Amazon’s custom version of Android 5.0 Lollipop has a number of nifty features, including an integrated blue light filter, a speed-reading option for the Kindle app, improved parental control tools (including a web browser), and other features.
And now it is reportedly going to be released for the 2013 Fire HDX tablets.
Update: Nope. Amazon informed me on Friday that this was an error. “We inadvertently sent the message about the update to a small portion of our tablet customers who have earlier versions of Fire tablets, and we are following up with them to apologize for the inconvenience,” a spokesperson told me in an email. Only the 2014 Fire HDX 8.9 will be getting the update.
Earlier today a Fire HDX 7 owner posted a screenshot on MobileRead which shows a notice from Amazon promising an update for their tablet:
I am still waiting for additional detail (and confirmation) from Amazon, but this sounds like great news for Fire HDX tablet owners. Amazon had previously said that Fire OS 5 Bellini would only be released to the newest generation Fire tablets, and last year’s models.
Amazon started rolling out the latest Bellini update in early December, although they have yet to update the Fire HD7 and Fire HD6 tablets which were released last year.
Perhaps last year’s models will be getting an update at the same time as the 2013 models?