Kindle Fire Launches in 2 Weeks, But What’s Up With the Source Code?

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2 Nov, 2011 3:30 pm

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The Kindle Fire is going to be released on November 15th with the first 1/2 Million people to pre-order getting their tablets shipped off. But the developers are in the dark as to what exactly is going on with Amazon’s particular flavor of Android.

The Kindle Fire is a tablet built on Android and it has been forked, meaning they’ve take Android and built on top of it creating a variation. According to the rumors floating around its with Frozen Yogurt 2.2 or Gingerbread 2.3.4, meaning its actually built off a smartphone OS and not the current Android tablet OS Honeycomb or the upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich.

Though big parts of the puzzle are being held back developers to have a fair bit of information. They know the specifications of the 7 inch tablet and what it won’t support.

For developers the quick and dirty requirements are that it must be optimized for Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) and a 7″ screen resolution of 1024 x 600. The app cannot require Google Mobile Services (GMS), a gyroscope, camera, WAN module, Bluetooth, microphone, GPS, or micro-SD to function.

Adobe AIR is pre-installed on Kindle Fire so Amazon says that to increase the ‘probability’ that your app will be compatible, developers should only use Ice Cream Sandwich APIs that are backwards compatible with Gingerbread.

That’s great, but what about testing? Amazon has a standard Android emulator to simulate the Kindle Fire device platform. If you’ve already got your app in the Amazon App Store it look it looks like Amazon will let you know how it will perform, on a larger scale they seem to be going through Android marketplace as well!

Despite launching with vague details there is no doubt that the Kindle Fire will provide a new, large, and potentially profitable outlet for app developers. All the developers need to properly leverage this new device and ecosystem is clarification on flavor of Android, dev tools and an emulator!

If you’re looking to pick up the Amazon Kindle Fire for the Awesome price point of $199 click here

Via TechCrunch


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