Amazon Developing New Hardware Products Including a 3D Smartphone and a Streaming Music Player

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Amazon is developing a number of new hardware products to complement its Kindle line, The Wall Street Journal is reporting.

    Amazon hopes to release the devices, which are being developed at an Amazon lab in Sunnyvale, California, in the coming months, but the WSJ is quick to note that some or all of them may be killed at the last minute for a variety of reasons.
    Amazon is also reportedly working on an audio-only streaming music player, perhaps an iPod-like device with 3G and Wi-Fi built in for streaming music from Amazon's servers.

    This device could make sense given the company's moves to beef up its digital music efforts. In recent months, Amazon has given customers free digital copies of all CDs ever purchased on and introduced a new "scan and match" service similar to iTunes Match.

    Last month, it was reported that Amazon was developing a set-top box to stream video over the Internet via its Amazon Prime and Instant video services.

    Article Link: Amazon Developing New Hardware Products Including a 3D Smartphone and a Streaming Music Player
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 17, 2009
    The CCTV Capital of the World
  3. macrumors 68020

    May 23, 2011
    Is changing?

    This comes right after they posted 39 Million net loss, one has to wonder if their investment 'in the future' is the greatest evolution or the beginning of the end.

    Are they trying to evolve to a digital services/digital content/ hardware provider ala Apple? Will their retail business shrink (especially with the new Walmart lobbied law that forces them to collect taxes pretty much from everyone)?
  4. macrumors 68020


    Jun 11, 2007
  5. macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2005
    Lansing, MI
    Wondering when Wall Street will finally punish Amazon for their lack of profits...
  6. macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007
    Clearly the above three posters have no idea on what Amazons business goals are.

    Here's a hint: Money doesn't even come into it. Seriously, their focus isn't on increasing profits each year. It never has been and never will be. Read up on how Amazon's business operates and you'll understand.
  7. macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    And how is this going to be useful? I guess tapping and swiping with fingers is too much work...
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Meh - once you've had an eyeful of Amazon's walled garden, Apple looks positively open. Don't get me wrong, the Kindles are great devices and the Fire HD gives a lot for the money, but it's all terribly closed.
  9. macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2012
    But wouldn`t most investors think about increasing profits?
  10. macrumors member


    Feb 3, 2013
    3D smartphones have been around since December 2011 with the release of Docomo's Winter Season Smartphone line-up. It's not new.
  11. macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    I'm interested in the music streamer. That sounds really interesting. Hopefully it includes the Instant Video too.
  12. macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007
    Does your post have a point or did you misread something? Nobody said that Amazon had created a new technology, or were the first people to do this.
  13. macrumors 601


    Apr 3, 2003
    Hmm. Interesting "business" goals. :eek:
  14. macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2007
    Man they are never going to make any money at this rate!.
  15. AppleMark, May 9, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: May 10, 2013

    macrumors 6502a


    Jun 17, 2009
    The CCTV Capital of the World
    The article amusingly disclaims "but the WSJ is quick to note that some or all of them may be killed at the last minute for a variety of reasons."

    Therefore the quotes may as well have read as:

    "One of the devices is a high-end smartphone featuring a screen that allows for 3-D images without actually needing any eyes, these people said. Using mind-tracking technology, images on the smartphone would seem to float inside your head like a hologram and appear three-dimensional at all angles, they said. Users may be able to navigate through content using just their thoughts, two of the people said."

    I just love the way we are supposed to believe these leaked spec's of new a new secret device, from dubious sources who disclaim these claims in the same article.

    Probably because they don't exist and to just get publicity.... :D
  16. macrumors 68000


    Oct 26, 2011
    Alpha Centauri A
  17. macrumors 68030

    Feb 17, 2009
    Clearly at the end of the day a successful business should sit there with some
    cash, no?
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2012
    Chandler, Arizona
    Didn't Nintendo already pull this off with the 3DS?

    As for Amazon's continued poor financial performance, as Wall Street would put it, the company has nowhere to go but up!
  19. macrumors 68040

    Dr McKay

    Aug 11, 2010
    Yes, but nowhere does it claim that this phone will be the first to do it as some people seem to think.
  20. macrumors 6502

    Nov 7, 2004
    am i the only one who doesn't care about a 3-d movies? or tv's? or phones? maybe i've lost touch, but i feel like this tech is endlessly being rammed down consumer's throats.
  21. macrumors 65816


    Jan 13, 2005
    I might be interested in the music player, I have all my music uploaded and I use the cloud player app on my phone, but would'nt mind a 3g connected device seperately either to save battery on my phone
  22. macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2006
    SLC, Utah
    Posts like these are more constructive when they come with a small summary of what the hell your point is.
  23. macrumors Pentium

    Jun 22, 2009
    Phone - eh - and certainly not really 3D. But music player makes perfect sense.

    Why the hate for Amazon?

    I don't know - At least you can read Amazon books on various devices vs Apple's iBooks that are locked into just iDevices.

    Movies - both have their own. Apps - same. Although Amazon devices could use the play store if allowed.

    Music - both have their own but can be played on other devices

    I wouldn't call it that terribly closed.
  24. macrumors 601


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    I'm with you. The game here is about trying to replicate something Apple is most successful at: making it's followers feel compelled to throw out perfectly good technology from last year to buy this year's new model. Only runs a little bit faster? No problem. Doesn't really do anything significantly new or different? No problem.

    By trying to get us all to think 3D is it, they're trying to get us all to turn over all of our 2D tech. If we all did it, it would just be on to the next thing. It's not stick with something until it dies anymore; it's how fast can we make ourselves reject the barely old so that we'll spend more on the new.

    That's nothing new of course. But Apple has shown that many will swallow this pill with barely a gripe... and those who will gripe will come around anyway. The others just want the same with the rest of the technology landscape.
  25. macrumors member


    Feb 3, 2013
    Okay maybe I should stop sharing information about technology from the other side of the world :) clearly this isn't a place to share things with close-minded individuals

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