With its Fire OS for tablets, which is one of the most well-known derivatives of the Android operating system, Amazon is finally updating to Android 11.
Android 11, which is still one version behind Pixels and other recently released Android devices, is a long overdue upgrade for Amazon’s Fire OS. Previously, Android 9 served as the foundation for Fire OS, and Android 10 was not released.
Amazon will support Direct Share, HEIF pictures, and mercifully, dark mode starting with Android 10. Although Amazon has not yet provided a preview of what that would look like, it appears that both the system as a whole and individual apps will have a systemwide dark mode setting.
Amazon is primarily implementing background procedures starting with Android 11, such as preventing toast messages from background apps. The capability to provide apps a single instance of access to a permission is one of the few user-facing modifications.
Although Fire OS 8 and Android 11 share feature parity, this does not necessarily mean that Fire OS 8 has access to all of Android 11’s capabilities. Fire OS 8 does not yet support several Android 11 capabilities, such as File Based Encryption (FBE).
When the new Fire 7 tablet is released next month, Amazon will unveil its Fire OS 8 operating system based on Android 11. The business hasn’t yet stated whether any of its current tablets would receive updates.