Kindle Fire is running Android 2.1 ???

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.

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About 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.