Amazon is finally ready to release a new Fire 7 tablet, and with it the company is updating the version of Android used by its tablets. The company recently confirmed the release of Fire OS 8 based on Android 11, along with several new features.
While most people don’t care which version of Android their Fire tablet is running, it’s still crucial that Amazon stays up to date with the latest changes, features, and security enhancements. So while previous tablets use Fire OS 7, running on Android 9, the new Fire 7 tablet is powered by Android 11.
Yes, it’s still almost two years, but it’s better than nothing. According to Amazon’s official Fire OS 8 release docs, tablet users can expect a slew of changes and new features. Considering this is a heavily forked version of Android compared to what’s on most smartphones, not everything will be included.
According to Amazon, users can expect a lot of changes from Android 10 and Android 11 to head to the Fire 7 tablet. Some of them include improved permissions and privacy controls, security fixes updated, a new system-wide dark mode, not to mention an improved sharing and settings panel.
Thanks to Android 11 inclusions, Fire OS 8 has Google’s unique permission controls, restrictions on apps running in the background or accessing the camera and microphone, and feature parity with Android 11. Amazon asked developers to test and target their apps for Fire OS 8 to ensure the best experience and device compatibility, but that’s about all we know so far.
Unfortunately, we don’t know which of Amazon’s long list of tablets will get the update to Fire OS 8. According to The edgeAmazon has not yet confirmed or announced any updates for older hardware.
Either way, the new Amazon Fire Tablet 7 will have a lot to offer when it arrives on June 29. Grab yours from the link below.
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via Android Police