Kindle Fire Operating System – Underneath the Hood of the New Tablet

by Andy Brock on November 1, 2011

Kindle Fire Operating SystemThe Kindle Fire is Amazon’s latest entry into the e-Reader market and perhaps the company’s first legitimate attempt to compete with both the iPad and the Nook Color in the tablet space. The Fire is set to release on November 15th and even before the actual release, Amazon is seeing pre-orders skyrocket.

Under the hood

With many tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab and Motorola Xoom moving to or currently using a flavor of the Android operating system, the Kindle Fire is moving in a slightly different direction.

The Kindle Fire operating system is an offshoot rebuild of the Android 2.3 OS, with a number of improvements and innovations added on top of an already stable system. Many in the tech industry are praising Amazon’s new version of the Android system, and it seems that the OS will be able to run most applications fairly smoothly. It may be fair to say, in fact, that Amazon has created a modified Android OS that outdoes the original product but it does not go without a little controversy.

The Android OS that is underneath the hood of the Fire, is a branch of the OS that is not in other tablets. So, the thought is that it is actually using a smartphone type OS but instead of using the release code named Gingerbread the Fire is using its own flavor. In addition, the smartphone OS is also different than the popular and official tablet release Honeycomb.

What about apps?

The Kindle Fire possesses an operating system that is both user-friendly and uniquely suited to the task of allowing consumers to consume media. The latter fact should not be surprising, as most of the media consumed will, in theory, be sold by Amazon itself. While some early reports have noted that the machine is slightly slower than some other tablets in switching between tasks, these same results note that the Apps on the device run both quickly and smoothly. The interface itself is detailed without being overwhelming, and the ability to get Apps directly from Amazon is certainly a helpful feature.

The Fire’s OS is certainly innovative, even if most of that innovation takes place atop a fairly stable platform. The apps run fast, the system is intuitive, and most individuals that have gotten their hands on the system have nothing but positive things to say. It is fairly likely that the system will see updates later in its life to optimize its performance, but even day-one adopters should find themselves fairly happy with the product. Whether you need a tablet or merely want to see the next iteration of Android operating system, the Fire is likely a good choice for your needs.

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Hiram May 24, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Can the Kindle Fire OS be installed on a Kindle?


Maria October 13, 2012 at 11:32 am

The Kindle Fire is great, I love the OS (better than the original Android OS) and the Kindle Fire looks amazing! Better than the Nook Color (or any Nook). I would highly recommend the Kindle Fire to anyone looking for a great tablet or eReader.


Stacey Collins January 26, 2013 at 7:01 pm

what version of Adobe flash player should I download for my Kindle Fire HD?


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