cyanogen. The device itself was decent for the time, the software not so much. Cyanogen's got it's own issues too (it can be.. finicky) but it's at least passable now, never mind having Play access. Maybe Amazon's apps has improved since then, can't comment on it's current state.

Medfordite said,
Just as long as it isn't the Kindle interface. My step daughter has a Kindle Fire and the GUI is just horrible compared to stock Android or standard issue ones. They force ads on the device on the home screen to unlock and w/o rooting, there is no way to control those. Not only that, but when you use it, they don't have any real means of parental control unless you choose from two different apps which may or may not work.

I think it's a safe bet that it WILL be some form of Amazons own UI and nothing stock Android, they're going to match it with the kindle line and run the same apps and services and have another device for their own closed ecosystem.