Thursday, March 29, 2012

Kindle Fire Software Update 6.3 and Free Apps

In addition to the amazing Gold Box Deal of the Day for a $139 Kindle Fire, there is also a new software update for the Kindle Fire that adds some nice new features. This new version is 6.3 and you can check to see if it's been automatically installed on your device by following these steps: tap the Quick Settings icon, tap "More," then tap "Device." If your System Version is "Current version: 6.3," you are running the latest software. If you don't have it yet and want to manually install, you can download the update from here.

There is quite a long list of improvements that are listed, though they don't include some of the things we've most been hankering for, like text-to-speech or the ability to organize books in collections. But you do have the ability now to share passages from books, view information about the book from Shelfari (which is nice), and archive personal documents in the cloud for extra storage. There's a new format for reading within the Silk Browser, some adjustments have been made for viewing textbooks, and movie rentals now start as soon as you begin watching the video rather than when it begins download. To read more about these features, check out the full description here.


Though everything is free at the time of this posting, that can change at any time. Make sure you check the price before you purchase!

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14 comments:

  1. Thanks for this! I was just struggling yesterday with importing personal doc highlights from a friend's Kindle and the Fire wouldn't do it! Looks like the update fixes that ... off to check and see!

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    1. It does seem to suggest it would, though I haven't tried it personally yet. The text says, "This update brings these notes and highlights to Kindle Fire, so a reader can easily see what other readers are saying about their books."

      Hopefully it does the trick! :)

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  2. Thank you for this post--I was JUST wondering if there've been any software updates for my Kindle Fire, and if so, how would I ever hear about them. Your blog is a daily must-read for me! xoxo

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    1. We're glad to help, trayceetee! Thanks for visiting, and we'll always do our best to keep you informed! :)

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  3. Has there been any word on the software being developed to organize the books? there was a fundraiser about it awhile back, but we haven't heard anything since then!

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    1. Hi Suzie, unfortunately the fundraiser didn't exactly work out, and we're disappointed to see that a way to organize books isn't included in this update. Very sorry! It's something we still really want as well.

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  4. Thank you for all of the updates and information on my kindle fire -- you guys are lifesavers

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    1. We're glad to help, Audra! Thank you for being part of our community! :)

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  5. Thanks for all the info you guys provide to us!! I was able to do a photo few months back and had no issues, but glad it has gotten easier from some users. Very happy with the Fire!!

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    1. Thank you, samantha! Very glad to hear it!

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  6. A small smybol of a pair of glasses now appears at the bottom _çan you tell me what that is.
    thanks
    Betty

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    1. Hi Betty, the pair of glasses will let you access information about the book you're reading. Hope that helps!

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  7. my kindle didnt update, it said it was but still 6.2. Any solution??

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    1. Hi Dee, you can download the file from the link near the top of the post and then follow the instructions to install, or you can wait and it'll do it on its own. :)

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