Kindle Fire and Kindle Touch Get Over-the-Air Updates

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If you’re a Kindle Touch user, you should have gotten a recent over-the-air update by now. If you’re a Kindle Fire user, you can expect it shortly.

Just turn on the wi-fi on your Kindle Touch and it should update automatically (it’ll be version 5.03), or you can go to Amazon’s page here and download it manually. I had my Kindle Touch for just a couple weeks before selling it, so I can’t say from experience what the update does, but reports say that now

  • menu response is faster,
  • page turns are quicker,
  • highlighting paragraphs is easier and smoother, and
  • accuracy of link touching has improved.

As for the Kindle Fire, it’s version update makes just one visible change: full screen browsing in the web browser. Mine hasn’t automatically updated yet and I don’t want to install the update manually (it hasn’t officially been updated on Amazon’s Kindle Software Updates page yet, but there’s a download link here). And like all other updates, it breaks root for you Kindle hackers out there.

If you want to know what I think of the update when I actually get it, keep an eye on the Amazopia Twitter feed.

Sure, full screen browsing isn’t a huge update, but hey I’ll take it. It’s also nice to see that Amazon is continually rolling out new updates, the last of which was a little less than a month ago.


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