Kindle Fire update 6.2.2 is out there
It hasn’t been announced by Amazon yet, but people are reporting it in the Kindle community…and I do have it.
“It” is a new update for Kindle Fire, and it does make some changes. The convention seems to be that a change to the second digit in the software version indicates real feature changes, and a change in the third digit indicates more of a bug fix sort of thing.
One key thing here: after the update, your Flash player is off by default. I’ll show you how to change that, but if your Flash has stopped working, that’s probably why.
First, how to tell if you have it:
Settings Gear – More – Device, System Version
If you don’t have it, you should just get it if your wi-fi is on…eventually.
Amazon will also presumably make it available at the
but they haven’t at the time of writing.
Update: it is available now. On the update page, Amazon now says:
“This update enhances fluidity and performance, improves support for manually set up e-mail providers in the Email app, and offers a new full screen mode for viewing web pages.”
That said, I loaded mine from
That is not official, but it fits the location I would expect. I downloaded it to my computer, and then used
to wirelessly put it in the
folder. Note that is different from updating an RSK (Reflective Screen Kindle…anything but a Kindle Fire).
Then, it is
Settings Gear – More – Device
and your Update Your Kindle button should be active.
Clicking that, the Kindle Fire restarts and that’s it.
What does it do?
It seems to be primarily directed at the web.
Go to the Web tab, and tab the menu (the button with horizontal lines in a box at the bottom of the screen).
Instead of saying Enable Plug-ins, it now says
It defaults to Off. I would change this to On Demand.
I did that and (finally) my Netflix app has the audio/video in sync! I’ve been testing the same movie with that, and it now works…whew!
There is also a choice a bit farther down in Advanced to use
That will encrypt information using the Cloud accelerator. It says that will slow things down a bit, which makes sense, but there are people who really want this.
The other big change I’ve noticed is that there is now a “full screen” button on web pages. It removes the tabs at the top of the screen. To get out of full screen, tap at the bottom where you would pull up the menu button.
I’m not seeing anything new in Books…no Collections, no text-to-speech.
I got important information on this from this
Special thanks to Q, who posted the update link and shared experiences.
If you are finding anything else, or have any comments, feel free to let me know.
Update: I’ve corrected a couple of things here, thanks to my readers (see comments).
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.