So there’s been a lot of buzz today about the impending release of the Kindle Fire, at an equally blazing price point of $199 USD. And for good reason – it seems like the Fire will be spec’ed out reasonably well. Tight integration with Amazon’s app store and content library bodes well for the platform as well.
At this point, we have reason to believe the Fire will be running a heavily modified version of Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). Exact technical details have not been released on this topic, so it’s difficult to say with certainty. In any case, we’re as excited as you to get our hands on the new Kindle. We’re attempting to gain access to the developer beta right now and secure devices for testing. Since we’re sure the Fire will be a pretty big deal, we’re looking to support it right away at launch if we can. We’ll be sharing more specifics as we have them.
For those of you who can’t wait another minute to start developing for an e-reader, check out our getting started blog post on developing for the Barnes and Noble Nook.
We’ve also recently had a visit from head of mobile engineering Don Thorp on exciting developments in Android performance coming soon. Be sure to check that out if you haven’t already.
Thanks and stay tuned!
Update: This overview article on Mashable seems to confirm the Fire is running on 2.3