Amazon cooking up a pair of smartphones, one with glasses-free 3D

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Rumors of Amazon’s smartphone plans continue to swirl, but the latest introduce a twist that we didn’t see coming. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that sources close to Amazon have revealed that the retailer is working up two smartphones, one of which would include glasses-free 3D. Yes, you read that right.

Glasses-free 3D experienced a short burst of popularity with devices like the LG Optimus 3D and HTC EVO 3D, but we were hoping the technology had gone out of vogue. Instead, it sounds like Amazon will put its own spin on the concept with a phone that features retina tracking to automatically adjust the image to appear three-dimensional at any angle.

Little else is revealed about the Amazon phones other than the fact that they will use Qalcomm chips (no surprise) and come 4G LTE-enabled (pretty standard at this point). What is interest is that internally the phones are part of a so-called “Alphabet Project,” which derives its name from clever codenames like Project A, Project B, Project C, and Project D. The remaining letters are said to be associated with an audio-only streaming device and a set-top box in the style of Roku, both meant to drive demand for Amazon’s streaming and digital download services.

Signs point to Amazon launching many of these concepts later this year.

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  • 45THS

    The 3d on the Evo 3D was actually a pretty cool feature, personally while I didn’t use it all the time I found it cool to use on occasion. It certainly didn’t detract from an otherwise good phone. Too bad so many of the negative reviews focused on that 1 feature and flooded out any good reviews on the rest of the phone, which basically killed it before it even got going.

    I can see a place for 3d as more of a fun novelty item. Not a main feature that would draw you to a particular device, but if all else was equal and one had 3d and one didn’t, I might opt for the device with 3d as an extra fun feature.

  • MK2

    I was really hoping the 3-D fad had passed. It’s one of the less useful features smart phones have had in the past years.

    BTW, I thought you were writing for iphansheep now.

  • shelderman

    if it has the same interface as the Kindle, no thanks

  • Tony Lai

    Glass free 3D was kinda of a joke… look at all the flops… Actually the whole 3D thing is a joke.

    • NIGHTSCOUT

      speak for yourself. I enjoy 1 3D movie per week on my Samsung 3DTV. 3D gaming is also awesome, through my Nvidia GPU

  • Specs

    I don’t watch much video on my phone but I’d snap up a 3d Kindle Fire.

  • kris

    3D on a phone is not a joke or a gimmick. It works and it’s cool.

  • np6s4x

    love my evo 3d, hopefully this will have a bigger screen

  • scoter man1

    I want 3D on my phone!

    - no one ever

    • NIGHTSCOUT

      I want it, so your claim has been destroyed already.