Update 5.0.3 available for the Kindle Touch

Update 5.0.3 available for the Kindle Touch

If you have a Kindle Touch, Wi-Fi only or a Kindle Touch 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, there’s a new software update available for you at

Kindle Touch Software Update Version 5.0.3

It’s interesting, because this one doesn’t say that it will update automatically to your Kindle Touch…at least at this point. It only says, “…manually download”. That may mean they are going to wait a bit before rolling it out, but they aren’t listing it as a “beta” (test) version either. I’d feel safe doing it.

What does it do?

Amazon doesn’t always tell us, unless there are new features to tout. This time, they say, “This update features general software improvements for Kindle Touch.” ;)

What that probably means is that things will work more smoothly, but that we won’t notice something different (for example, it won’t add landscape mode).

They have pretty good instructions on that page. I’m going to go ahead and install it on mine, and I’ll let you know if I notice anything. I’m going to test highlighting across pages, for one thing.

If you notice anything, let me know…

Update: My update is finished. It all went smoothly. It feels more responsive to me, although that’s a bit subjective (I’d probably need a millisecond timer to prove anything). Still can’t highlight across pages, by the way. I understand the technical limitations there, but it would be nice. I haven’t noticed any menu changes yet.

By the way, if you want to check your software version on a Kindle Touch, you do

Home-Menu-Settings-Menu-Device Info

My guess is that this mostly fixes problems I haven’t had.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

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14 Responses to “Update 5.0.3 available for the Kindle Touch”

  1. Caroline Says:

    I downloaded the update — highlighting is MUCH smoother and faster.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Caroline!

      Wow! That may be the fastest comment ever! ;) Mine is still updating.

      Good to hear…I’m going to test that shortly: I’ve got the “kid under the Kindle tree” picture right now.

  2. Frank Says:

    It looks like the time and battery strip across the top is now visible while reading.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Frank!

      I’m not seeing a change in that behavior. When I open a book, it displays, but when I go to the “next page”, it doesn’t. I believe that’s the way it was before.

  3. Tom Semple Says:

    Definitely better performance.

    The tap zone for hyperlinks (footnotes etc.) are larger, and it is much easier to jump now. Before, one had to be very accurate and even then it would often result in a page turn rather than a jump to the footnote.

    This might be new also: you can tap directly on the volume slider to adjust volume (instead of using the -/+ buttons). This also works with contrast adjustment for PDF.

    Reports of ‘less ghosting’ but I’m not convinced.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Tom!

      I appreciate that field report! I haven’t had a chance to do much thorough testing yet, so it’s great that you took the time to share your impressions!

  4. Richard Orlin Says:

    Seems like page turns are quicker with no hesitation like I was seeing before.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Richard!

      That’s possible…I never found it distracting before, but I learned to accept page flashes on the K1, which was much slower.

  5. Brian Says:

    I was having trouble with double page turns, roughly every third was double. Touch response seems to be improved.

    No doubles after 50 some odd pages.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Brian!

      Excellent! I didn’t have that problem, so I’m not seeing a change, but that’s the kind of thing I would expect this to fix.

  6. Caroline Says:

    I’m seeing better response time on taps as well — faster page turns and much smoother highlighting.

  7. Carl Says:

    Right after installing the update I checked my mail at Gmail.com. The touch response to clickable buttons and the Kindle virtual keyboard sure seems to be vastly improved. Before it was difficult to click on small icons – e.g. the trash can for deleting old messages – usually taking several very precise attempts. Now it is positive on the first quick touch.

    I updated from version 5.0.1

  8. Daz Says:

    Just updated the software. I am definitely seeing an improvement in the speed of the page turns. Previously, I was waiting up to a second or two for the page turns, but now it seems almost immediate.

  9. Daz Says:

    Oh and I updated from 5.0.0.

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