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Amazon Fire Phone is a Go : 3D-like features, Live Recognition

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Amazon at a press event, today, has announced possibly the most anticipated smartphone of the year, the Fire Phone. Dubbed simply the Fire Phone, all rumours of the smartphone being called a Kindle Phone have been put down, as the device features a 3-D, 4.7-inch high-definition display, aluminum buttons, a  2.2 GHz Qualcomm processor, Adreno 330 graphics, and 2GB of RAM

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There’s also a 13-megapixel camera, a f/2.0 lens, and optical image stabilisation; letting the shutter stay open four-times longer than most cameras to counteract hand tremors when taking photos.

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An impressive new service, built into the phone, called Firefly will let users recognise physical objects using the camera. Things including books, video games, food, household products and other items can be recognised with this “Firefly” and then be bought on Amazon instantly. 

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Anyone using Amazon services will be happy to know that there’s X-Ray for seeing information about what you’re watching, an AirPlay-like system for sending video to your TV, and the neat ASAP feature that caches video you might want to watch so it can start streams instantly.

For previous Prime users there is Prime Music, Prime Video, and more, while, for reading, there’s Amazon’s Immersion Reading, and WhisperSync for Voice.

Amazon’s Mayday customer service feature, already in use on tablets, will also be available on the Fire Phone. It includes 24/7 access to tech support in 15 seconds or less. The Fire Phone will cost $199 with a two-year contract, available exclusively on AT&T’s network for the time being. It is currently available for pre-order on Amazon’s website, and it will begin shipping on July 25. 

No information or hope of the device hitting other markets soon but we will keep you posted.

Fire Phone

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Full Specifications

Size 5.5″ x 2.6″ x 0.35″ (139.2mm x 66.5mm x 8.9mm)
Weight 5.64 ounces (160 grams)
Processor 2.2GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, with Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM
Display 4.7″ HD LCD display, with 1280 x 720 resolution at 315 ppi, 590 cd/m2 brightness (typical), 1000:1 contrast ratio (typical)
Cameras 13 MP rear-facing camera, multi-frame HDR, auto focus, optical image stabilization, f/2.0 5-element wide aperture lens, LED flash
2.1 MP front-facing camera
OS Fire OS 3.5.0
Storage 32 GB or 64 GB
Cloud Storage Free cloud storage for all Amazon content, and photos taken with Fire phone
Battery Battery size: 2400mAh. Talk time: up to 22 hours; standby time: up to 285 hours. Video playback: up to 11 hours; audio playback: up to 65 hours.
Video recording 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps (front- and rear-facing cameras)
Audio playback Dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus audio processing
TV and Video Supports screen mirroring and Second Screen
Content formats supported Audio: Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC-3), non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, PCM/WAVE, AAC LC/ELD, HE-AAC (v1 & v2), AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AMR-WB+, Audible Enhanced format (AAX); Video: MPEG4, VP8, H.264/MPEG4/AVC,MPEG4 SP, H.263,AVI,HDCP2.x, PlayReady DRM; Images: JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, GIF87a,GIF89a; Viewable docs: PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, DOC, DOCX, Kindle (AZW), KF8, TXT
Sensors Dynamic Perspective sensor system with invisible infrared illumination, gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer, barometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor
Location GPS, Assisted GPS, GLONASS, Wi-Fi/Cellular location, and Digital compass
Cellular UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz), Quad-band GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 9 bands of LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 17, 20), supports carrier aggregation
Connectivity 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, up to 300 Mbps with channel bonding; Bluetooth 3.0 wireless technology; NFC enabled
Headphones Premium, tangle-free headphones with remote and mic
Rating for hearing aids M4, T4
SIM Card Pre-installed Nano SIM card
Ports Micro USB 2.0
3.5mm headphone
Warranty and Service 1-year Limited Warranty included. Use of Fire phone is subject to these terms
Included in the Box Amazon Fire Phone with Fire OS 3.5.0
Premium headphones with remote and mic
Micro USB to USB charging cable
USB power adapter (5W)
Quick Start Guide
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Chandra Vardhan IndLa
Chandra Vardhan IndLa

