Amazon refreshes Kindle software, Fire OS 3.1 released

Amazon refreshes Kindle software, Fire OS 3.1 released

Summary: The cloud turned tablet giant touts new enterprise features for the bring-your-own-device crowd for its next-generation range of Kindle Fire HD and Fire HDX tablets.

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Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX runs the latest Fire OS 3.1 update (Image: CNET)

Amazon is refreshing its tablet software, designed for its next-generation Kindle tablets, including the recently announced Kindle Fire HD and Fire HDX.

The Seattle, Wash.-based company touted new enterprise features in its Fire OS 3.1 update that will support bring-your-own-device (BYOD) users with secure Wi-Fi network support and native virtual-private networking (VPN) software.

IT managers haven't been kept out of the loop either: Fire OS 3.1 comes with new Kindle-specific device management hooks (APIs) that will integrate with existing mobile device management (MDM) systems.

Also added:

  • Voice dictation available in all languages converts speech-to-text. For enterprise users, offline support is available in U.S. English only.

  • 1-Tap archive frees up device space by pushing content into the cloud for later downloading, and identifying content that has not been used recently

  • Fire OS now supports Kerberos authentication, enabling the ability to browse secure Intranet websites from the Silk browser

  • Wireless printing of photos, PDF documents, emails, contacts, calendar, and documents

  • A new feature opened up, Second Screen, allows you to turn your television into a primary screen while using your Kindle Fire HD or Fire HDX tablet as a space to check email, browse the Web, or access to other apps.

Fire OS 3.1 also lands with Cloud Collections, which helps to organize books, newspapers, magazines, and apps in customized collections for easy reference. Amazon’s cloud-powered Whispersync synchronizes the collections across Kindle devices so that content is available on all of your devices.

For book lovers, Goodreads is now integrated, allowing users to find the latest books and engage with others on book discussion.

Performance and battery life has also been improved, and the update comes with a round of bug fixes. 

Topics: Tablets, Amazon

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  • Fixes

    Any details on the bug fixes? I would be interested in seeing if the device isn't going to lockup on me anymore.
    slickjim
  • Fixes

    Any details on the bug fixes? I would be interested in seeing if the device isn't going to lockup on me anymore.
    slickjim
    • Great news!

      The don't lock up checkbox is now checked by default. Those waiting for the fix for the "that thing it did the other night when I was either checking my email or on a website, but I can't remember what it was right now" bug will have to wait for 3.2 though.
      Zippereye125
      • Yeah that's it...

        Be a dick about it... It would be nice to be able to see what caused it but, it crashes hard and it even has me considering... GRRR!!!! An iPad Mini Retina. :(
        slickjim
  • Hopefully they got rid of the carrousel and added some privacy features.

    I hate the carrousel. It is not useful, it dominates the user interface, and can be embarasing. It shows the recently used webpages, books, and files in a big picture when you start the thing. you can't turn it off or modify it. I would prefer to have icons that I can use to get to apps or files quickly.
    KLS 12.5
    • Agree totally

      The carousel is infantile - which tends to show who Amazon thought they were targeting at first. It also demonstrates how much inertia they seem to carry, related to improving their UI.
      Willnott
    • Umm

      No it doesn't show recently used web pages in the Carousel anymore... I do wish it didn't put every book, movie, and app you own in the Carousel as it does that when you first launch the device.
      slickjim