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Amazon blasts Internet with word of June 18 launch event

updated 05:21 pm EDT, Wed June 4, 2014

Device could be rumored smartphone, testimonials indicate visual tracking

A teaser video from Amazon gives some clues to a new device being launched later this month. The company will be announcing a new device on June 18, which many believe will be the long-rumored smartphone. Amazon doesn't say what the device is going to be, but clues can be picked in up various places. By looking at the reactions in the video and seeing other small clues in the invite requests, conclusions can be drawn to the release of the phone with a 3D interface.

From the testimonials delivered in Amazon's teaser videos, people seem to be awestruck by something they are seeing. This doesn't appear to be just the look of the device, but in something that it does when they move their heads around. If early information uncovered about Amazon's upcoming smartphone is to be believed, this could very well be the phone the people in the video are looking at. It has been indicated that the device would be able to produce 3D images using sensors and cameras within the phone.

The form to request an invite to the launch also gives a little hint as to what the device might be. A section for developers asks questions about developing apps and using sensors within them. A specific question asks if an attendee would be interested in developing an app that "utilizes a novel type of sensor." The image on the form also points to leaked design photos of the smartphone as well.

All of these small details point to Amazon releasing their smartphone. Given how some of people seem to be interacting with the device slightly off-screen, it can be inferred that it is something handheld. One person even said that the device moved along with her, giving better evidence that it utilizes the glasses-free 3D feature.

Amazon's smartphone hasn't been a very tightly-kept secret, with information circulating since last year. It'll be interesting to see how the company handles the pricing, especially if it decides to give the device away for free with an Amazon Prime subscription.

by MacNN Staff



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