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New Amazon Fire TV stick brings quad-core CPU, Alexa Remote, and AC Wi-Fi

Just two days ago, Roku announced their new lineup of media center devices, and today Amazon has made public their latest Fire TV Stick. If you are unfamiliar with Amazon's hardware offerings, the Fire TV Stick is their competitor to the Chromecast (even to the point of Amazon removing Chromecast listings from their store). But unlike the Chromecast, and similar to the recently-announced Roku Express, all applications run directly on the device. The Fire TV stick also has a sizable game library, which is certainly unique at the price point.

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Fire OS 5 Comes To The Original Amazon Fire TV And Fire TV Stick (Both 1st And 2nd Gen Now Run Version 5.0.5)

Fire OS 5 is the latest release of Amazon's customized version of Android. As is tradition for the company's products, this firmware upgrade bumps devices up to being only one major version out of date. Instead of Marshmallow, Amazon's Fire gadgets are making their way up to Android 5.1.

Amazon has started pushing out Fire OS 5 to the 1st generation Fire TV and Fire TV stick. The 2nd gen hardware, which was already running 5.0.4, is also getting a boost. After the latest round of updates, all four gadgets should be left at 5.0.5.

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Amazon Brings Fire OS 5 Developer Preview Based On Android 5.1 To Fire TV

Now that you've heard the new name for Android M, you're probably all excited to hear about how Amazon plans to deliver a customized version of Android Lollipop to its Fire devices later this year. Yeah, around the time regular Android will be making the leap to Marshmallow. The company released a developer preview of Fire OS 5 back in June for the Fire HD 6 and 7. Now it's releasing a version for Fire TV as well.

With Fire OS 5, Fire TV is making the substantial jump up from OS 3. The upcoming version will bring Android 5.1 along with support for Android TV and the v17 leanback library.

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Amazon Releases Fire OS 5 Developer Preview Based On Android Lollipop, Official Launch Slated For Later This Year

Amazon's phone, tablets, and other Fire devices run Android, but it doesn't come in the form you see on most devices. They all run a variant called Fire OS. The current version is based on Android 4.4, though this doesn't matter all that much once you take into account the sheer volume of changes Amazon makes.

Nevertheless, Fire OS 5 is on its way, and it will run Android Lollipop. Today Amazon has made a developer preview available for download. This will let software creators see how their apps perform on a Fire HD 6 or 7 running the upcoming version and spot any issues ahead of the official launch later this year.

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