Amazon Unveils Smartphone “Fire Phone”

June 18, 2014

3:33 pm

The wait is over. Amazon.com Inc. unveiled its new smartphone Fire Phone today at an event in Seattle.

According to the Associated Press (AP), the new phone will enable users to snap a photo of a book title or listen to a song playing, and it’ll show you where to buy it on Amazon. Users will also be able to snap a shot of a painting, which the phone will automatically pull a Wikipedia entry on it.

The new Firefly feature also lets you snap bar codes, phone numbers and more.

The Fire Phone is smaller than leading Android phone, measuring 4.7 inches diagonally, but larger than Apple’s iPhone. CEO Jeff Bezos calls the screen “ideal for one-handed use.”

The phone also has a camera with image stabilization to counteract shaking as people take shots. Amazon is offering unlimited free storage on its Cloud Drive service. 

The Wall Street Journal has reported that AT&T will be the exclusive carrier for the new phone starting $199. Analysts say the phone might come with a data plan that could let owners use Amazon services without using up any data.

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