Amazon has already ditched Android for its own Vega OS on the Echo Show 5
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- The Amazon Echo Show 5 third generation shows its software version as “OS 1.1” instead of “Fire OS 7.x,” indicating that Amazon has already ditched Android.
- The appearance and user experience of this new Vega OS are very similar to Fire OS on the Echo Show 5.
- It is unknown when Fire TVs and Fire Tablets will switch to Vega OS.
Amazon has long used Android for its smart displays, TVs, and other smart home products. But the Android on them is pretty unrecognizable, as it is a forked version of AOSP without any of Google’s apps on top. Amazon (attempts to) lock down this forked version on its devices, but there are ways to install the Google Play Store on Amazon Fire tablets. Last week, reports emerged that Amazon was working to switch to a new OS, but it seems that the company has already made moves to ditch Android.
As spotted by Zats Not Funny via The Verge, Amazon has already begun using its own OS, internally called Vega OS. This new web-centric Linux variant has been spotted on the third-generation Echo Show 5, where Amazon has reset its software versioning back to 1. The Echo Show 5 shows its software as simply “OS 1.1” instead of Fire OS 7.x or similar.
Author: Aamir Siddiqui. [Source Link (*), Android Authority]