For most smartphone users, battery life, screen quality and app availability are the major concerns. Amazon’s decided to change the standard smartphone drastically by potentially offering 3D screens. While other manufacturers are focused on bigger screens or better overall displays, rumors about Amazon’s latest plans could change everything we’re currently used to.
While 3D wouldn’t be a must have for many users, others would flock to try out the latest and greatest in smartphone technology. Considering the popularity of the Kindle, any smartphone from Amazon would definitely generate more than a little buzz. Add in 3D and Amazon could be on to something big.
* So far, the possibility of an Amazon smartphone is still just rumor. However, the latest rumors have Amazon working on not one, but two different devices.
* The first device would basically be a Kindle turned smartphone. The second would be an incredibly innovative smartphone featuring 3D technology.
* Many are excited just from the rumor as the 3D smartphone wouldn’t require any special glasses to view images.
* Amazon’s currently focusing most of their efforts on a set-top box and streaming music device, so it could still be a while before anything definitive is released about a futuristic Amazon 3D phone.
* According to unnamed sources, the 3D technology would work using retina-tracking to create a holographic image that would have the appearance of 3D no matter what angle the image was viewed from.
* CNET contacted Amazon for comments, but a spokesperson stated the company doesn’t release comments on rumors.
* All of Amazon’s latest hardware ventures are being developed in Cupertino, California at Amazon’s Lab126 location. The projects are known as the Alphabet Project with each being assigned a single letter as a code name.
* Despite what seems to be a fun and exciting development, some are already hoping the technology never sees the light of day. Wired.com believes no one really wants holograms on their phone.
* According to Wired, the technology needed to pull off such a feat isn’t available yet. Even if it were, developers would still have a difficult time adopting and using it to create workable 3D apps.
* Another problem with a possible 3D smartphone is the added drain on battery life. With the retina-tracking constantly running the background when the phone is in use, the battery would die faster than ever.
* One major concern is privacy. With holographic images, private data may become more visible to people around you.
While it may all be speculation and nothing more, it is worth at least pondering. Would 3D technology make smartphones better or harder to use? Either way, Amazon has their plate full if the rumors are true. At the very least, it may make the competition add the feature to their own wish lists.