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Amazon Releases Fire Phone: Firefly Feature Recognizes Everything

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Amazon Releases Fire Phone: Firefly Feature Recognizes Everything

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Jeff Bezos is on stage right now in Seattle presenting Amazon's new smartphone offering, Fire Phone, and according to a variety of live-Tweet streams - Frederic Lardinois (@fredericl) and Kyle Russell (@kylebrussell) at Tech Crunch, for example, and Tricia Duryee at Geekwire - it's pretty exciting.

There have been a lot of expectations growing around this release - it wasn't certain, but most people pretty much had their minds made up that this would be the announcement - so there's almost something a little disappointing about the reveal: it's a smartphone, just like everybody thought.

But that's an issue of expectations, I suppose, so what about the details have we learned? According to Lardinois and Russel, there are some interesting features. First, the usual stuff:

  • Gorilla Glass
  • 4.7-inch screen
  • "Injection-molded steel connectors," according to Bezos' presentation
  • 2.2 GHz processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 13 MP camera

All of which adds up to, you know, a phone. But then there are some more interesting features:

  • ASAP: predictive caching of Prime videos to decide what you might want to watch
  • Full suite of Amazon's other offerings - Prime Music, Kindle library, etc. - as expected
  • The most interesting entry: Firefly
    • Interact with real-world objects using the Fire Phone
    • Look up a scene in a TV show by listening to it
    • Look up a song/album by listening
    • Recognize art and look it up on Wikipedia
    • Includes a dedicated physical button

And it looks like Firefly will have an SDK available as well. Check out the live feeds for more details and a lot of pictures of Jeff Bezos pointing a Fire Phone at things.

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