has been said to be developing its own in-house operating system, reportedly named Vega, to replace
on its hardware products. The transition was said to begin with
devices, starting next year, further expanding to other smart home products of Amazon, as reported by Janko Roettgers’ report in his Lowpass newsletter. It seems like the transition has already begun.
Echo Show 5
is running a new homegrown operating system called Vega OS, which is identified as “OS 1.1” instead of the expected Fire OS, as seen by Zatz Not Funny! This suggests that
is a brand-new platform.
Show 8 still runs on
22.214.171.124. Although Vega OS shares many similarities with its predecessor in terms of appearance and user experience.
What do we know about Amazon’s Vega OS
According to Richard Roettgers, Amazon has been developing its own operating system called Vega, which is at an advanced stage of development. The new Linux-based OS will replace Android, which has been the foundation of Amazon’s forked Fire OS software. Amazon has already told its partners about the upcoming shift away from Android.
Having complete control over its OS will allow Amazon to generate more advertising revenue from Fire TV, smart displays, and other products. It will also enable the company to keep the software up-to-date at its own pace. Currently, Fire OS and many Android-powered TV streamers are based on outdated versions of Google’s platform. However, some Fire TV owners are worried that Amazon’s custom OS may remove power user features like sideloading.
By introducing its own operating system, Amazon will have to start from scratch, and developers of streaming apps will have to create new versions specifically for this new platform. However, the popularity of Fire TV will likely encourage developers to do so. Amazon recently revealed that it has sold over 200 million devices globally.