The Fire OS of the Amazon Fire Phone with new update
The releasing of the Amazon Fire Phone in the beginning of summer 2014 was a big deal for several reasons. First, it is the first smartphone of the major online retailer who has a good share of the tablets’ market with its Kindle Fire line and now makes its way to the smartphones’ arena. Second, the Fire Phone has unique user interface with 3D effect named Dynamic Perspective.
The user interface uses four front cameras that track the eyes of the user and create the environment-intuitive effect and gives the impression described by users as “it moved with me.” The screen of the Amazon Fire Phone is a 4.7-inch IPS glass protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The resolution of the display is 720 pixels. The extraordinary device is packed with a quad-core CPU clocked at 2.2GHz with Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip. The provided storage in the model is either 32GB or 64GB. There are 2GB RAM, no microSD slot for expansion of the storage. The camera on the back of the Fire Phone is with 13MP, LED flash and OIS. The snapper for selfies and video chats is with 2.1MP. The handset supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, 3G and LTE.
It is released by the US carrier AT&T. The entering price of the phone was $199 on a contract and $649 unlocked. However the relatively interest towards the device led to big cuts in the prices. Recently Amazon announced special deals for the smartphone for only $199 off-contract with one-year of Amazon Prime service.
The default platform of Amazon Fire Phone is Amazon Fire OS based on Android. The news about the phone is that its software is getting a major upgrade. The handsets from AT&T are getting the Fire OS 3.6.5 while the update for the unlocked models is dubbed Fire OS 3.6.8.
The software version includes new and enhanced features:
- Translate text and identify famous artwork with Firefly
Text translation from/to: English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish, and artwork recognition for 2,000 famous paintings with info available from Wikipedia.
- Take the perfect picture with Best Shot
See three versions of a given photo to choose the perfect shot.
- Enable or disable SMS / MMS settings
You can now turn character counts and MMS on or off.
- Select additional keyboard languages
Choose from seven preloaded keyboard languages and 49 additional keyboard languages to download.
- Block unwanted phone numbers
Decline unwanted calls from any given contact.
- Add custom ringtones to your phone
Add custom ringtones from the Amazon Appstore to your Fire phone.
- View more information from the lock screen
Control music directly from the lock screen, and configure your phone to wake up when a new notification arrives.
- Write and edit documents with WPS Office
Edit documents using the new, preloaded WPS Office app.
- Connect to a virtual private network (VPN) at work
Connect to a secure, corporate VPN from your Fire using the native IPSec / L2TP VPN client to stay productive while on the go.
- Sync calendars across Amazon devices registered to your Amazon account
Create appointments that are automatically synced across supported Fire phones and Fire tablets registered to your Amazon account with Amazon Cloud Calendar.
- Read your Kindle books in one continuous scroll
Read and scroll through Kindle books without ever having to touch the screen.
- Improved battery life
Dozens of systems updates for enhanced battery performance.
- Bug fixes and user interface improvements
Hundreds of other bug fixes and user interface improvements.
If you own an Amazon Fire Phone, go to Settings – Device – Install system updates – Check Now. Be sure your smartphone is fully charged before you attempt to download and install the update.