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Amazon to release a smartphone with 4 cameras for 3D capabilities

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After making waves with the Kindle Fire tablet, it seems like Amazon has gained to enough confidence to breach the next frontier – smartphones. A so-called ‘Amazon phone’ is doing rounds on the net. In fact, reports are surfacing that Amazon is working on not one but two smartphones. The buzz  is that one of these phones will pack in 3D capabilities with multiple cameras for facial recognition.

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“But the people familiar with the plans said the smartphone and set-top box are just two elements of a broader foray into hardware that also includes the audiostreaming device and the high-end smartphone with the 3-D screen.

Inside Amazon’s Lab126 facility in Cupertino, Calif., where each of the devices have been under development, the efforts are known as Project A, B, C and D, or collectively the Alphabet Projects, said the people familiar with the plans.” Says WSJ.

The phone, currently called ‘Smith’ will use  four cameras – one placed on every edge of the handset to track one’s eyes and head and create an illusion of a 3D screen. There might also be a fifth, rear camera for taking pictures and video and by all accounts this would be a very high-end phone. The company also might pack its very own Fire OS in these phones.

Fire OS is a tweaked version of Android, currently being used on tabs such as the Kindle Fire HD. While there is no confirmation on this front, we hope its just not conjcture

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