Amazon’s Fire Phone Announced
Amazon has announced they’re coming out with their very first smartphone, the Fire Phone. Most people don’t see the hype about the phone; it’s capabilities dont’ seem to be a game changer for the industry. However, Amazon believes to have a few features that will benefit users in a way other phones cannot.
First things First
The phone is available for pre-order today and will ship on July 25th. The phone will be exclusive with AT&T, for now. They should be in stores on the same day as they’re being shipped. The Fire Phone runs on an Open Source version of Android, which is Fire OS 3.5.0
The price of the phone is within the industry standards:
- $199.99 for 32 GB
- $299.99 for 64 GB
- $649.99 for 32 GB – Off contract
- $749.99 for 64 GB – Off contract
Look and Feel
Screen size is 4.7-inches (compare to Apple’s 4-inch screen) with Gorilla Glass 3 on the front and back. It should be fine to operate one-handed. They pretty much have relatively the same features as the rest of the phone manufacturers.
Amazon has included an interface called Dynamic Perspective that allows 3D images to adjust to the user’s head position. The demonstration by the company’s CEO was showing a map of the Empire State Builing, and the building looked as if it was popping out of the phone.
Another neat feature is the ability to tilt the phone to see additional features while viewing the maps app, like yelp reviews. Eventually, this will be available to developers who are making a game app, which will make the user feel like they’re inside the game.
There’s also a feature called “Firefly” that requires a user to hold a designated button that will recognize printed text. It can pick up any text, near or far. Whether it’s a taxi’s number off the car, a restaurant’s name, or a billboard, it will identify it. The purpose for this feature is to avoid having the user go into their browser or make a phone call themselves.
Firefly also has an entire database that recognizes movies, TV shows, lyrics, and much more!
What do you think of the Fire Phone? Game changer or not? We would love to hear your thoughts.
Interested to see what’s to come in the next few months!
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