Here’s what it boils down to, gang: The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX
products are Amazon media devices — not Android tablets. You lose
much of the power and versatility of Android but gain the
simplicity of Amazon’s own Amazon-centric vision. It’s a
completely different ecosystem and environment — which isn’t
necessarily a bad thing, so long as that’s what you want.
Raphael is exactly right, but it’s been obvious ever since the first Kindle tablet that Amazon had no interest in the greater Android ecosystem. “Android” is just an implementation detail, from Amazon’s perspective. Amazon’s press release for the new tablets doesn’t mention “Android” even once. They call the OS “Fire OS”, and the only mention they make of Android on the Fire OS web page is this:
New Kindle Fire tablets are powered by the latest version of Fire
OS — Fire OS 3.0 “Mojito”, which starts with Android and adds
cloud services, a content-forward user interface, built-in media
libraries, productivity apps, and low-level platform enhancements
to integrate Amazon’s digital content and improve performance for
Kindle Fire tablets.
★ Wednesday, 25 September 2013