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.