If you have ever used Amazon’s Fire devices you probably tested the Fire OS. This operating system is a modified version of Android, and it uses all the Android features that work on a TV. Right now Fire TV devices use Fire OS 5.x, but the upcoming Fire TV will come with a brand new operating system, Fire OS 6.0, which will be based on Android 7.1 Nougat.
Fire OS 6 will come with the new Amazon Fire TVs, the 2017 edition. This means we can get them both by the end of the month. However, we do not know yet if this operating system will also work on the other Fire devices.
The new OS will be available in October
Fire OS 6 is supposed to come with all the Nougat features and Amazon has mentioned that “all features in Android Nougat are supported.” This means that the user experience will be improved with the help of some functions like the picture-in-picture (PiP) mode. This will allow you to watch a video in the corner of the screen and use other apps at the same time, making multitasking easier.
The upcoming Fire TV will take advantage of other useful Android Nougat features like time-shifting APIs for pausing and fast-forwarding and rewinding live content. The Fire OS 6 should also make content recording smoother.
For now, we only know about the features of the Fire OS 6.0 that work on TV, but the update is supposed to become available on tablets as well. However, that won’t happen any time soon. There are plenty of tablets like Fire HD 8, Fire HD 10 and Fire Tablet, and the Fire OS will probably come with many useful functions for it.
You can already pre-order the Fire TV for $70. You should receive the device on October 25th.