Amazon smartphone: Could device revolutionise usage?
Amazon has long been rumoured to be delving into the smartphone market in the future, and it seems that if it does decide to do so, the company could be invested in innovation rather than simply following the crowd.
The step into the highly competitive smartphone market makes sense for Amazon. In recent years, the online retailer has already taken successful leaps of faith into both the e-reader and tablet markets with its Kindle and Kindle Fire devices, it stands to reason that it would expect itself to be able to challenge the likes of Samsung, Apple and Sony in the smartphone sector.
So far, little is known about the proposed phone, but rumours have been as frequent as they have been exciting. And the latest raft of predictions and believed leaks have been no different, with many now expecting that the company will add yet another innovative feature to its phone.
But just what can Amazon do that no one else does? Apparently the answer is to simply completely change the way that we use our devices. Sounds like a big deal, but it seems that the firm is once again looking to make itself totally stand out from the crowd, just as it has done many times before.
The new innovation could see us able to view the screen on the phone from a number of different angles, with infrared sensors held on the face of the phone able to detect where your own face is, similar to the way in which Microsoft's XBox Kinect always knows where the user is in relation to the device.
Rumours have been circulated by BGR, which said it had spoken with multiple trusted sources in order to formulate the leaks.
However, this will not be the only revolutionary change to the way smartphone owners make use of their phones, with BGR also stating that the phone may actually have tilt sensors in built that will make it far easier to use the device in one hand, something that might have been difficult given its mammoth 4.7-inch screen.
It will mean that users will be able to bring certain functions to the correct part of the screen for essential usage, giving them the power to do it all with just one hand.
And that's not all, either. It is believed that certain parts of the tilt functionality will mean that users can open hidden apps and other parts of the phone without even needing to actually touch the device at all, something which has never been possible in the past. This could mean tilting a map to reveal reviews for restaurants nearby, for example.
This new functionality will add to the other rumours that have been rife in recent times, and have included things such as a 3D display, trumping all of those companies that have been racing to be the first to get out a quad-HD screen.