Techno Dabbler

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October 2011

Kindle Fire is running Android 2.1 ???

by Alexandre Denault, on Android, Tablet, Kindle, Amazon

Amazon is set to shake up the tablet world with its new Kindle Fire tablet. At 199$, it’s an amazing little device with a 7″ inch screen and a dual core processor. I’m not sure if I am a fan of Amazon Silk web browser, which renders web pages using the Ec2 cloud. Seems to me like a privacy issue waiting to happen.

My biggest surprise is that it runs Android 2.1. Really? Android 2.1? A quick look at the Android developer page lists 2.1 as the last supported release of Android. Need a never Android, there is 2.2, 2.3.3, 2.3.4, 3.0, 3.1 and 3.2. The kindle is 5 versions behind in operating systems.

The Kindle Fire is sure to make a big splash in the tablet market. But why Amazon would use such an antiquated version of Android is beyond me.

Alexandre Denault
Alexandre Denault

Veteran software developer and holds a PhD in Computer Science. Avid computer enthusiast (geek) who has been dabbling with technology ever since his Dad brought home an 8086 computer.

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