Amazon: No smartphone this year, no plans to offer it for free in the future

After much rumour and speculation, an Amazon spokesperson has confirmed the company has no plans to release a smartphone in 2013.

Former Wall Street Journal reporters Jessica E. Lessin and Amir Efrati said on Friday Amazon has plans to release a smartphone free to customers. Amazon denied that as well, saying if it did launch a smartphone in the future, it "would not be free".

This is the first time that Amazon has publicly acknowledged the thought of a smartphone on its behalf, and the first time Amazon has said 2013 won't be the year it will release one.

It appears Amazon is still looking for a way to differentiate itself in a crowded smartphone market.

Previous reports have noted Amazon is pursuing a smartphone with a 3D display where glasses won't be required. The display will use "retina-tracking" technology to make items appear as if they're floating above the screen and there is even the possibility users will be able to control content with their eyes - similar to Samsung's botched approach on TouchWiz.

At any rate, it looks like it will be a while until Amazon enters the smartphone market - if ever. Let the speculation flow.



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