New Clues Point To Amazon Unveiling A Phone

06/17/2014 09:38 am ET | Updated Jun 17, 2014
  • Alexis Kleinman Deputy Managing Editor Of Impact & Innovation, The Huffington Post

The Amazon phone is coming.

On Tuesday, we got the most substantial hint yet that the massive retailer is going to release its own phone, when The Wall Street Journal reported that the device will be exclusively carried by AT&T.

AT&T currently provides wireless Internet for Amazon's Kindle ereaders and tablets. Amazon is scheduled to unveil a new device at an event in Seattle on Wednesday.

There have been rumors about Amazon's first phone for a while now, but they were made a bit more concrete on June 4, when the company released a teaser video for Wednesday's unveiling. The video includes a glimpse of a phone-like device. If you watch closely, you can see the top of what looks like a phone around 0:42.

Tech site BGR has reported that the phone will have 3-D effects and will use new gesture controls.

Earlier this week, The New York Times' David Streitfeld wrote that Amazon's phone looks like a new way for the retailer to "burrow even deeper into your life," since the mobile device would presumably make it easier for you to... buy things on Amazon.

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