Amazon Kindle Devices and Operating Systems

Do you know about the Amazon Kindle? Are you a fan of e-books and online magazines and newspapers?

Do you want to know more the Amazon Kindle? Then you are on the right page!

Here we will tell you what the Amazon Kindle is, when it was launched, who was responsible for naming it, the operating system it runs on and many more.

What is Amazon Kindle?

Amazon Kindle is a set of e-readers developed and sold by Amazon.

The Amazon Kindle devices was developed to enable users to read, download, buy e-books, subscribe to magazines, newspapers and other digital content available on the Amazon Kindle store.

When was Amazon Kindle launched?

The first Amazon Kindle devices was released in November 19, 2007, fifteen years ago at an introductory price of US$399.

There was an initial skepticism in some quarters that the first Kindle was released at a high price and that people will not buy it because it was too expensive but the outcome was entirely different as the the first Kindle was sold out in less than six hours after its release. The first Kindle was called Kindle 1.

The manufacturer of Amazon Kindle devices is Foxconn while the hardware platform from which Amazon Kindle is made was developed by Lab126 which is a subsidiary of Amazon.


Who devised the name “Kindle” for the Amazon device?

The device that we know today as Kindle was originally supposed to be named Amazon fiona because that was the codename during the development stage of the device.

The name “kindle” was brought about by¬† Michael Cronan and Karin Hibma. They were branding consultants that were contracted by the developers¬† Lab126 to choose an appropriate name for the device.

According to Merriam Webster dictionary, Kindle means “to start (a fire) burning” or “to stir up”. This meaning was a good metaphor for reading and intellectual enlightenment

Which operating system does Amazon Kindle devices use?

The operating system used by Kindle devices is Linux kernel from version 2.6.10 to version 4.9.

Below are listed the versions of operating system used by Amazon from the first Kindle released by Amazon to the lastest Kindle

  • Kindle 1: 1.2.1
  • Kindle 2, DX: 2.5.8
  • Kindle Keyboard: 3.4.3
  • Kindle 4, 5: 4.1.4
  • Kindle Touch:
  • Kindle Paperwhite 1:
  • Kindle Paperwhite 2, Kindle 7:
  • Kindle Voyage: 5.13.6
  • Kindle Paperwhite 3, 4, 5; Kindle 8, 10; Oasis 1, 2, 3: 5.15.1

What is the storage capacity of Amazon Kindle devices?

The first Kindle device released by Amazon had a Read Access Memory (RAM) of 64MB and a total flash memory of 256MB with 180MB available for the user.

Subsequent versions of the Kindle devices had much larger storage capacity.

Read Access Memory (RAM) of Amazon Kindle devices

  • Kindle 1: 64 MB
  • Kindle 2: 32 MB
  • Kindle DX: 128 MB
  • Kindle Keyboard, 4, 5, 6, 7, Touch, Paperwhite (1st & 2nd gen): 256 MB
  • Voyage, Paperwhite (3rd & 4th gen), Oasis 1, 2, 3, Kindle 8, 10: 512 MB
  • Paperwhite (5th gen): 1 GB

Flash memory of the Kindle devices

Kindle 1: 256/180 MB

Kindle 2: 2/1.4 GB

Kindle DX, Keyboard, Touch: 4/3 GB

Kindle 4, 5, Paperwhite (1st & 2nd gen): 2/1.25 GB

Kindle 7, Voyage, Paperwhite (3rd gen), Oasis, 8, 10: 4/3 GB

Oasis 2 & 3, Paperwhite (4th gen): 8/6 GB or 32/30 GB

Paperwhite (5th gen): 8/6 GB or 16 GB.

Paperwhite Signature Edition (5th gen): 32/30 GB

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