Event set for online retailers hometown of Seattle

Amazon's got a big ol' banner up on its home page inviting folks to its "new device unveiling." Click through, and you see a video of folks obviously looking at a phone or tablet. And marveling at how it moves them.

Sound familiar?

Amazon's phone has been rumored for years — yes, that long — and it looks like it might finally be on the way. That fits in with recent leaks out of BGR, including renders and prototype shots, and word that it'll come with some sort of movement and tracking system that will allow the user interface to flow with your motions. Amazon's event sign-up page makes note of developing apps for a "novel type of sensor" and asks developers how they've "used gyroscopes, accelerometers, compass, or other sensors in your app," building on that idea.

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Amazon's phone likely June 18

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millions of Amazon customers will be disappointed...

at least those who don't like phone screens with 3D !!!!!!!!!!

don't forget, it's also NOT an iPhone. :(

Exactly. It was rumored a while ago. A 3D phone that has a screen that tilts when you move it side to side or top to bottom. Probably $250 or a little more.

I am gonna reserve judgement for when i actually see the phone, but from what i have already heard, this sound WAY to gimmicky to actually be useful.

Hmm could be interesting. I always like potential competition. Even if they force users to use their dedicated store and deny areas to other like the fruit company does.
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*access to others*

If it's limited to the amazon app store like all the other amazon devices, then there's no way I'm even considering it.

Nothing is limited (no WiFi calling nexus 4 port need not apply) once the folks on XDA get a hold of this :-)

LG Optimus G Pro

Hey, if it is small, unlike other flagships *cough* htc samsung lg *cough*, I'd be interested!

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Has anyone seen any credible info on carriers? All I've seen so far is speculation.

The fact that I couldn't just take a Kindle Fire LTE to T-Mobile made me never look back.

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I'm going to hold off on judgement until I know the off contract price. The specs should be pretty good for today's newer standards. Of course it'll be tied down to the amazon infrastructure but it'll be rooted and running gapps with the play store and looking like a regular android phone with custom roms shortly after release.

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It does seem like when they show the guys, it looks like they're staring at their crotch. and looking around the sides of their gentleman sausage.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought that was a bit weird. Without the context of an Amazon phone, this is a really strange ad lol.

I'd still use my 3D (I like the form factor) if only it could run jellybean without missing some drivers. Prefer the 3D to my evo4glte, nexus4 and moto g.

Too bad it won't have any Google services on it. Fail. I'll never understand the people who have an Android phone and then also have the Fire tablet and purchase the same Android apps twice. Crazy. For what? So you can enjoy Amazon Prime video??

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Amazon has an app for their store that can be installed from the apk... They probably only purchase the apps once there

if selected to attend the June 18 event, will Amazon send
their corporate jet to pick me up and fly me to Seattle?

or will I have to drive myself on the 1900-mile roadtrip to
Seattle?

Love my Kindle Fire HD but lack of Apps is frustrating. No Clash of Clans or Hey Day etc. The Facebook App never gets updated etc. It's a shame because Amazon have great free app promotion and coins giveaways, I've earned £30 worth of Coins to buy premium apps in the last Month alone. It's lazy on the developers part I guess as these apps work fine I've installed them via apk sideloading. Hopefully this Amazon phone should push forward development.

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"It's lazy on the developers part I guess"

There are payment issues involved as well. Perhaps Amazon has changed recently, but there are several stories out there of developers joining the Amazon App store, getting burned, and then leaving. Do a search for the PocketCasts Amazon app, for instance.

I am looking forward to seeing the product they put out but my question is, Will they go 64bit? be interesting to see.

I'm going on record. My guess: they have found a way to scan many products in the Amazon storefront, such that when you move your head around, you can see the products from different angles.