Can Amazon resurrect the 3D smartphone dream?

Can Amazon resurrect the 3D smartphone dream?Now here's an eye-opener: the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Amazon's long-rumoured smartphone project will deliver not one, but two smartphones, and that one of them will have a 3D screen.

Yes, that's the same 3D that fell flat on its mobile face two years ago despite the best efforts of LG and HTC, never to be heard from again. Or so we thought.

The WSJ's sources reckon one of Amazon's new breed of smartphones will feature a screen that allows for glasses-free 3D viewing from any angle. A built-in retina tracker will “float” images above the screen's surface relative to your viewing position and creating the 3D effect.

The same tracking tech will apparently also enable users to navigate through content using just their eyes, the sources claim.

All that sounds fair enough in theory, but then it also did two years ago when LG launched the Optimus 3D and we all know what happened then.

In reality, it's about how well Amazon executes it all, and what else it brings to the table in support. And even then, will it be enough to drive 3D back into our mobile consciousness again? I have my doubts, but we'll have to wait and see.

Sadly, we still have no idea when, where and for how much Amazon's smartphones will be available.

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JanSt / MOD  May. 10, 2013 at 23:03


moonmonkey  May. 10, 2013 at 23:22

Sounds like very good sources to me, sigh! "Though Amazon has goals of releasing some of these devices in the coming months, these people cautioned that some or all of the devices could be shelved because of performance, financial or other concerns."...

martinwallis  May. 11, 2013 at 08:48

They can try and then they can fail, but that's their stupid ass choice I suppose.

JanSt / MOD  May. 11, 2013 at 09:03

Yeah - but who isn't waiting for Jaws XXI 3D?

Guan  May. 11, 2013 at 19:14

Oi! Stop bashing my Optimus 3D! We owners of LG's disowned child do plenty of that ourselves :p
I know it's only ICS but it kicks the ass of any other £100ish phone out there!

Currently running MIUI V5 3.5.3 on mine:

JanSt / MOD  May. 11, 2013 at 20:40

It's like ...I can touch it... OMFG [>_<]


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