The Wall Street Journal claims that Amazon is developing not one, but two smartphones, presumably as a part of its Kindle line of hardware products to push forward its content ecosystem to more people.
One of the two smartphones will be a high-end model, with features like a 3D display:
One of the devices is a high-end smartphone featuring a screen that allows for 3-D images without glasses, these people said. Using retina-tracking technology, images on the smartphone would seem to float above the screen like a hologram and appear three-dimensional at all angles, they said. Users may be able to navigate through content using just their eyes, two of the people said.
The idea of a 3D display in a smartphone is nothing new — many Android manufactures bundled such displays in their smartphones, but none of them succeeded. Eye-tracking isn’t new either. The key question here would be, could Amazon make these features much more than a gimmick? Till now all implementations we’ve seen have flopped.
The company’s also said to be developing an audio-streaming device, as well as a set-top box. Amazon’s targeting a release of some of these devices within the next few months, but not all of them are guaranteed to see the light of the day.