Still, for those who have taken the plunge, Amazon continues providing software updates. Fire OS 4.6.1 includes a fair number of changes, but the largest is one Amazon doesn’t mention – it updates the underlying version of Android from 4.2 Jelly Bean to 4.4 KitKat. KitKat is still a year-and-a-half old at this point, but that’s a year newer than Jelly Bean, and it’s still the most-used version of Android according to Google’s developer dashboard.
Why anyone would buy these outdated Amazon frankendroid devices is beyond me.
I have a Fire phone I got for $199. I also subscribe to Amazon Prime. My reasoning was that I got a high quality phone for $100 since I was already going to renew my Amazon Prime.
Sure, at $649 it’s not worth it, but at $199 with a year of Prime it’s a bargain.