What simply occurred? Amazon’s newest software program replace for the Kindle e-reader comes with a big interface refresh. The replace adjustments the house display, library view, and settings to make reaching particular choices simpler. Extra interface upgrades are coming later this yr.
The replace (model 5.13.7) is for eighth-generation Kindles or above and seventh-generation or newer Kindle Paperwhite fashions. That features most Kindles launched over the previous couple of years. Amazon says the replace is rolling out over the approaching weeks.
Amazon touts the brand new means to entry the brightness, airplane mode, and settings menus extra rapidly by simply swiping down from the highest of the display. You may as well change between the house display, library, and a e-book by means of a navigation characteristic on the backside of the display.
In accordance with Ars Technica’s evaluation, a search bar now replaces the highest row of buttons. The house display and library are integrated right into a two-tab design. Menus all through the Kindle working system are smaller now. Going to “Gadget Information” will now let you know precisely which mannequin your Kindle system is. The replace is the primary modification of Kindle’s interface since 2016.
Amazon says later this yr it would convey new filters, sorting menus, a collections view, and an interactive scroll bar to the library. Customers will even be capable of entry their 20 most not too long ago learn books from the house display extra simply.
Earlier this yr, Amazon warned customers that some older Kindle fashions that depend on 2G and 3G wi-fi would lose their web connections as a result of these requirements are being phased out. It may begin taking place as early as later this yr. Afterward, these older Kindles will solely be capable of switch content material by means of wired connections. Relying on which mannequin of older Kindle you personal, Amazon is providing both a free tenth era Kindle Oasis or a reduction on most of the different current fashions.