Amazon Kindle Fire Update 6.2.1 with performance fix for user complaints is now available. Even though the successful Amazon Kindle Fire launched with it selling like crazy it did have a few problems that needed to be address.
Quite a few consumers were not impressed with the slow or jumpy display screen interaction, along with not being able to control the carousel. One other big problem consumers had was the fact that there was not a way to prevent kids from easily buying products and was also allowed to go anywhere they wanted to on the web.
It appears that Amazon Kindle Fire Update has solved these problems. A report in Los Angeles Times says the update promises to improve these issues.
For the Kindle Fire, Amazon’s first tablet and a hot-selling item, the update promises to improve the responsiveness of touch navigation and the speed of actions on the device, such as loading webpages in the Fire’s Web browser.
However, the biggest new feature might be the ability for users to edit what shows up in their “carousel” of recent apps and content displayed on the Fire’s home screen.
Before the update, a Fire user couldn’t remove any items — books they’ve read, games and music played, movies watched or websites visited — in their carousel.
The ability to remove items from the carousel was a highly requested feature and in this case, Amazon was pretty quick to deliver — the Fire was released Nov. 14.
The iOS Kindle app updates the user interface for periodicals and text books, with access to the same selection of more than 400 magazines and newspapers that are offered on the Fire, Amazon said in a statement.
For the first time, Amazon is also offering “print replica textbooks” to iOS Kindle app users, which allow for full-color pages and the ability to zoom in and out or take notes as needed, the company said.
And the update also now makes the Kindle iOS app a PDF reader as well, Amazon said, which will allow users to view their own documents — a feature offered by iBooks for some time now.
The manual approach to the update is a bit messier, but Amazon’s got detailed instructions to get you through the process. All you’re basically doing is downloading the new software to your computer and then transferring it to your device. (Keep in mind that the micro-USB cable you’ll need to do this is sold separately from the Kindle Fire, but is conveniently the same cable that comes with most non-iPhones these days.)
Once you’re done updating your device — whether manually or over-the-air — you should be left with enhanced fluidity and performance, improved touch navigation responsiveness, the option to choose which items are displayed on your Kindle Fire’s carousel, and the ability to add a password lock on Wi-Fi access.