updated 10:22 am EDT, Tue June 17, 2014
Rumored Amazon smartphone said to ship just on AT&T in United States
Amazon's rumored smartphone could be exclusive to AT&T, according to the Wall Street Journal and other reports. The mobile device, expected to be launched by the retailer tomorrow, will apparently work with just AT&T in the United States, with the claim apparently lending an answer to an earlier rumor about a Prime Data service plan for the phone.
Prime Data was leaked in April, and though exact details were not known, it was believed to be a plan that allowed Amazon customers to stream movies, TV shows, and music to the device at no extra charge. At the start of this year, AT&T introduced Sponsored Data, a program where companies could cover the costs of data for cellular subscribers, such as subsidizing the data required to stream video from a specific online service. Prime Data and Sponsored Data appear to compliment each other, something which certainly helps legitimize the AT&T-exclusivity rumor.
One central rumor to the device is that it will have a 3D user interface. Using an array of front-facing cameras and its gyroscopic sensor, the smartphone will be able to track the user's face to create a glasses-free 3D effect, with extra menus opening up by tilting in specific directions. It is believed to have a 4.7-inch 720p display using a Snapdragon processor on Fire OS, and a rear 13-megapixel camera.
Before tomorrow's event, Amazon has taken the time to promote its Amazon Appstore. A press release states it has over 240,000 apps and games, is available in nearly 200 countries, with double the number of developers joining the store per month compared to this time last year. A survey claims 65 percent of developers said the total revenue from the Kindle Fire is the same or better than on other platforms, with 74 percent claiming the same for the average revenue per user or app.