Round up #156: major update for Kindle Fire, X-Ray for TV shows

Round up #156: major update for Kindle Fire, X-Ray for TV shows

The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.

Major 2nd Generation Kindle Fire updates

The Kindle Fire HD 7″ just got a major

Update 7.3.0

This brings significant new features:

  • X-Ray for Textbooks (previously on the 8.9″, and taking an advantage away from the big screen model)
  • Simplified Chinese Support
  • Time To Read (which calculates how time you have left in a book and in a chapter
  • Support for Kindle Editions with Audio/Video…this is a huge change!  Hm…I just checked one of the Enhanced Editions in the Kindle Store, and it still says the multimedia only works on iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod)…I’ll have to test it out. Maybe it means different editions, maybe the page is behind
  • Print Replica Textbook enhancements

I want to let you know about the update right away…I’ll download it and check it out for you later. It should download on its own, or you can go to the update page I linked above, and follow the instructions to do it manually.

Oh, cool! There is also an update for the 8.9″ (which is my main device):

Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ Software Update Version 8.3.0

It brings:

  • Support for 8 languages (including Simplified Chinese)
  • Time to Read
  • Enhanced Editions support
  • Print Replica Textbook enhancements

And here it is for the Kindle Fire 2nd generation (not HD):

Kindle Fire (2nd Generation) Software Update Version 10.3.0

No update for the Kindle Fire 1st generation right now…I know that will disappoint some of you.

X-Ray for TV shows

Amazon gave me a personal heads-up, and it is in this

press release

X-Ray for Movies comes to TV shows. I’ve tested this already with a Dr. Who episode I bought…yep, it was there. You can tap the screen, and get information about the actors on the screen right then. You can leapfrog from there over to other movies in which they appear.

It’s a nice feature, and nice to get it at no additional cost. 🙂

It’s not available for every TV show yet, but they do plan to expand it.

Well, this is a relatively short round-up, but I want to go test the new update. 🙂 I may add more to this later. I’ll probably test it on my 8.9″, by the way…

Update: I’ve updated my 8.9″. I did it the way I usually do, even though it’s not exactly what Amazon says to do. They tell you to download the update to your computer, then transfer it to your Kindle Fire. I download directly from my Fire (I actually went from the link in this blog) 🙂 , then use the free

ES File Explorer

to locate the Kindle update file, and move it to my Kindle Updates folder. I’m not sure that’s the exact name, but it was easier to search on “update” and find both of those.

The update took a couple of minutes…not long. I think it took about 7% of my battery charge (including the download).

The update file seems to have deleted itself after I updated it.

You update by doing this:

Swipe down – More – Device – About

If you have the update in the right place, the “Update Your Kindle” button will be active.

Okay, the changes:

To change the language, it’s

Swipe down – More – Language & Keyboard

Tap Language, and you can choose between

  • Deutsch (German)
  • English (United Kingdon)
  • Espanol (Spanish)
  • Francais (French)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • Japanese
  • Chinese (Simplified)

That will change the language on the menus (for example, Games becomes Juegos). It does not change the text-to-speech language, or the language in the books. It did appear to change the keyboard for Spanish, but not for Japanese.

You do not need to restart the Kindle for the new language to take effect.

“Time to Read” was visible in my bottom left corner of the page…it started with saying something about learning the speed, and then converted quickly.

I was disappointed to open up a couple of free Vook books that I’d gotten that were Enhanced editions…it still couldn’t play the video. Either it will work with different books, or I may need to redownload them. I did not have a print replica handy to try yet.

Update: those Vook books work now! I can see the videos, and, even cooler, use Juice for Roku to throw it to my TV.

I also downloaded a sample of a print replica book. It does appear to look just like the paperbook would. You can pinch and zoom on it, but you are pretty limited. There is a Go To button, one for Notes, and one to Bookmark. No text-to-speech, no font size changing, which is what I thought the situation would be.

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

6 Responses to “Round up #156: major update for Kindle Fire, X-Ray for TV shows”

  1. andres Says:

    Just wondering any idea if this update will brake any rooting option out there????

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, andres!

      It’s possible, but since Amazon allows the installation of apps from “unknown sources” with a simple menu item, my guess is that not all that many people have rooted it. I’m sure some have, though.

  2. Glenn Says:

    I have a 2nd gen and it received the same improvements as the HD models including time to read, textbook xray and enhancements as well as audio/video for Kindle editions. I know your aware of this but it wasn’t mentioned in this post. I’m very happy with this update which also came to my HD8.9, or as I refer to it, the Big One!

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Glenn!

      Actually, I did mention that one. 🙂 We might just be using different terms for it…

  3. tellthetruth1 Says:

    Oh, so THAT’S what it is! Thanks for the update. I’ve just bought three books on the QI TV series and saw the reading time feature, (bottom left corner of each page) which I thought was a curious part of those books. It eventually changes to proper page numbers if you have the book on for long enough! I actually prefer the Location numbers! But I’ve since found that upon accessing the settings, you’re told where you are if you want to move several pages back or forward. It’s going to take some getting used to. 🙂

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