Thursday, June 19, 2014

Amazon Fire Phone

I can finally reveal the reason for letting my blog lie dormant for so long. I've been fully occupied (and then some) working on a secret project at Amazon: the Fire phone. This is the message I sent to my team, just a few moments before Jeff took the stage to make the announcement:
This is a proud day for the company and a proud day for the Emerging Technologies team.
You have attained two genuinely great industry and scientific milestones. You built the first reliable, usable head tracker to ever ship in a phone. You built the first robust, usable gesture recognizer to ever ship in a phone. You did these while meeting quality and power goals that once seemed impossible. You have – without the slightest exaggeration – significantly advanced the state-of-the-art in both technologies.
You will carry the accolades and lessons learned for the rest of your careers. You have made your mark and no one can ever take this away from you.
You are a world-class team and I am extremely proud of what you have accomplished.
It has been a privilege to lead such an amazing team.

You can pre-order the Fire phone here:

The video of the product announcement is embedded below.

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