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Amazon introduces Fire OS 4 “Sangria”

Amazon Fire family of devices, September 2014 refresh, loaded with Fire OS 4 Sangria
Amazon Fire family
Amazon updated its Android-based mobile operating system yesterday, next to the release of a whole new set of devices, including slates for children or the all-new Kindle Voyage.

Amazon announced yesterday the introduction of Fire OS 4 "Sangria" next to the all new Fire HD and Fire HDX tablets, but this new version will also be available as a free OTA update for all third generation Fire tablets. This mobile OS is based on Android 4.4 KitKat and "adds features and services to make it faster and easier to use."

Some highlights of Fire OS 4 "Sangria" can be seen below: 

  • Advanced Streaming and Prediction - starts automatically movies and TV episodes the user want to see
  • Smart Suspend - up to 25 percent more battery life thanks to the use of device-specific power profiles
  • Amazon cloud integration with free unlimited storage
  • Family Library for sharing apps, games, audiobooks and books, as well as Prime Instant Video content
  • Updated user interface and the introduction of user profiles 

While the OTA software update should be available anytime soon, the official press release says Fire OS 4 will only get it "early next year" and nothing more. Please check below for additional information.

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Codrut Nistor, 2014-09-18 (Update: 2014-09-19)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.