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Reports: new Kindle for Android update doubles memory use

December 7, 2011

Reports: new Kindle for Android update doubles memory use

Thanks to Allyson Bright Meyer in the Kindle community for the heads-up on this!

Amazon Kindle community thread

It is being reported that there is a new update for Kindle for Android (3.3.0.405) that is considerably increasing the memory used.

I’m on the road and can’t investigate this much until later today.

My Samsung Captivate has not updated yet…I’m on 3.2.0.35.

If you are having a problem with this, try going to your main menu on your device, going to settings, going to Applications and clearing your cache. You could also try clearing your data, but that would likely remove your books from your device as well.

I’m typing this on my phone …my Fire wouldn’t let me edit the body of the post for some reason.

Let me know if you run into this.

Update: before updating, my memory use was:

Total 21.29MB

Applications 0.00B

Data: 16.71MB

That’s on my Samsung Captivate (and it’s not on the SD card)

My Cache is 4.58MB

I don’t use it very much, so I was willing to experiment for you. I’m hoping it doesn’t mess up my other apps, though!

First, I cleared the cache. That did not remove my books from the device (and that’s what I expected would be the case).  My notes and marks and last page read were also preserved.

I then had an update available on my phone for Kindle for Android.

Updating took…oh, twenty seconds or so.

It asked me if I wanted to replace the existing application…I said OK.

The warnings:

  • Storage (Modify or delete SD card contents)
  • Network communication (full internet access)
  • Phone calls (read phone state)
  • System tools (prevent phone from sleeping, retrieve running applications)
I clicked Install.
Installing took about 15 seconds.
I clicked Open.
It took a relatively long time to open (maybe 15 seconds, again).
What’s New:
3.3
  • Support for reading PDF documents
  • Phone users: customize your reading experience with new margin and line spacing controls
  • Support for Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) phones
  • Several bug fixes
My books were preserved, my last page read was preserved, my notes and marks were preserved.
My new memory readings:
Total: 31.20MB
Applications: 13.39MB
Data: 17.82MB
Nothing in the Cache.
So, my data size increased about a meg, but my applications size increased more than 13 MB.
Interesting stuff…I think we may see an Amazon press release on this, since it brings PDF to the phone. Hard to say, though.

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

Kindle for Android app updated

September 2, 2011

Kindle for Android app updated

My Samsung Captivate just let me know about an update to Kindle for Android.

Under What’s New, it includes:

  • New Home experience with easy access to store (take that, iPhone)
  • Access book recommendations in your library
  • A new layout for newspapers and magazines…designed for Honeycomb tablets (hmm…maybe for a the hypothetical Amazon tab?)…this was version 3.0.0…but it may be that we are getting two upgrades at once?
  • Seamless shopping experience for tabs
This is version 3.1.0…it was about 3 megs.
I like the new lay-out. There is now a banner for Home, On Device, Archive, Store. That’s a lot more intuitive for getting to the Archive, and should reduce those questions in the forum.
The store interface isn’t bad…for example, it gives you the numbers of books in different categories (it says 998,210 Kindle eBooks). It lets you sort by several  things, just like the website store (but that wasn’t intuitive…I had to “long touch” the choice dropdown to get it to go…might just have been me, though). When I got to the category, I could search…even use my Android keyboard’s speech to text. I was able to download a sample, and that worked fine.
I would say the experience in the Kindle store is vastly superior to searching on a Kindle, and certainly comparable to searching on a computer.
Some people may find the new home screen with the recommendations a bit busy, but  it didn’t bother me. Of course, I like a cluttered visual field…more input! :)
Feel free to let me know what you think.
Kindle for Android in the Kindle appstore
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

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