Amazon introduces Fire OS 4 Sangaria

Amazon unveiled the new Fire OS 4 Sangaria, the software that powers Amazon’s Fire devices.

The new Fire OS version improves from its previous versions. The new OS has a changed user interface that delivers easy and fast access to user’s books, songs, videos, and games.

Fire OS 4 updates the visual design of the UI and adds Profiles so each user can have their individual email, Facebook and Twitter accounts, display settings, bookmarks and game levels.

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“Fire OS 4 improves in both of these areas, and deeply integrates software, content, and the Cloud to deliver services that are only available from Amazon, including Family Library, Firefly, and free cloud storage for photos,” said Dave Limp, senior vice president, Amazon.

Fire OS 4 is based on KitKat and adds features and services. Fire OS includes a feature called ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction) which predicts the movies and TV episodes user will want to watch and starts them instantly.

Amazon Fire phone

Smart Suspend feature develops a device-specific profile for when the tablet is typically not in use and proactively turns wireless off and on to deliver up to 25 percent more standby battery life.

To improve the performance and ease-of-use, Fire OS integrates with Amazon Cloud. It also helps to enable cross-platform syncing, and to power services that require more processing.

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The new OS include other features like Family Library so users can share their apps, games, audiobooks, books, and Prime Instant Video content with other members of their household.

It also includes Firefly for users to identify and take action on artwork, text, and audio instantly. It is available for over 100 million items.

The Fire OS also allows free unlimited storage in Cloud Drive for photos taken on Fire devices.

Fire OS 4 will be available on all 4th generation Fire tablets and for all 3rd generation Fire tablets via free, over-the-air software update.  Firefly will be available on Fire HDX 8.9.

Fire OS 4 will be available on Fire phone early next year.


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