October 25, 2014

Kindle Fire receives update, rooted users beware

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So we’ve got some good news and some bad news for Kindle Fire users: Amazon released their 6.2.1 software update for the Kindle Fire. Let’s start with the good news.

With the update, you’ll be able to remove recently used media (books, movies, and apps) from the carousel on the home screen. They’ve added the ability to require a password to toggle WiFi, and improved the scrolling. You can also remove the fake Facebook “app” which was really just an icon linking you to the mobile site, anyway. There are some other system level tweaks that improve performance.

Now, the bad news is that the update removes root privileges, and will unroot your Fire if you’re still running Amazon’s software. The new software also makes rerooting your Kindle Fire impossible for the time being, (I’d give it a week, and then check the CyanogenMod Wiki) so there’s no SuperOneClicking your way back to the happiness of root.

If you haven’t gotten the update yet, and you’re trying to avoid the update like me, check out our friends over at liliputing, who’ve provided us with a nice guide for putting CyanogenMod onto the Kindle Fire.

Anyone downloaded the update yet? Do you like the changes? Sound off in the comments!