The hunch about Amazon upgrading their Android platform has provided true. A spokesman for Amazon has confirmed to Engadget that the new Kindle Fire HD does in fact run on Ice Cream Sandwich underneath all that snazzy skinning.
Amazon Kindle Fire HD runs Ice Cream Sandwich, not Jelly Bean
At the moment it is unclear whether this move will also apply to the original tablet, which received a speed boost, however the older device does have an older interface that has been only slightly tweaked. There is also no mention at the moment of whether the Kindle Fire HD is likely to get the update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, however this would not be anytime soon and will no doubt be a downer for most shoppers considering it over the Jelly Bean Google Nexus 7. It is however a good sign that Amazon has chosen to move with the times and get Android updated on their tablets.
The Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 16GB comes with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 with a pixel density of 254. It has 16GB of internal storage and has Wi-Fi support and runs on a dual core 1.5GHz processor and supports HDMI output. There is also a 32GB and 64GB version of the tablet and it is also available with 4G LTE.
The Amazon Kindle Fire HD is expected to go up against the Google Nexus 7 and upcoming rumored iPad mini this year.