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Amazon's next Fire tablet could look a lot more like Android

Matt Brian, @m4tt
September 16, 2015
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While there's talk that Amazon will soon release a $50 6-inch Fire tablet, the company apparently wants to make sure all bases are covered. Well-known leaker Evan Blass has shared an render of an upcoming 10-inch Fire slate, which would become the retailer's biggest to date. While the specifications are unknown, it's clear that the tablet runs Android Lollipop and the UI is a little different from what we've seen before. It signals that the company might be moving away from the carousel of apps and services on existing Fire tablets and embracing a cleaner look and feel for fireOS.

When the Fire Phone failed to light up the smartphone market, Amazon reportedly shelved future phone plans and laid off a number of engineers from its hardware division, Lab126. Today's leak, coupled with rumors of a smaller tablet, suggests the company will offset its smartphone losses by placing a renewed focus on its Fire line-up. There's no word on when we can expect Amazon to confirm such plans, so you'll have to make do with a brief look at one of the rumored devices it may unveil in the future.

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