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Amazon announces developer preview for Fire OS 5 for Fire HD 6 and Fire HD 7 tablets

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Amazon has announced the launch of a developer preview for their upcoming Fire OS 5 that’s set to hit their lineup of tablets later this year. Any developer with a Fire HD 6 or Fire HD 7 tablet from 2014 can get in on the preview and test out how their apps will run on the updated version of Amazon’s forked OS.

The update, which is based on Android Lollipop, is set to bring a handful of new features to Amazon’s Fire Tablet, Fire TV, and Fire TV Stick. Hopefully with this developer program, there shouldn’t be many compatibility issues once it becomes official.

Amazon’s 90 second testing service has also been updated to support Fire OS 5 if you don’t want to actually install unofficial software on your devices. The testing service lets developers upload their app apk to Amazon’s server where it will run some basic tests to check compatibility with newer software and devices.

Interestingly, Amazon’s information about this doesn’t mention the Fire Phone whatsoever. Poor little guy.

source: Amazon

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