Amazon has been working to get rid of Android as the official operating system behind its devices. Instead of using it, the company hopes that a new OS it has developed will be the better route for its needs going forward.
So many of Amazon’s devices rely on Android to function. This includes its Fire TV products, Fire Tablets, Echo Show devices, and more. In fact, it has been one of the most affordable ways of scoring an Android tablet thanks to this. However, the company’s plans no longer align with the OS it appears and it has already started to shift some of its products away.
Some of its products have already been showing a different version than Android in their settings. Proving that the company is already actively moving away from Android.
This could be a power move to allow Amazon more freedom in the information it is able to collect from its devices. It could also simply be a move toward something it feels will be a more stable and less-resource intensive experience. Allowing its products to evolve quicker with the materials and products already available.
If you ask Amazon, the answer leans toward the latter of the two reasons as it tries to get rid of a the prison of restrictions and outdated version numbers it suffers from by using Android. This allows the company to be in full control of making sure devices have the most up-to-date version of each device’s software. Here’s just hoping that the company rolls out security fixes as commonly as Google does.
You’ll likely see most of your Amazon devices that have relied on Android all this time switching to the new OS in the near future as the company continues to find ways to roll it out with as little disruption as possible.