Amazon job listing confirms that Fire TV is dropping Android-based Fire OS

A report last year claimed that Amazon was working on an operating system, called Vega OS, as a replacement for the Android-based operating system it has been using on Echo and Fire TV devices for years. Shortly after, the new operating system was all but confirmed to already be running on Amazon’s new Echo Show 8 but whether or not it would be coming to Fire TV devices was still up in the air. Now, a new job listing from Amazon has confirmed that Fire TVs are transitioning away from Android and Fire OS. Read more ›

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Amazon’s in-house Vega OS is already on the new Echo Show 5

A report surfaced last week that Amazon has been working on its own in-house operating system called Vega OS as a replacement for its Android-based Fire OS. Dave Zatz of Zatz Not Funny! has now discovered that the latest version of the Echo Show 5, released earlier this year, is very likely already using Amazon’s new operating system. Read more ›

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Amazon reportedly may ditch Android on future Fire TV devices

A report from Janko Roettgers on Lowpass states that Amazon is working on a new in-house operating system, called Vega, as a replacement for its Android-based Fire OS, according to sources. While the project has been in the works since as early as 2017, it is said to be far enough along that it could appear on future Fire TV and smart display devices as early as next year. Read more ›

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Amazon’s 3rd-gen Fire TV Cube will ship with Fire OS 7, not Fire OS 8

Amazon revealed the much anticipated 3rd-gen Fire TV Cube earlier today and there is a lot to like about the new device. However, one surprising omission is a new version of Fire OS. Even though Fire OS 8, based on Android 11, was introduced on the new Fire 7 tablet earlier this year, the new Fire TV Cube will, unfortunately, be shipping with Fire OS 7, based on Android 9, when it’s released next month. Read more ›

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Amazon will debut Fire OS 8 based on Android 11 next month

Along with the announcement of the all-new Fire 7 tablet, Amazon has quietly revealed that the next major version of Fire OS, its in-house flavor of Android, will debut in June on the new tablet, as Liliputing first spotted. Fire OS 8 will be based on Android 11, which is a significant move up from Fire OS 7, which is based on Android 9. Read more ›

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Android TV 12 has officially launched and nobody cares

When a new version of Android launches, it’s usually a big deal, at least when it comes to phones. That’s not the case with Android TV as version 12 has now officially launched but it doesn’t matter to anyone but developers since the only device that it’s available on is the ADT-3 Developer Kit. Google’s own flagship Andoird TV device, the 2020 Chromecast, is still running Android TV 10 with no indication that it will be updated. Similarly, the newest Amazon Fire TVs are based on Android 9 and have also shown no indication of being updated. Read more ›

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Fire TV Stick 4K is not getting Fire OS 7 with the New Interface Update

Many Fire TV Stick 4K owners were holding out hope that the new Fire TV interface update that started rolling out to their devices last week would bring with it an update from Fire OS 6 to Fire OS 7. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. When the new interface arrives on a Fire TV Stick 4K, it moves it from software version 6.2.7.7 to version 6.2.8.0, which keeps it on Fire OS 6. Read more ›

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New Amazon Fire HD 8 to be the first Fire tablet to run Fire OS 6

Amazon announced a new Fire HD 8 tablet yesterday that will be released in about a month. The tablet is identical in many ways to the model it’s replacing, but a key difference that isn’t mentioned in the announcement or on the product page is that the new Fire HD 8 will be the first Amazon tablet to run Fire OS 6, Amazon’s newest operating system. While an update to Fire OS 6 is preferred, it could cause app incompatibility issues at launch. Read more ›

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Amazon says it is “unknown/undecided” if existing Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks will be updated to Fire OS 6

With confirmation that Fire OS 6 will debut next month when the new 4K HDR Fire TV 3 ships and indication that it will bring with it new features, the question many of you have is if your existing Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks will also receive the new operating system. Amazon is not ready to commit to saying yes or no right now. Read more ›

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Fire OS 6 on the Fire TV 3 will support Picture-in-Picture, Video Time-Shifting, and Content Recording

The all-new Amazon Fire TV 3 will be the first device to run Fire OS 6 when it’s released next month. It’s probably safe to say that the updated OS will add some new features to the Fire TV that aren’t available today. Amazon says Fire OS 6 will be in parity with Android TV Nougat and specifically says it will support Picture in Picture, Video Time Shifting, and Content Recording. Read more ›

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