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Amazon's Smartphone Event

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  • James Martin 6/18/2014 6:25:47 PM
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  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 6:26:04 PM
    We call this lenticular, he says.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/18/2014 6:26:11 PM
    Tilting in Amazon.zom catalog to see angles on a dress. P.S. Jeff Bezos has great taste in dresses.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 6:26:21 PM
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 6:26:35 PM
    Another application that uses Dynamic Perspective is the Web browser.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 6:26:44 PM
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 6:26:51 PM
    He pulls up a Washington Post article (big surprise).
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 6:26:58 PM
    By tilting the phone, you can scroll up or down.
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 6:27:09 PM
    It's called auto-scroll.
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 6:27:46 PM
    I can see how the tilt auto scroll could be annoying...what if I tilt it by accident?
  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/18/2014 6:27:52 PM
    I'm not sure how I feel about the auto-scrolling gesture, actually. I think it's one of those things you either love or hate. I've tried it on other phones to ill effect, but if this is subtle and fast, it might work better, especially for e-books.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 6:28:06 PM
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 6:28:30 PM
    He pulls up an e-book and tilts down to keep reading. You can tilt for infinite scrolling.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/18/2014 6:28:35 PM
    Auto-scrolling does keep the screen cleaner, I'll say that.
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 6:28:42 PM
    You can even set it up so it scrolls at a standard speed.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 6:28:42 PM
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 6:29:03 PM
    You can put your thumb on it to stop the scrolling, and let go to keep it going.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 6:29:08 PM
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 6:29:12 PM
    It feels natural, he says.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/18/2014 6:29:29 PM
    I also like that you can keep auto-scroll running like a teleprompter, or like cruise control for your article or e-book.
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 6:29:35 PM
    Didn't Galaxy S4 come out with a tilt scroll feature? Or something that used eye recognition?
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 6:29:38 PM
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 6:29:44 PM
    I feel like that disappeared...
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 6:30:13 PM
    You can pin books, magazines, content to your app grid, he says.
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 6:30:19 PM
    Now we're finally looking at the UI.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/18/2014 6:30:39 PM
    Pinning other content to the app grid is a bit like what you can do with the Windows Phone start screen, BTW. Like it.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 6:30:54 PM
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 6:31:04 PM
    There's a carousel of apps on top, as well as four standard common apps at the bottom.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 6:31:25 PM
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  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 6:31:39 PM
    You can scroll through the carousel of "hero apps" up top.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/18/2014 6:31:48 PM
    The point of the widgets is to get in and out without having to load up a full app.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 6:31:52 PM
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 6:31:53 PM
    Now for music.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 6:32:22 PM
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 6:32:34 PM
    Bezos has unbelievable admiration who make a tiny fedora cool. It's harder than building a smartphone, he says.
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 6:32:46 PM
    The music app runs on a three panel design.
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 6:32:52 PM
  • James Martin 6/18/2014 6:33:07 PM
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 6:33:15 PM
    The center panel shows the song that's playing, the right panel has sychronized lyrics.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/18/2014 6:33:48 PM
    Bezos just turned his wrist to navigate the music app -- which is good as long as all your movements are deliberate.
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 6:33:58 PM
    You can imagine what the Dynamic Perspective tech can do with gaming.
  • Roger Cheng 6/18/2014 6:34:07 PM
    Bezos pulls up the game Tofu Fury -- great name.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 6/18/2014 6:34:12 PM
    "I picked this one because the idea of angry tofu delights me." - Bezos
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