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Amazon smartphone 4-5 inches and already in testing tip manufacturers

Amazon smartphone 4-5 inches and already in testing tip manufacturers

Amazon is currently testing prototype smartphones, with mass production potentially starting late in 2012 or early next year, with a screen size of 4-5 inches according to insiders. The online retailer is working with component suppliers on the hardware, sources at those suppliers confirmed to the WSJ, echoing reports last week that a smaller version of the Kindle Fire tablet was in the pipeline.

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Amazon patents ear-scanning technology for unlocking smartphones

Amazon patents ear-scanning technology for unlocking smartphones

Forget typing in a four-digit code, or drawing a specific shape as a passcode, and even using your fingerprint to unlock your smartphone. Amazon thinks that the next great way to secure your digital device is by scanning the shape of you ear. The company has just received a patent for technology that would scan your ear with a phone's front-facing camera, unlocking it as you hold the device to the side of your face when answering a call.

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Amazon Fire Phone review: The shopper’s smartphone

Amazon Fire Phone review: The shopper’s smartphone

When Amazon wades into a new segment, competitors take note, and few devices have been so nervously anticipated as the Fire Phone. Amazon's first smartphone doesn't just put Prime in your pocket, it also pushes the limits of UI, with its quartet of Dynamic Perspective cameras, and computational photography, with Firefly. Ambitious, then, but Jeff Bezos & Co. have seldom lacked that. Question is, does the Fire Phone deserve to be the hottest handset in town?

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AT&T tipped to exclusively offer Amazon’s smartphone

AT&T tipped to exclusively offer Amazon’s smartphone

The Amazon smartphone will be an AT&T exclusive, it's reported, and is expected to begin shipping in September in time for the 2014 holiday season. The handset, so-far unnamed, is believed to be revealed on Wednesday this week by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in an event in Seattle, and use an innovative face tracking technology to deliver 3D graphics.

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Five things we need to see from Amazon’s smartphone

Five things we need to see from Amazon’s smartphone

As Amazon prepares to give us something new, we’ve been wondering just what we should be looking for from them. We’ve all but confirmed we’re getting a smartphone from Amazon, so what would get us away from our current model? Can Amazon coerce us into dropping iOS or Android for their ecosystem? If they do these five things, they have a chance!

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Amazon Kindle smartphone near tip insiders

Amazon Kindle smartphone near tip insiders

The smartphone wars are about to crank up a notch, with retailer Amazon tipped to be readying a handset of its own that, while likely based on Android, would undoubtedly diverge from Google's ambitions for the platform. Amazon is working with Foxconn - the company that also produces Apple's iPhone - according to insider whispers to Bloomberg, with the retailer apparently quietly building up its mobile patent portfolio in a pre-emptive defense against smartphone lawsuits.

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RIM weighing smartphone split-off: Amazon and Facebook suggested suitors

RIM weighing smartphone split-off: Amazon and Facebook suggested suitors

RIM is considering splitting up its ailing BlackBerry business and selling off the handset manufacturing side, sources have claimed, with both Amazon and Facebook tipped as potential suitors. Details of the possible cleavage are scant, with UK newspaper The Sunday Times citing no sources in its report; RIM is supposedly weighing whether its messaging division would perform better as a standalone business.

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Filed To Patent Airbags For Smartphones

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Filed To Patent Airbags For Smartphones

If you're prone to dropping your smartphone, then Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos may have just the solution for you. Airbags! A patent application filing recently surfaced with the inventors listed as Bezos himself along with Amazon VP Greg Hart. The patent app is titled "a system and method for protecting devices from impact damage."

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Fire Phone 2 unlikely as Amazon scales back consumer devices

Fire Phone 2 unlikely as Amazon scales back consumer devices

That headline probably doesn't come as a surprise. A successor to the highly disparaged Fire Phone might be highly unlikely now that Amazon has reportedly laid off dozens of engineers at its hush hush Lab126 hardware development center, particularly those that worked on the smartphone flop. But more than just Fire Phone, however, this still unconfirmed move puts into question the retail giant's capability to put out consumer devices that will stand the test of time, not to mention scrutiny, like its Kindle e-readers and Fire tablets.

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Amazon Underground: invading Google’s Android once again

Amazon Underground: invading Google’s Android once again

Amazon aims to invade Google's Android OS with their own collection of apps and games from the Amazon App Store. Inside the Amazon Underground app, Amazon suggests they'll be bringing "Actually Free" apps and games to lure the masses. This comes several months after a misunderstanding between Google and Amazon in which the Amazon app acted as an app store in and of itself - this isn't a feature that's allowed by Google for apps hosted by the Google Play app store.

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