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.
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 There is no access to the Android Market which has been replaced by the Amazon Market itself.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.
Baidu YI, the Android of the Asian giant
No one is already missing, or should not, the increasing power of China in the world market even when its products still rarely go beyond its borders. While some continue to think that they are limited exclusively to copies, we have examples of products such as the Xiaomi M1 or a possible future Meizu quad-core phone that would shake more than one manufacturer in the West.
Also, only with the number of users that can have a company without crossing the Great Wall can we find giants like Baidu that dominate the market without any discussion and also without allowing external interference.
Therefore, it is not surprising that in his eagerness to completely dominate the market by extending his ecosystem, Baidu has chosen create your own operating system, again from Android but on this occasion much more recognizable what has earned him on many occasions the simple copy nickname (it reminds me of the redesign of Android for MIUI).
However this operating system is oriented in the same way that Amazon does with yours to form an all-in-one with their services, including in the case of Baidu, full integration with your search engine (they call it the "Chinese Google" for a reason), its own app store and even its own social network.
You have more information about Baidu YI in the article we dedicate in your presentation.
Android not only has dessert name
It is clear that if we appreciate the freedom granted by Android in the future we will see more and more projects in the future that, starting from the same base, seek to give their own vision of what a portable operating system should be like, or perhaps even one also designed for computers.
On the one hand, the appearance of these systems can be considered as one more piece of confusion for the end user as there are more and more options with their limitations and their unique characteristics; and it is always desirable in these cases to be able to unite in a single branch the best features that have emerged. But we should also be aware that this variety of versions and developments is the one that many times allow that freedom for the birth of new functions which can then be ported to the rest of the branches as has happened with examples as clear as Linux.
It will be time that finally decides the fate of each one, and who knows, maybe one day a new version from Android is the one that becomes a reference, something that perhaps now does not seem possible but that nobody could have imagined in the case of Open Office and Libre Office.