CNET Update: Amazon needs more than 3D to sell a smartphone
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CNET Update: Amazon needs more than 3D to sell a smartphone

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The retail giant will likely launch a sensor-packed smartphone on June 18. And while Amazon teases new technology, Barnes & Noble gives up on the Nook as we know it.

Amazon is ready to reveal a 3D smartphone. I'm Bridget Carey, and this is your CNET update. [MUSIC] In two weeks, Amazon will reveal a new product. And all signs point to a smartphone. Now Amazon isn't saying it's a smartphone. Instead, it just released this teaser video of people moving their head reacting to it. I don't think I've ever seen anything like this. Oh my gosh, that's crazy. That's super awesome. I don't know how you guys do it. Amazon, you don't have to play coy with us. We know this is your smartphone, and we know those people in the video are reacting to some sort of 3D effect on the screen. The Amazon smartphone has been rumored for three years, and reports say that Amazon was going to release it soon. So, yeah, it's a smartphone. Now, as for those 3D screen tricks, it likely has something to do with the eye tracking camera sensors on all four corners. Here's one leaked picture of a prototype with the sensors on the corners, published by BGR. It could track the user's face and eyes and change the onscreen image in relation to where you're looking. But, let's be honest about something here. It's gonna take more than a 3D trick to sell a phone. The smartphone market is so crowded right now, that it needs to be competitive on price. Maybe eye tracking could be use for other cool things, like scrolling text as your eye travels down a page, or pausing a video when you look away. Or some magical shopping wand scanner thingy. Whatever the features, Amazon's gonna catch your attention with the 3D. But the price will need to seal the deal. And all will be revealed on June 18th, in Amazon's hometown of Seattle. And in other bookstore technology news, Barnes & Noble is no longer making Nook tablets. Instead, Samsung will make Nook spin-offs of Galaxy tablets. The companies announced a new co-branded tablet with a long name. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. It'll be like a typical Galaxy Tablet. It'll have a smaller seven-inch screen, and customized Nook software from Barnes & Noble. Sales have been bad for Nook tablets, so this is Barnes & Noble trying something new. The Galaxy Tab 4 Nook will be out in August. But before that, all focus will be on the E3 Video Game Expo in Los Angeles. Microsoft will kick things off Monday morning with announcements on the future of the Xbox One and upcoming games, starting at 9:30 a.m., Pacific, 12:30 Eastern. Sony is gonna have Playstation news later in the day at 6 p.m., Pacific, 9 p.m., Eastern, and you can follow the coverage live on CNET. That's your tech news update. You can always head to cnet.com for more details. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey. [MUSIC]

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