Amazon started to roll out another over-the-air update to the Kindle Fire, putting the device at version 6.2.1. The company announced tonight that the update would improve performance and touch responsiveness, allowing a user to choose the items appearing in the carousel. It also gives the ability to add a password lock on Wi-Fi access. To install version 6.2.1, tap the ‘sync’ button in the right corner, or a user can manually install it by downloading the file.
Tonight’s fixes come after many users complaining since getting their device. Our own Seth Weintraub even gave his two cents about the device’s speed in his review:
The Fire isn’t a speed demon. A few minutes navigating with the Fire is all it takes to realize that there are hiccups. To me, it feels more sluggish than a Galaxy Tab 7 from last year, especially on CPU intensive stuff. Amazon has done nice things with the interface and they should be congratulated on their virtual keyboard (it is one of the best I’ve used), but make no mistake, inside of this case is bargain basement components.
I hope that 6.2.1 brings a fix to the speed issues that we have noticed. It should also be noted that the update breaks the current root, so be weary. How is the update for those of you who already own the device? For those that don’t, the Kindle Fire is available on Amazon for $199, and seems to be selling well this Holiday season.
- Amazon rolls out another over-the-air update to Kindle Fire, version 6.2.1, breaks root (9to5google.com)