RumorTT: Amazon to launch its own smartphone later this year

Amazon is interested in developing its own smartphone, which would separate itself from the competition by embracing 3D without glasses.

Published Fri, Apr 11 2014 4:20 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:17 PM CST

Amazon reportedly plans to enter the crowded smartphone market during the third or fourth quarter of 2014, in an effort to compete with the Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy Google Android-powered devices, according to early reports from the Wall Street Journal.

RumorTT: Amazon to launch its own smartphone later this year |

The prototype device has been secretly tested in San Francisco and Seattle over the past few weeks, with an official company announcement slated before July - and the phone could be available as early as September.

It's unsure what type of operating system the device would use, though would likely be some type of modified Android OS.

Amazon wants to include 3D technology making use of four front-facing sensors to display something like a hologram for phone owners. Previous rumors indicated Amazon would include a feature so phone owners can take a picture of items and easily find the product for sale through Amazon.

Amazon is continually looking to expand its business to keep consumers more engaged, including talks about a set-top box and video streaming service.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog,, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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