Fire OS LCD devices Kindle Fire showing components, back cover removed Amazonian, formerly called the Kindle Fire, is a line of tablet computers developed by Amazon .com. Built with Quanta Computer, the Kindle Fire was first released in November 2011; it features a color 7-inch multi-touch display with IPS technology and running a custom version of Google's Android operating system called Fire OS.
In September 2014, when the fourth generation was introduced, the name Kindle was dropped. In September 2015, the fifth generation Fire 7 was released, followed by the sixth generation Fire HD 8, in September 2016.
On the later model, the Fire tablet is also able to convert into Smart speaker turning on the “Show Mode” options, which the primary interaction will be by voice command through Alexa. On September 7, 2012, upgrades to the device were announced with consumer availability to those European countries with a localized version of Amazon's website (United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Spain).
Estimates of the device's initial bill of materials cost ranged from $150 to $202. Amazon's business strategy was stated in 2011 as making money through sales of digital content on the Fire, rather than through sales of the device itself.
As of October 2012 , the Kindle Fire was the second best-selling tablet after Apple's iPad, with about 7 million units sold according to estimates by Forrester Research and as of 2013 Amazon's tablets were the fourth best-selling. A more powerful and video-friendly version, the Kindle Fire HD (7 and 8.9 inch versions) was also made available, initially priced at $199 and $299.
The Kindle Fire HD had an improved graphics engine, double the memory, and triple the processor speed of the previous model. There was also the Fire HD 6 that has a six-inch screen with a quad-core processor priced at US$99.
In September 2015, Amazon announced the release of the Fire 7, priced at US$49.99 for the 8 GB version that displays advertisements on the lock screen. This fifth generation tablet includes for the first time a micro SD card slot for extra storage.
In September 2016, Amazon announced the release of the Fire HD 8 which includes the virtual assistant Alexa, priced at US$89.99. Fortune reported that, “As with most of Amazon's devices, the aim isn't to make money off of the hardware but instead to sell digital content such as books, movies, and TV shows to users”.
A slightly improved Fire 7 was released in June 2017, keeping the US$49.99 price point. An upgraded model of Fire 7 was announced in May 2019, with a scheduled release in June 2019 and keeping the US$49.99 price point.
The Kindle Fire hardware is manufactured by Quanta Computer (an Original Design Manufacturer), which also originally helped design the BlackBerry Playbook, using it as a hardware template for the Kindle Fire. First-generation Kindle Fire devices employed a 1-GHz Texas Instruments Map 4430 dual-core processor.
According to Amazon, the first-generation Kindle Fire's 4400 mAh battery sustains up to 8 hours of consecutive reading and up to 7.5 hours of video playback with wireless off; later generations all offered around 7–8 hours Of the 8 GB internal storage available in the first-generation Kindle Fire, approximately 6.5 GB was available for content.
The first-generation Kindle Fire has a sensor on the upper left-hand corner of the screen. This was widely considered to be an ambient-light sensor, disabled since an early software upgrade.
The second-generation Kindle Fire HD runs a customized Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich OS. Along with access to Amazon Appstore, the Fire includes a cloud-accelerated “split browser”, Amazon Silk, using Amazon EC2 for off-device cloud computation; including webpage layout and rendering, and Google's Spy protocol for faster webpage content transmission.
The user's Amazon digital content is given free storage in Amazon Cloud's web-storage platform, 5 GB music storage in Amazon Cloud Drive, and a built-in email application allows webmail (Gmail, Yahoo! The subscription-based Amazon Prime, which includes unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows, is available with a free 30-day trial period.
Content formats supported by the first-generation Kindle Fire where Kindle Format 8 (KF8), Kindle Mob (.AZW), TXT, PDF, unrestricted Mob, PRC natively, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, Was, MP4, VP8. Because of Amazon's USB driver implementation, the first-generation Kindle Fire suffered from slow USB transfer speeds.
It is possible to convert a Kindle Fire to a tablet running standard Android, with some loss of Amazon -related functionality, and lacking features such as Bluetooth, microphone, camera, and memory expansion. Analysts had projected the device to be a strong competitor to Apple's iPad, and that other Android device makers would suffer lost sales.
In a 2012 review published by Project Gutenberg, the Kindle Fire was called a “huge step back in freedom from the Kindle 3 “; the reviewer noted that Amazon introduced a “deliberate limitation” into the Fire that didn't exist in the previous version: it is no longer possible to download free e-books from websites such as Project Gutenberg, Internet Archive and Google Books and have them stored permanently in the same places where books from Amazon are kept. Customers began receiving Kindle Fires on November 15, 2011; in December 2012, customers had purchased over a million Kindle devices per week.
International Data Corporation (IDC) estimated that the Kindle Fire sold about 4.7 million units during the fourth quarter of 2011. The Amazon Kindle Fire helped the company beat their 2012 first quarter estimates and boosted the company's stock in extended trading.
The Kindle Fire (left) compared with the iPod Touch (right) Fire HD, the 'mid-market' version of the Kindle Fire, with improved specifications, including higher resolution screens and improved processors running Fire OS since 4th generation and Android for the early models.
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You can get free e-books to the Fire too, but the process is so cumbersome that it isn't worth the trouble given the alternative of buying a Nexus 7, which handles free e-books with ease. To be specific, there is no way to download free books from the web and have the Kindle Fire store them permanently or in the same places where your books from Amazon are kept.
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