Android Studio claims Fire OS is Android 5.1.1 API 22.

I would really like to be using Nougat (which apparently Fire OS 6 is). Shouldn't I have the latest Fire OS on my tablet?

Is there a way to do that? If not, I'll have to try rooting it. I hate these OEM blonked Android OS flavours!

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Fire OS 6 for 7th generation tablets are not released yet, so it's not possible to install it yet. It is not sure whether Amazon will release it ever, or just keep maintaining the Lollipop Fire OS 5 version either. It might be best to just root it, you can install it later if they release it. (There is a way to go back to stock which will re-enable OTA updates. That will not leave any traces of rooting)

Even with root you won't be able to install a clean Android ROM, because the bootloader is locked. (No custom recovery either) But, you'll still be able to remove bloat apps, change launcher, install Google apps, speed it up considerably by adding a swap partition, install Xposed, etc.

  • Just reviewing. Didn't thank. Thank you. Also, did you ever try to root one of them? It's very finnicky isn't it? Any new methods?
    – chrips
    Commented Aug 6, 2019 at 21:33
  • There was a new method discovered recently which is not very easy, but easier than the older method. I also think a bootloader unlock method was discovered too? You'll find them on the XDA Fire HD 8 and 10 Forum, I got a new device so haven't been in touch with these methods :)
    – Supersonic
    Commented Aug 7, 2019 at 2:30

Amazon says 7th gen Fires should have Fire OS 6 now.


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