Amazon debuts revamped Kindle Fire HDX range, Fire OS 3.0 (pictures)

Amazon debuts revamped Kindle Fire HDX range, Fire OS 3.0 (pictures)

Summary: The Kindle Fire brand, launched two years ago, has grown to be one of the best-selling products across Amazon's vast empire. Now, the retail and cloud giant is ready to relaunch its refreshed tablet range.

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    Kindle Fire tablets land with HDX display technology

    The tablets also come with a high-resolution HDX display — the 7-inch model has a 1,920x1,200 resolution display (or 323 pixels per inch), while the pictured 8.9-inch model has a massive 2,560x1,600 resolution (or 339 pixels per inch).

    Adding HDX technology gives the device displays' a 100 percent RGB representation, meaning more vivid colors across the board. Amazon also added a "real-time" contrast sensor on top of an ambient light sensor, allowing individual pixels to automatically light up (rather than the whole screen) based on current lighting conditions, either outdoors or indoors.

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    Fire OS 3.0 debuts

    Both devices land with a built-up version of Android "Jelly Bean" 4.3, developed internally at Amazon, codenamed "Mojito," and officially named Fire OS 3.0.

    The updates framed for enterprise use are still rather basic compared to the onslaught crafted for entertainment, but they are likely to satisfy at least some IT departments with BYOD policies in place.

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    Software updates includes enterprise, BYOD features

    The updates framed for enterprise use are still basic compared to the entertainment features, but they are likely to satisfy at least some IT departments with bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies in place.

    Fire OS 3.0 includes WPA-2 password-controlled Wi-Fi, and support for third-party mobile device management platforms and VPNs from the likes of F5 and Cisco (among others) via Amazon's Appstore. The software also includes support for Microsoft Exchange, and Kerberos support for secure access to corporate intranets.

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