Amazon Big Fire OS Upgrade to Android 11. Although this might come as a shock to a lot of people, Amazon happens to be one of the biggest Android tablet makers that do not make headlines or probably get added to the charts. This is mainly because the Fire OS that it places on its Tablets might not qualify as what a lot of people consider Android, but there’s a true Android operating system underneath regardless – just not one that Google has certified.
Amazon Big Fire OS Upgrade to Android 11
With all that stated, Amazon does not actually behave like a typical Android device manufacturer either, especially when it comes to keeping Fire OS in sync with the mainline Android Open-Source Project (AOSP). That is why when the Fire OS 8 for the upcoming Fire 7 (2022) tablet was revealed, there was a huge deal of fuss over the update, especially among owners of Amazon Fire Devices.
The Amazon Fire 7 (2022) on its own is already in possession of a significant upgrade over its 2019 predecessor mainly because of the internal changes. Although the 7-inch screen and 2MP front and rear cameras stay the same. The processor has been bumped up to about 3GHz from 1.3GHz, and RAM has been doubled to 2GB.
Of course, these sound like dismal specs in comparison to other Android tablets, but the starting price of $60 earmarks it as a product for a completely different audience and purpose than other slates. The Fire tablet would always be a gateway to Amazon’s services and content, and the inexpensive hardware is quite sufficient for gaining access to those platforms.
In the mids of the next-gen fire announcement, Amazon did not focus too much on the major Fire OS update that would arrive with these tablets when they arrive on the shelves in June – it would be the Fire OS 8, the first major upgrade that was released by Amazon since the Fire OS 7 was launched with the 2019 model. And just like the 2022 model of the tablet, it might be seen as if nothing has changed on the surface, but rest assured, there are some critical changes beneath.
New Fire OS 8 Features
One of the most important upgrades that the Fire OS 8 possesses is the Android 11 from 2020. The Fire OS 7 was still built on the Android 9 pie, which was launched back in 2018. By October, the Android 11 would already be two years old, so it’s not like Amazon is offering its, customers, the latest experience. This still happens to be a significant upgrade, though, especially when it comes to improving the stability and security that has to do with the operating system. Of course, you would come across some other features, a lot of which is invisible to the end-user except for one particular change.
The Fire OS 8 would be offering dark themes finally, one of the major features that the Android 11 brought to the platform. Also, it would be able to support the HEIF image format, so that users would be able to view photos that were taken on iPhones in that format. Also, there are tons of changes when it comes to the privacy features, like allowing users to grant one-time permission to apps, allowing the apps to gain access to location in the background, and more.
Android 11 on Fire OS 8
Amazon gave a statement that the Android 11 feature would be present on the Fire OS 8, and it includes a File Base Encryption, for example. End users might not even notice the changes that took place underneath because the Fire OS 8 would look more like the OS 7. The big picture here is when and if Amazon would roll out the upgrade to other fire devices, including Fire TV, something the company is not quite consistent with based on its history.