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Amazon Fire Phone gets huge update… to KitKat

Amazon on Thursday announced a major update for the Fire Phone. It includes plenty of new features and, perhaps a bit hilariously, updates the underlying software of the phone from the ancient Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system up to the still outdated Android 4.4 KitKat OS. Android powers Amazon’s custom Fire OS.

New features include support for Bluetooth Low Energy devices, improvements to notifications that appear on the lock screen, the addition of color emoji to the default keyboard, auto HDR camera support, call log management tweaks, the option to print from your phone, color-coded calendar events and the ability to tweak the text size in your messages. We assume many of these are welcome features, though they’re all options that come default on pretty much every other phone on the market.

The update technically brings Fire OS up to version 4.6.1, and you can install it over wireless networks or manually through a USB cable. Hit the source for more information.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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