Amazon recently announced its latest tablets, the Amazon Fire 7 and Amazon Fire 7 Kids. The Fire 7 tablet is the best value in Amazon’s tablet lineup, with the latest editions offering an updated SoC, more RAM, better battery life and Fire OS 8. According to Amazon, Fire OS 8 will integrate updates to Android 10 and Android 11. What you need to know most about Fire OS 8 is that it will arrive first on the latest Fire 7 tablets when they go on sale in June .
Although powered by Android 10 and Android 11 under the hood, Fire OS 8 might not be that different from previous versions of Fire OS. This is because Amazon only uses Android as a base and does its own customizations on top of that. Thankfully, Amazon has a developer website that gives us some details on what’s coming with Fire OS 8.
First and foremost, TLS 1.3 support will be enabled by default. If enabled, apps can access the location while running in the background. Those looking to rest their eyes will be happy to know that a system-wide dark theme will be available. Users will have the option to give an app temporary permissions. Unfortunately, Android 11’s File Based Encryption (FBE) will not be supported.
If the Amazon Fire 7 sounds interesting, you can pre-order the device. The tablets are expected to debut on June 29, 2022. There will be two versions, the Fire 7 which is the standard tablet, and the Kid version which will come with a colorful case, an additional year of warranty, and also a subscription to Amazon Kids Plus. The standard model will cost $59.99, while the Kid version will cost $109.99. Both are now available for pre-order. Remember that the base $59.99 model will contain ads. If you don’t want to deal with the ads, you can just pay $74.99 to have them removed.
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