April 23rd, 2014, 18:44 PM
Reports say an Amazon phone is close
After more than two years of hints and leaks, the long-awaited Amazon phone appears to be almost ready for its debut.
The device has been a prime example of "vaporware," the term for rumored tech gadgets that everybody loves talking about despite the fact they don't officially exist. And Amazon has never confirmed that it's making a smartphone.
But the drumbeat is getting louder, and recent reports suggest the handset will hit the market soon.
In the past week, tech blog Boy Genius Report has posted images of what it says is that very phone, along with a report that users will control some features of the device just by tilting it at certain angles.
That followed a report from The Wall Street Journal that Amazon will roll out the phone by June and it will be on sale by September.
Both articles say the phone will include a groundbreaking technology: a screen that uses four cameras to produce hologram-like 3-D images without the need for special glasses.
In the BGR photos, the phone is cloaked in a protective shell that hides details of its design. The blog did not say how it acquired those images, but reported speaking with "multiple trusted sources." In the past, BGR has accurately reported details about unannounced Amazon products like its Kindle Fire tablets and Kindle e-readers.
The 3-D model is one of two phones Amazon plans to announce, the reports say, the other being a cheaper, less fancy one.
The company that made its name in online retailing has been working on the phone for several years, according to reports. And, indeed, rumors of its existence have been floating around since at least 2011.