Report: Amazon's Wacky 3D Phone Will Also Have Gesture Controls

Rumor has it, Amazon is cooking up a crazy smartphone with all kinds of customization, six cameras, and 3D features. Although there isn't a whole lot that's new here, BGR has just posted a deeper dive into what the actual software might look like, the most notable part of which is a whole host of tilt-activated gesture controls.

Per BGR:

By tilting the handset in different directions while the device is in use, Amazon's interface will display additional information on the screen without the user having to touch or tap anything.

In the phone's email and calendar apps where small icons are displayed with no labels, a slight tilt will reveal labels beneath each icon, informing the user of its function. If the user performs a tilt gesture after searching for a restaurant in the maps app, Yelp ratings will appear on top of the various results plotted on the map.

We've heard rumors like this before, but BGR tends to be a good source on Amazon hardware in particular. And while tilt-activated also doesn't seem all that novel, it's certainly a gimmick that would make Amazon's phone different from other Android devices. That and the army of cameras. [BGR]

Report: This Could Be Amazon's Rumored 3D Smartphone

BGR has photos it claims show the long-rumored Amazon smartphone. According to the report, the phone sports six cameras, and a novel hardware interface that creates a glasses-free 3D effect.

What you're looking at in the image above is a photo of the phone covered in a protective case that obfuscates its design, so that unauthorized eyes can't take a look at what's going on under that shell. According to the report, this is one of two phones the company is developing. The first to launch will have a Snapdragon processor and 2GB of RAM. Those are standard specs seen on every flagship smartphone out there today.


Amazon's phone will supposedly sport a 4.7-inch, 720p display. That screen size would be approximately the same as competitors, though lower resolution than the 1920 x 1080 flagships out there.

As for those six cameras, BGR says they will be used to track your eye position so that the phone can continuously alter the position of the elements on the screen to help achieve a 3D effect on the phone's home screen wallpapers and in several apps. It's out of character for Amazon to use such advanced technology. The company usually opts for the value play, offering cheaper hardware than its premium competitors.

The folks at BGR have a solid track record on Amazon leaks, so we're inclined to believe the report. They say they've got several sources, but as always, a rumor is a rumor until we've seen the real announcement. [BGR]