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Kindle Fire Update: Amazon Releases Fix For Some Software Problems

Kindle Fire Update

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 12/21/11 11:40 AM ET Updated: 12/21/11 11:41 AM ET

As promised, Amazon has issued an over-the-air software update for the Kindle Fire. The fix should address some of the common complaints users have raised since the device went on sale.

Software version 6.2.1 aims to patch glitches with the Fire's touchscreen, which some said could be more responsive and could offer better precision.

Amazon states that update also "enhances fluidity and performance." Previously, Josh Topolsky of The Verge had slammed the Kindle Fire OS for being "stuttery and sluggish." Topolsky went on to write that he had noticed "odd visual bugs, and things like the keyboard are slow to respond."

Amazon has also been listening to users' privacy concerns. After downloading the Fire update, users will be able to control what items appear in the desktop carousel, a widget that displays users' recent browsing and download history. Some had worried that the feature could expose potentially sensitive browsing habits, since anyone could view a device's carousel when the device was turned on. Update 6.2.1 also lets users add a password lock when browsing via WiFi.

"This update has been needed from the moment the Fire hit the scene," TechCrunch notes.

Amazon told the New York Times earlier this month that a software update was imminent for the $199 tablet.

To download the update manually, visit Amazon's Help Desk, where you'll find step-by-step instruction on how to install 6.2.1 before it rolls out to your device.

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