The video doesn’t give much away, but there’s a lot of “oohs” and “aahs” and much moving around and shaking to elicit some sort of response from whatever device the subjects are using, which seems to confirm eye/movement tracking features, and perhaps, confirm earlier rumors about a glasses-free 3D experience. The Amazon smartphone could also have many of the same enterprise-oriented features as the company’s Kindle Fire tablets, and it could prove to be well suited for BYOD.
A number of images of the purported Fire Phone, which is expected to run a customize version of Android, were leaked in April. They show what appear to be five separate front-facing cameras, some or all of which could be used to track user movement and create some type of unique UI experience.
I’ve requested an invite to Amazon’s event, and I hope to be in Seattle on June 18, Fire Phone or no Fire Phone.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.