Kindle (Fire) Software Update Version 6.2
Kindle Software Update Version 6.2 is now available for the Kindle Fire.
That means, by the way, that we have averaged one update a week so far…I hope they don’t cancel this show after thirteen episodes. ;)
It should happen automatically, but here’s what I did:
I made sure I was connected to wi-fi. I tried updating it by doing a sync, but nothing seemed to happen with the version.
You can check the version by doing
Settings Gear* – More – Device
You are probably on 6.1 right now.
I was going to do it manually by going to the
but then it occurred to me to just shut it down (hold the power button in for a second or so) and restart it.
That did it…when it was coming back on, it went through the process flawlessly.
They don’t tell us exactly what this does, but they do mention some things, like magazines.
I can tell you one thing: it feels much more responsive.
Getting into the Device part to check the version was notably quicker.
I started to check some other things for you.
Ah, this is interesting! Whichever webpage is the active page in the Web tab is displayed on the Carousel…but not all the pages I have open or other ones I have visited! That’s a big plus.
All of my archived books are still on my Carousel.
Okay, I’m going to warn you on this one! When I went to
Settings Gear – More – Help & Feedback
there was a noticeable bright flash when I switched tabs to go to, say, Feedback. It only happened the first time in each session, but it was bright! I have particularly good night vision (I think that’s related to my having some color vision deficiency), so bright lights bother me more than most people. Still, you’ll see it.
I don’t see any other major changes…I’ve just run through all of the main menus.
I’m still finding that the Back button doesn’t always respond, but everything else seems more responsive.
Subjectively, the sound may be a bit louder…I’m not going to swear to that one, though.
Check it out and let me know if you notice anything else.
* Amazon officially calls what I call the Settings Gear “Quick Settings icon”, but I don’t think people will find it if I call it that.
Update: thanks to reader Malcolm Northrup for pointing out that I didn’t say this was the Kindle Fire right at the top of the post. What happened was that I’d used my own title for the article, and then decided I’d better use Amazon’s official name for the update. I didn’t realize, when I copied and pasted, that it didn’t identify the hardware. Thanks, Malcolm!
Update: here’s a brilliant change! When you have the keyboard open, you’ll see a number on the top row of letters. If you “long press” one of those keys (hold your fingertip down for about a second), it will type that number. That saves you pusing the 123!? button…it’s much easier. Pretty cool…but wait, there’s more! ;) If you do that on a letter that has variants, you can long press to choose the variant. For example, let’s say you want to type the Spanish letter eñe…you can just long press the letter “n”. Try it with the letter “o”…you may be surprised. :) Besides the number 9, there are eight variants…just slide your finger along to pick the one you want. I’m impressed!
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.