Much to the chagrin of CEO Jeff Bezos , it didn’ttake long for consumers to voice harsh criticismson Amazon’s first smartphone, unveiled thisWednesday.From “being 7-years late” – it’s rumored to havebeen in development for 5-years! – to “I canalready access all the Amazon services from mysmartphone,” or “how is it really different,” theAmazon Fire Phone is definitely lacking a “wowfactor,” failing to capture the imagination of thegeneral public.So why so much skepticism?Well here are 4 main reasons for that:1. High price. At $650 without contract, theAmazon Fire Phone costs 63% more thanthe similarly equipped GoogleGOOGL +1.89% Nexus 5 ($399) and almostas much as the Samsung Galaxy S5 ($700)or the iPhone 5S ($750). A dramaticdeparture from the very competitively pricedstrategy - at cost, according to Amazon –adopted for the Kindle Fire tablet, which inthe end only represents less than 2% of theoverall tablet market, according to IDC.2. Bulky and heavy. The Amazon Phone is theheaviest and thickest of all the smartphonein its price range.3. Lack of differentiation. The phone’s 2 keyfeatures are the 3D-like dynamicperspective, which ends up being a nicepower-hungry gimmick, and Firefly, an app– that could end up in other smartphones –which lets users recognize physical productsby sight or sound and let them purchase iton Amazon. “I am going to buy a whole lotmore things with this technology than I everhave before,” voiced happily Ralph de laVega, the CEO of AT&T T +0.51% Mobilityand Amazon’s exclusive carrier partner.4. Less applications . Amazon’s proprietaryApp Store has some 240,000 apps, mostlypoorly-rated and usually not the latest ones– compared to more than 1.2 million appsin Google Play or Apple's AAPL +0.11% AppStore.“At some point I thought they were going to finda way to leverage the current “prime” users, butinstead they just launched a product isolated fromtheir current customers, and they added a barrierwith an exclusive deal with AT&T,” added AlfredoGuilbert, the COO of Digital Film Cloud Network.Besides, the exclusive deal with AT&T is hardly aguarantee of success.Bezos should give Facebook CEO MarkZuckerberg a call to understand why he ended hisforay into the smartphone business, just 1-monthafter the initial entry, and selling a few thousandsof the HTC First which integrated the socialnetwork proprietary Home software.“Let’s hope Amazon doesn’t fall victim to theAT&T curse that is the Facebook phone,” tweetedT-Mobile’s colorful CEO John Legere. Adding,“remember when the Facebook phone wasdiscounted to 99 cents? So like, the whole time itwas available on AT&T.”“twitter-tweet” lang=”en”>Let’s hope @amazon doesn’t fall victim to the @att cursethat is the facebook phone. #onemonth— John Legere (@JohnLegere) June 17, 2014Joke aside, the Fire Phone could end up beingBezos biggest mistakes as he faces an uphillclimb to convince current Amazon customers –let alone everyone else – to give the Fire Phone atry, and avoid the same outcome as Facebook,Microsoft, ESPN, Nokia or Blackberry with theirrespective failed smartphones.

Chandra Vardhan IndLa
Chandra Vardhan IndLa

Much to the chagrin of CEO Jeff Bezos , it didn’ttake long for consumers to voice harsh criticismson Amazon’s first smartphone, unveiled thisWednesday.From “being 7-years late” – it’s rumored to havebeen in development for 5-years! – to “I canalready access all the Amazon services from mysmartphone,” or “how is it really different,” theAmazon Fire Phone is definitely lacking a “wowfactor,” failing to capture the imagination of thegeneral public.So why so much skepticism?Well here are 4 main reasons for that:1. High price. At $650 without contract, theAmazon Fire Phone costs 63% more thanthe similarly equipped GoogleGOOGL +1.89% Nexus 5 ($399) and almostas much as the Samsung Galaxy S5 ($700)or the iPhone 5S ($750). A dramaticdeparture from the very competitively pricedstrategy - at cost, according to Amazon –adopted for the Kindle Fire tablet, which inthe end only represents less than 2% of theoverall tablet market, according to IDC.2. Bulky and heavy. The Amazon Phone is theheaviest and thickest of all the smartphonein its price range.3. Lack of differentiation. The phone’s 2 keyfeatures are the 3D-like dynamicperspective, which ends up being a nicepower-hungry gimmick, and Firefly, an app– that could end up in other smartphones –which lets users recognize physical productsby sight or sound and let them purchase iton Amazon. “I am going to buy a whole lotmore things with this technology than I everhave before,” voiced happily Ralph de laVega, the CEO of AT&T T +0.51% Mobilityand Amazon’s exclusive carrier partner.4. Less applications . Amazon’s proprietaryApp Store has some 240,000 apps, mostlypoorly-rated and usually not the latest ones– compared to more than 1.2 million appsin Google Play or Apple's AAPL +0.11% AppStore.“At some point I thought they were going to finda way to leverage the current “prime” users, butinstead they just launched a product isolated fromtheir current customers, and they added a barrierwith an exclusive deal with AT&T,” added AlfredoGuilbert, the COO of Digital Film Cloud Network.Besides, the exclusive deal with AT&T is hardly aguarantee of success.Bezos should give Facebook CEO MarkZuckerberg a call to understand why he ended hisforay into the smartphone business, just 1-monthafter the initial entry, and selling a few thousandsof the HTC First which integrated the socialnetwork proprietary Home software.“Let’s hope Amazon doesn’t fall victim to theAT&T curse that is the Facebook phone,” tweetedT-Mobile’s colorful CEO John Legere. Adding,“remember when the Facebook phone wasdiscounted to 99 cents? So like, the whole time itwas available on AT&T.”“twitter-tweet” lang=”en”>Let’s hope @amazon doesn’t fall victim to the @att cursethat is the facebook phone. #onemonth— John Legere (@JohnLegere) June 17, 2014Joke aside, the Fire Phone could end up beingBezos biggest mistakes as he faces an uphillclimb to convince current Amazon customers –let alone everyone else – to give the Fire Phone atry, and avoid the same outcome as Facebook,Microsoft, ESPN, Nokia or Blackberry with theirrespective failed smartphones.

Sandeep Cool Sunny
Sandeep Cool Sunny

os is the main drawback of this phone, they might have used android instead their own os

Sandeep Cool Sunny
Sandeep Cool Sunny

os is the main drawback of this phone, they might have used android instead their own os