Monday, November 13, 2023

Fire TV to change operating system?

There is a report that Amazon will change the operating system in its Fire TV devices. Currently, Fire OS is based on the Android operating system. The report from Lowpass says Amazon will dump their Android based OS as early as next year.

Development of the new operating system, which is internally known as Vega, appears fairly advanced. The system has already been tested on Fire TV streaming adapters, and Amazon has told select partners about its plans to transition to a new application framework in the near future. A source with knowledge of the company’s plans suggested that it could start shipping Vega on select Fire TV devices as early as next year.

Amazon didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Amazon has been working on an alternative OS for years. I first heard about the company exploring this idea in 2019, and someone told me at the time that Amazon folks had brought it up in conversations with chip makers as early as 2017.

Will this happen? Maybe. Is it a good idea? Maybe. Then again, maybe not.

Does it matter? Yes, very much so. If this blows up in their face, this could be a disaster for Fire TV devices. Of course,  they've been at it for years, so maybe they're waiting to get it right. If so, then it'll be a very good thing.

I'm curious about this whole thing, and wonder how it will all shake out. My Streaming Life doesn't use a lot of Fire TV, although I'm very familiar with it. How it changes in the next year will be interesting.

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