November 27, 2014

Amazon to issue software update to Kindle Fire in "next two weeks"

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Amazon, in hearing the complaints of the first wave of users, promises to issue a software update “in less than two weeks”.  Expected to address a number of pain points, this new update would fall only a month or so after its last 6.2 release.  So what’s the problem with the Kindle Fire? As it turns out there are a few things which can be fixed via software.

Spend a bit of time with the Kindle Fire and you’ll notice that it’s impossible to edit the list of recently used items (books, apps, movies, etc).  This means that whenever your spouse, child, or friend picks it up to play with it, they will see exactly what you’ve been up to.

The power button is at the bottom of the Kindle Fire and it’s far too easy to accidentally bump it, even in casual reading mode.  Speaking of buttons, there are no physical volume buttons on the device and adjusting levels sometimes feels wonky.  And, although I’ve not encountered it myself, there are reports of unresponsive and/or slow responses to touches on the display.  All of these issues, and more,  can be addressed with a software update.  According to The Verge, there should also be a performance boost in the Silk browser, which has not quite delivered on the promises set forth by Amazon.

There have been rumors of additional sizes for Kindle Fires in the coming months so hopefully Amazon is looking at different hardware options.  It would be silly to reproduce the exact same experience with only larger displays.  If it were up to us the next model(s) would also include volume buttons,  Bluetooth, and microSD expansion at the very least.

New York Times