Amazon plans to replace Android-based Fire OS with new operating system on Fire TV, other devices: Report

Amazon currently runs Fire OS, an Android fork, on its Fire TV and tablets. Fire OS devices support most Android apps because the operating system is based on the Android open source project. However, the e-commerce giant may be planning to move away from Google’s OS. According to a new report, Amazon is planning to replace the Android-based Fire OS on Fire TV and other devices with a new operating system. The new OS is reportedly in the advanced development stage and could be shipped to supported devices in 2024.

according to lowpass Newsletter, Amazon is in the process of replacing the Android OS with a new operating system on Fire TV and other supported devices. The new OS, known internally as Vega, has already been tested on the Fire TV Streaming Adapter and could be seen on select Fire TVs next year. The report mentions that Amazon has informed select partners that it is working on a transition to a new OS for its devices in the near future.

The company has been working on a new OS for years and is said to have talked about it with chip makers in 2017. It seems that OS development efforts have picked up pace recently. The report cites an Amazon employee who spoke about the OS at a tech worker forum, saying the company was working on an “iOS/Android competitor for all devices and IoT,” While development on the OS was in its final stages. ,

According to the report, Vega will be a web-forward OS for smart homes and other devices. Amazon reportedly intends to move away from Android completely across all of its devices. In addition to Fire TV and displays, Vega could also run on in-car entertainment systems and other future devices.

Currently, the Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Echo Show smart display, and Fire tablets run on the Android-based Fire OS. Since Amazon’s OS is based on open-source Android, the latest version of the operating system, Fire OS 8, is based on Android 10 (API level 29) and Android 11 (API level 30). There has been no official statement from Amazon regarding Vega OS or its launch timeline, but reports say that the OS will arrive on select devices early next year.

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