Amazon – a company that was best known for their online marketplace and hosting solutions until two years ago, when the company unveiled the Kindle Fire – is reportedly developing a new smartphone, as well as a competitor to the iPod.
The smartphone supposedly will include a 3D screen as a primary feature, while the iPod competitor will rely on Amazon’s admittedly-great online music streaming service. Both devices would likely follow Amazon’s recent trend of selling hardware at-cost in hopes of making it up later on content sales, which would make both devices very cheap to purchase outright.
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.