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Android viewed from outside Google: Kindle Fire and GridOS

In many occasions we have talked about great possibilities for Android modification being a semi open system. From the slightest change in the interface, to the modification of the keyboard, the launcher and even almost complete redesigns of the aesthetics in roms as MIUI. Even then, when you have a phone or tablet in your hand, the operating system that moves it is still recognized at first sight.

However lately they are emerging Android versions almost unrecognizable, modifications so deep that they can almost be considered a new operating system or as such they try to present, they are Android fork, projects that, starting from the same point, take a different course and that, although at the same time they remain the same, incorporate characteristics that differentiate them and convert them to a greater or lesser extent into something new.

Kindle Fire

Yesterday we told you that it finally became official the tablet with which Amazon will try to hit the table based on low price and tight characteristics in the same way as it has done in the e-book market (although in the eReaders he can be considered a pioneer while in the tablets he reaches a market covered by heavy weights).

The operating system chosen by Amazon for its first tablet, although it is difficult to recognize, is about Android Gingerbread (2.3), or rather it is an operating system that starts from that version but that evolves to adapt to what Amazon understands that it must offer in its devices so that they are integrated into the complete ecosystem they have created.

So we find all the imaginable Amazon services included by default in this system and at the same time other common ones are missing in the Android devices that we know. There is no access to the Android Market which has been replaced by the Amazon Market itself.

The interface of course looks like other Amazon devices the simplicity when accessing your store and enhance multimedia possibilities. That is, it is a tablet and an operating system designed to consume books, music, movies and games and be able to synchronize them with other Amazon devices.

If you want more information and a video of the Kindle Fire you can take a look at the article we dedicate to its presentation.

GridOS, the bet of Fusion Garage

A little over a week ago we were talking about Grid10, the tablet of Fusion Garage using Android as a base incorporated a new operating system called GridOS (also included in Grid4, its particular version of smartphones).

The course taken for this operating system makes it almost impossible to know what has developed from kernel Android, creating a brand new interface focused on your gesture-only handling and seeking in principle an even greater simplicity.

As our partner Danny commented in a certain sense some images or mode of handling may bring to mind memories of what is seen in the new Windows 8 adapted on Android which can result in a good combination however like the Amazon tablet too it has its negative points like not being able to access the official Android Market and be "limited" to the Amazon Market.

With only two products on the market (if we have Grid4) the success of this operating system will depend rather on whether the attractive price of the tablet (WiFi for ? 299 and WiFi + 3G for ? 399) manages to attract enough buyers so that the project has continuation.

On the other hand is the question of the updates, something that (in principle) I don't care about Amazon and that however awake In Myself any doubt in the case of GridOS although I hope they are unfounded.

You have more information about GridOS both in the article dedicated to the tablet and its two devices.