Kindle Fire update reportedly appearing
Update: you can now officially get the update
I’m starting to get reports of the Kindle Fire update being out there.
One person (who wrote me in private e-mail…if you want credit, let me know) said it was 6.2.1, and that it allows deleting from the Carousel.
Consider this a preliminary heads-up. I’ll update it when I have something more significant.
I have been syncing and powering my Kindle Fire off and on to try to prompt the update. :)
Update: Joseph K. Naneville has posted what appears to be a link to the update in this
The link is this:
Now, I want to be very clear. This hasn’t been, as far as I can tell, officially announced by Amazon. There is, hypothetically, a risk in trying this file. I don’t know anything about Joseph. The address is consistent with other updates.
I did, however, try it myself.
I used the free app
I then shut down the Kindle, by holding in the power button for several seconds.
When I restarted it, I went to
Settings Gear – More – Device, Update Your Kindle
Update Your Kindle had not been enabled until I did the power down, by the way.
The update took, oh, maybe a minute, and involved a restart.
Let’s take a look at what I see that is different:
- The first thing was that the available memory in the Device display is now split between apps and everything else. I’d always wondered about that…the way Amazon states the memory, it was “80 apps” and something else, suggesting it was always partitioned (having a certain amount of memory dedicated to apps). That’s also what I had heard from some people…they’d reached an app installation limit while there was still memory available to them on the device. I show 1.17 GB available for apps, and 5.37 GB available for “internal storage”. I saw this first because I was checking the update
- My system version is now 6.2.1_user_3103920
- I long pressed (hold your fingertip on it for about a second) an item on the Carousel that was not downloaded to the device. I got a choice to “Remove from Carousel”. That’s a big one! You could remove questionable titles so other people didn’t see them. However, my literally thousands of Cloud titles were there…might take a while (not that I have that many questionable titles) ;) Note: the book still shows on the Books tab (I figured it would…you have to have some way to download it). So, somebody doing a “deep dive” into your Kindle could still see it. It does stop the casual viewer, though
- I’m not sure if this is new, honestly, but on the Newsstand, I can long press and get a choice to “Show Back Issues”
- Under Settings Gear – More, there is now a choice for Restrictions. You enter a password there (if you elect to use it). That then (by default) password protects your wi-fi. Is this intended for “parental controls”? This warning certainly seems to indicate so: “Be sure to disable Wi-Fi before giving the device to your child.” Honestly, that’s a bit “nanny-ish” to me…I think I can make that decision reasonably based on my child. I think I would have said something like, “If you would like to disable…” When this is on, there is a key icon that appears up by your battery. Oh, and it appears to have turned off my wi-fi…even when I disabled the restrictions. I had to manually turn it back on again…no big deal, though
- I haven’t seen anything for Collections or text-to-speech
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.