Amazon Releases Developer Preview of Fire OS 5

Posted 6/24/2015 1:01:50 PM by RICHARD HARRIS, Executive Editor

Amazon Releases Developer Preview of Fire OS 5
Amazon has announced the developer preview of Fire OS 5, the Android-based operating system for Fire tablets, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Fire OS 5 is based on Android Lollipop which helps ensure Android apps work on Fire devices with no additional engineering effort. 

Developers can request early access to the Fire OS 5 developer preview and view apps running on a Fire HD 6 or Fire HD 7 tablet, which can help with identifying any app compatibility issues in advance of the new Fire OS launch later this year.

As Lollipop brings many fundamental changes to Android Open Source Project (AOSP) that impact app compatibility - most notably the introduction of Android Run Time (ART) - Amazon has tested a number of apps in its catalog and compiled a knowledge base of articles which highlight common Lollipop issues they have seen and recommended best practices to address those issues.

Developers can test their app’s compatibility with Fire OS 5 using an updated version of the Amazon Testing Service. To test an app, drag and drop an Android APK into the App Testing Service on the Amazon Developer Portal homepage page and, in about 90 seconds, developers will receive compatibility results for Fire OS 5 and Android Lollipop. 

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About the author: RICHARD HARRIS, Executive Editor

As the Publisher and Editor for App Developer Magazine, Richard has several industry recognitions and endorsements from tech companies such as Microsoft, Apple and Google for accomplishments in the mobile market. He was part of the early Google AFMA program, and also involved in the foundation of Google TV. He has been developing for mobile since 2003 and serves as CEO of Moonbeam Development, a mobile app company with 200 published titles in various markets throughout the world. Richard is also the founder of LunarAds, a mobile cross-promotion and self-serv mediation network for developers. He has been a featured presenter at trade-shows and conferences, and stays active with new projects relating to mobile development.

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