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Initial post: Sep 25, 2012 10:01:01 PM PDT
We wanted to let you know that in the coming weeks, free software updates will be coming to Kindle Fire HD and the latest generation Kindle Fire. These software updates will include Kindle FreeTime, a tablet experience just for kids allowing parents to set daily screen time limits, and give access to appropriate content for each child. We're also adding a setting to let customers control whether or not personalized recommendations appear below the carousel on the device homepage. In addition, customers will be able to set their device default language to one of six languages, including English (US), English (UK), German, French, Italian, and Spanish. These updates will be delivered automatically to your Kindle Fire.

Thanks,
The Kindle Team

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 10:37:09 PM PDT
Derek says:
What about the 1st gen Kindle Fire? No love for us originals?

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 10:58:34 PM PDT
"We're also adding a setting to let customers control whether or not personalized recommendations appear below the carousel on the device homepage."

Smart move. While it's not a huge issue for me, it was for others.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2012 11:16:57 PM PDT
M. Ratcheson says:
Great! I actually like the personalized recommendations, and I'm not likely to turn them off, there have been a ton of complaints on this forum from people who disagree.

Thanks for the update!

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 11:46:21 PM PDT
what about a flash update?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2012 11:49:44 PM PDT
Seattle Reader - Adobe doesn't support Flash on any Android devices anymore.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2012 1:55:01 AM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
Likewise.

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 4:45:01 AM PDT
NG says:
Does "and the latest generation Kindle Fire" mean "and the earliest generation Kindle Fire?"

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2012 4:52:13 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
It means the newest Fire.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2012 5:08:27 AM PDT
NG says:
Then the clause is redundant.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2012 5:59:22 AM PDT
H. Lapo says:
@NG - No, not redundant at all. the latest generation Kindle Fire is the $159 version, not the Fire HD.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2012 6:04:03 AM PDT
L. Wilson says:
When will you release a software update that allows you to create collections in your bookshelf? I use collections in my PC version of Kindle and love it. My wife doesn't have collections on her Kindle Fire and really wants it.

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 6:13:39 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 26, 2012 6:34:52 AM PDT
LilDragon says:
L. Wilson, there's something called "Book Collections" that lets you add folders to your Kindle Fire (I have the 1st gen. KF). It's not free, it's $2.99 , but I love it. Finally folders!

I don't know if it's possible to add a link here, I'll try below. If not, go to amazon.com and type in the search window "book collections". From the upcoming choices choose "book collections app for Kindle Fire".
Good luck, and I hope this helps. :-)

This is the link...if I can add one here: Book Collections

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 7:08:17 AM PDT
what about text to speech..is it coming to KINDLE FIRE ANYTIME soon?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2012 7:29:02 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
The new Kindle Fire (the update is for the new one, not the old one) and the Kindle Fire HD already have it

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2012 7:38:06 AM PDT
Midnight763 says:
Is the Kindle Fire not classed as a Kindle Fire anymore, as it is not mentioned in this post. Do we not get any updates, I think people have been patient enough, waiting for word from Amazon. It would be nice to be kept in touch too.

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 7:54:35 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
it's now referred to as the Kindle Fire 1st Generation according to Amazon

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2012 7:57:31 AM PDT
What are you doing for the "old" devices? I see SW V3.4 is around, has it been made available yet?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2012 7:58:32 AM PDT
Is SW Update V3.4 available yet for us original owners??

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2012 8:00:40 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
I do believe that's for the Kindle Keyboard 3rd Generation (no updates for the 2nd Generation either)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2012 8:04:05 AM PDT
Daniel - Yes, it's been available for a couple of weeks for the Keyboard Kindle.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_navbox_top_kindlelg?nodeId=200529700

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2012 8:16:12 AM PDT
Art Ripley says:
Does the Kindle Fire HD support VPN?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2012 8:49:17 AM PDT
TuxGirl says:
In the settings, under vpn, it says "to use your kindle on a vpn, download an app from the amazon appstore that is compatible with your organizations vpn". So, if there's an app, it's supported, but otherwise, no.

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 8:50:52 AM PDT
As Derek said, do any of these updates apply to the original Kindle Fire?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2012 8:54:49 AM PDT
dfn.ninja says:
The Amazon Kindle team says:

We wanted to let you know that in the coming weeks, free software updates will be coming to Kindle Fire HD and the latest generation Kindle Fire.

The very first sentence says no.
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