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Amazon Fire Phone Finally Receives Android KitKat Big Update!

Posted by: on May 8, 2015 | No Comments

Well it’s about time! The Amazon Fire mobile phone operating system finally received Android KitKat big update to version 4.6.1. I’m sure the many people that purchased the fire phone are jumping for joy. I know my daughter was extremely happy with the new update. One of the biggest draw backs for the Fire phone is that it doesn’t support the Google Play store, instead Amazon develop its own app store called the Amazon Appstore. Let me share some brief history on the Fire phone. The Fire phone is a 3D enabled smartphone running Amazon customized Fire OS. The phone was released on June 18, 2014. The phone was Amazon first trek into the smartphone market. The phone was exclusively launched through AT&T.  The new Fire OS was a welcome update for some features that should have been available day one. My daughter was happy. My opinion on the phone is 50/50. I like that Amazon went in another direction to design their custom operating system but the user interface layout is hard to understand at first. My daughter seems to like the phone with all the nice features like 3D photos and graphic animations. The Fire phone was greeted with a lukewarm reception and some felt it was just a gimmick phone with no real value to users. With all that said, I’m glad Amazon decided to continue working on the Fire phone because it demonstrate their vision to make the phone a success. Here is a list of new Fire OS updates below:

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Amazon Fire Phone Receives Update.

  • Fire OS 4.6.1 (461013320)
    The latest software version includes new and enhanced features:
    Support for Bluetooth Low Energy
    Fire phone now supports Bluetooth Low Energy technology.
    • Change the wallpaper on the Home screen
    You can now change the Home screen wallpaper to a different color or use your own image.
    • Lock screen notification improvements:
    View previews of new notifications on the lock screen and manage which apps can show previews on the lock screen.
    • Additional keyboard options:
    Amazon’s keyboard now includes color emoji. Choose from hundreds of emoji characters to make your e-mail and multimedia messages fun and personal. You can also change the default keyboard on your Fire phone with another compatible keyboard downloaded from the Amazon Appstore.
    Convert video: Convert video clips into lenticular images and set HDR to auto
    Record video clips and automatically convert them into a lenticular image to share with others or use on the lock screen. With HDR turned to auto, your phone’s camera also determines whether a scene needs HDR and captures it to create a rich, detailed image.
    Smarter calling options
    Manage up to five people on a conference call, delete all previous calls in your history, and more.
    • Messaging improvements
    Delete or forward multiple messages in a conversation, swipe to delete conversations in your Inbox, and modify your messaging settings with new options, such as the ability to change the text size of your messages.
    Choose different colors for calendar events
    If you have multiple e-mail accounts synced with your phone, you can assign a color for each account. When you select a new color for an account, your calendar events appear in that color.
    • Print from your Fire phone
    You can now print personal documents, e-mails, contact details, and calendar events from your Fire phone to your compatible HP, Epson, or Canon printers.
    Enhanced enterprise features:
    With support for secure work Wi-Fi networks, single sign-on for corporate networks, and AES-256 bit hardware encryption, your Fire phone is ready for more work.
    Easily manage your closed caption settings across the device and enjoy new Screen Reader features—such as independent volume controls and faster reading speed options—when you use the accessibility options on your Fire phone.
    Bug fixes and user interface improvements
    Dozens of other bug fixes and user interface improvements.

For more Fire OS updates and information visit Amazon.


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