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article imageReview: Amazon enters smartphone market with release of the Fire

By Nathan Miller     Jun 24, 2014 in Technology
Late last week, Amazon.com unveiled the newest entry into the smartphone user-space, the Amazon Fire. The phone introduces several new features into the current smartphone market, specifically a feature dubbed dynamic perspective, and firefly.
The phone also includes the Kindle Fire exclusive, Mayday, which allows the user to get in touch with a live person should they require tech support, directly from their device.
Perhaps the most exciting of the two new features is Dynamic Perspective. The dynamic perspective features a publicly available API, which allows developers, both internal and external to Amazon, to utilize the physical capabilities of the advanced hardware, in order to dynamically change what the user sees based on the angle the screen is viewed at.
The other advanced feature which Amazon unveiled along with their new smartphone is the previously mentioned Firefly feature. Firefly utilizes the phone's built-in 13 MP camera, and the exclusive firefly button, to pull information such as bar codes, QR codes, movie ratings, TV show episodes, and artist information, among other data specifically relating to the object that the user scanned with firefly.
Currently, users looking to swap out their current phones for the Fire Phone will unfortunately be severely limited in carrier options, since AT&T is currently the only supported service provider. However, if we look at other phone's humble beginnings with only a single carrier, as the Fire becomes more widely used, other carriers will likely be made available.
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