Such a product has been rumoured for a long time, with further rumours establishing the likelyhood that the screen of it will be 3D-capable, rumours which are now close to being confirmed, according to leaked reports by BGR.
The device, still yet to be confirmed by the online retail specialists, is one which is set to be able to utilise ‘unique gesture controls’, as opposed to a finger-based touchscreen (or the tried-and-apparently-now-slipping flexible screens). More literally on top of that fact, a key function of this currently hypothetical handset is reportedly to display ‘additional details’ if the device is tilted in a different direction, a feate believed to be accomplished via ‘retina-tracking technology’ embedded within four corner-based ‘front-facing cameras’ carrying sensors.
An example given is that labels are set to appear underneath app icons in order to offer a description of their function, whilst, tilting the device in a maps service can bring up a business’ Yelp ratings in an almost augmented-reality presentation format above the map location. For Amazon’s more in-house services, the innovation is thought to include integration of IMDb ratings and information on top of a title in Amazon’s video stores, and tilting to display alternative imagery on any product within Amazon’s main retail site.
Adding to the augmented reality side of the phone’s potential, it is thought that a further feature could be the ability to use the rear-facing camera as a means of ‘reading’ and interpreting written documents or general text on real-life objects into more legible computerised versions that can instantly be converted into a passage of text on-screen, in a similar manner to language translation services available around the internet.
However, the innovations could be at the cost of what consumers are now used to, with plans also reportedly featuring the potential removal of any touchscreen menu buttons, with tilting again the method of control in that area of the product, though innovation will again come in the movements triggering ’tiles’ to appear in ‘X-ray’ format overlaying the existing screen.
Whether or not such options will be available upon Amazon’s highly-anticipated announcement remains to be seen, though there could be an assumption that whatever released, unlike Apple’s recent slowing of innovative features, will at least be… something different…
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