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Report: Amazon’s 3D Smart Phone Will Feature Tilt Navigation Tricks

Last week, the first photos of Amazon’s rumored 3D-enabled smartphone leaked along with talk of multiple cameras and sensors that would follow your every move to present you with a potentially-gimmicky, yet semi-interesting user experience. Today, we are learning about more gimmicks, or at least rumored features that Amazon will try to use to create something unique in an industry needing inspiration. We are talking tilt gestures for navigating the device. 

According to sources of BGR, the Amazon 3D phone will not utilize traditional menu buttons like you have become accustomed to over the years. Instead, tilting the phone in certain directions will either reveal hidden menus or more information depending on the setting. For example, a tilt could reveal icon labels that would normally be hidden or X-ray information if you are watching a movie in Prime. Other examples would be utilizing a tilt to display a camera roll in your text messaging app to quickly share recently taken photos or turn pages in one of the Kindle apps while reading a book or magazine. You get the idea, right?

I personally turn off every single tilt-gesture feature that has ever been built into a phone because they typically are more frustrating to use than rewarding. I also would hope that Amazon has built in the most amazing display tech on Earth if they are going to use tilt gestures, with the greatest viewing angles known to man. The last thing I want to do is tilt my phone and kill off a clean viewing angle in order to access a menu that is accessed just as easily with a simple tap of a button on every other phone.

Sound interesting to you?

Via:  BGR
  • Stan

    Amazon is not making a Phone. They are making an Impulse Purchase Device that also happens to be a phone with a gimicky 3D interface.

  • Cael

    Amazon should just build a phone that automatically buys what it thinks you need. Let’s see how far it gets with that.

  • jamaall

    To me, Amazon is for shopping. Their products, especially the software in them, are highly unappealing to me, and this one is no exception.

  • archercc

    Its been terrible in most implementations and in the ones where it wasn’t it wasn’t useful, more just a “hey we can use the precision nature of that potentiometer to do more than change screen orientation).

  • jer85008

    I can’t stand these in games, let alone the primary interface for my phone. No thanks.

  • brkshr

    Reports are in that the phone will be called the Amazon Gimmick

    • poop

      Not likely.

      Now Gimmick Fire…

  • NickA

    If this was Samsung it would be called a “gimmick”. But since it’s Amazon it’s a “feature”.

  • The Narrator

    Amazon > Samsung

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio


      • The Narrator

        High quality products, highly specd as well, don’t gimp on anything, and customer service is top notch.

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          Can’t fuzz the line between Amazon…and Amazon the sofware company.They are 2 distinct things, and they aren’t good and mobile software.

    • Ali Bazzi

      I didn’t take long for your random Samsung dig.

      • The Narrator

        It’s an Amazon article. Cry me a river.

  • Jacob Mustin

    reminds me of that google’s “gmail motion” prank. No way it would actually be useable, not to mention beneficial.

    not to mention, no tilt guesture has EVER worked right (for me). unless you are motionless and know how to avoid the quirks

    • j

      It’s just absolutely ridiculous to remove navigation buttons and rely on tilt gestures instead for a mobile device that gets viewed at all different angles and tilted a million times while doing the same thing.. I was just browsing on my phone, and I had to shift myself in my seat to get comfortable.. oh crap I just launched flappy bird.

      • michael arazan

        Can only imagine what happens looking at my phone and then sneezing suddenly, phone is going to go berserk with everything popping out.

        What’s next, they are going to have smart apps that predicts the app I’m about to open up so I have random apps opening all the time?

  • Zoloft_User


  • Joseph A. Yager

    I’m the same way when it comes to tilt features. Unless they have figured something out, then no thanks.

  • Mathew Colburn

    This just sounds awful!

  • Jon