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Kindle for Android 4.2 Now Available

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Initial post: Aug 13, 2013 9:42:14 AM PDT
The latest version of Kindle for Android is now available on Google Play.

What's New in Version 4.2?

* Time left in chapter and book - "Time left in chapter" will now appear in the bottom left corner while reading. Tapping this will cycle through "time left in book", location, page, and blank.
* Library view: Toggle between grid/list views and sort by author ascending and descending
* Other sync and stability improvements

If you need assistance with this update, head over to the Kindle Help Community.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2013 9:56:17 AM PDT
Isn't this also available from the Amazon Appstore for Android? I don't use Google Play for my apps on my other Android devices.

Posted on Aug 13, 2013 10:59:31 AM PDT
From the Kindle Help Forum announcement:

Posted on Aug 13, 2013 9:58:20 AM PDT

David A. - Forum Moderator says:

Great question, Pineapple! Yes, I did confirm on the product page that the newest version is also available in the Amazon Appstore: Kindle for Android

Posted on Aug 13, 2013 11:14:00 AM PDT
Theresa says:
How do updade my kindle fire generation 1 ?? Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2013 11:21:00 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
You don't. There would have to be an update that Amazon makes available to your device.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2013 11:24:03 AM PDT
Theresa - The latest software version for the 1st Gen Fire is 6.3.2 -

Posted on Aug 13, 2013 1:40:05 PM PDT
I do quite a bit of reading on my Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 with Android 2.3.5. I just checked my Kindle version and it said 3.8. So I uninstalled it and re-installed it and it's still 3.8. So presumably this update doesn't support older devices.

That's kind of disappointing although I guess it's somewhat understandable. I do most of my reading on a Kindle Paperwhite but I always have the Samsung with me and I use it when I read away from the house.

It's not a tragedy. It still works just fine and it's not my main reading device. But it's a bit sad.

That's one of the problems with the fast growth of phones/tablets and Android. This thing is a little more than a year old and it's already out of date enough that I can't use the latest apps.


In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2013 2:10:39 PM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
It sounds like it was out of date when you bought it...hehe. I know what you mean though. I usually buy nearly outdated products as well because of price.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2013 3:14:55 PM PDT
Actually when I bought it it was the newest Android for small devices. Honeycomb may have been available for tabets then, I don't recall for sure. But for phone size devices this was the latest Android.


In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2013 8:52:18 PM PDT
My phone stoped working so I got a new one today.. it runs on android 4.1.2
And every time I try to download the kindle app it says invalid! I get a new book every other day pretty much and now I cant finish the book I got yesterday.. my phone is the only way I have to access my kindle books... help

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2013 9:22:02 PM PDT
Sarah R says:
I have a Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 and I got the update. I also got a Chinese to English dictionary and a Chinese book... they're not on my device but I assume I could download them if I wanted to which I do not.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2013 11:04:35 PM PDT
CBRetriever says:
just ignore them, Amazon has a habit of replacing items it considers to be part of the support documensts/files for apps and kindles

if you keep buying books, you won't even see them after a while

Posted on Aug 14, 2013 4:49:09 PM PDT
Mez says:
I am looking at all the options and getting extremely confused looking for an E reader/tablet for my father who is going into hospital but he will still want access to his emails and will need to check the share market and download the books.

What would people suggest?
Paperwhite seems good but can you still access the internet?
Will we need to pay for internet access?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2013 5:17:14 PM PDT
If they have Wifi available at the hospital he'll be able to access the internet with a Paperwhite. That's not really a good way to do email but it is possible. Same with checking the market. It's doable in a pinch but it's not really designed for that.

A better choice is a Kindle Fire. It's not as good for reading but it's pretty good and it's fine for email and checking the market as long as there's Wifi.

If he's not going to be in there long and he likes to read he may be fine with a clumsy way to check his email and the market. It's not horrible. It's just a bit slow and clumsy. Then when he's out he'll probably love the paperwhite just as a reader.

There's also the 8.9" Fire HD with data plan. That's a lot more money but if there's no Wifi and they allow cell phones, that could solve the problem. It's basically just a larger Kindle Fire HD with a cell phone built in. The data plan is $50 for the first year only and gives enough bandwidth for checking email and the market. But many hospitals don't allow cell phones.

I suggest before going any farther you find out the hospital's policy on cell phones and whether they have Wifi. That could be the major factor in your decision.


In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2013 5:51:38 PM PDT
Mez says:
Thank you Barry

Extremely informative. He is not savvy on the internet and has a lot of time to waste (over 80). More of a reader so long as he will be able to access the emails and internet he will be fine.

It sounds from what you are saying the paperwhite is the way to go.

Posted on Aug 15, 2013 3:18:04 AM PDT
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Posted on Aug 15, 2013 3:46:43 AM PDT
Mez says:
I have heard that it comes with advertising which would infuriate my father how do you get around this? Can we spend more money to avoid this situation?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2013 4:34:55 AM PDT
Theresa says:
Thanks *Pineapple* I just can't seem to get it to update, I guess the Kindle Fire 1 just does not update.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2013 12:04:00 PM PDT
Mez, Just buy the one without ads. it costs a bit more. You can also try the one with ads first and pay the extra cost after the fact to have the ads removed. The ads are very unobtrusive and probably won't bother him at all, as they don't affect the reading experience.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2013 1:50:46 PM PDT
wanda says:
My advice is to get your father a Kindle Fire, and not a Paperwhite. The browser on the Paperwhite is experimental and not ideal for much more than downloading books - in my opinion.
If the hospital has wifi, and patients can access it, you should be good to go.
If your father will mainly be reading and checking email etc, I think the least expensive Kindle Fire would be adequate. If he might want to watch movies, the HD version would be better (the speakers are much better on this model).
I hope this helps you make a decision.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2013 2:09:56 PM PDT
Mez says:
Thankle you both these responses have been extremely helpful informative. Thanks again and keep them coming.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2013 2:17:24 PM PDT
Just Peachy says:
Mez, you might want to start a new thread if you are looking for more suggestions about which Kindle to purchase.

Posted on Aug 15, 2013 7:16:42 PM PDT
Since upgrading to this new version, every time I open the app it takes me to a list of books, instead of directly to the book I was reading, as it used to do. Then have to tap the book and wait a few seconds for it to open. Quite annoyying since I often read in small chunks while waiting for things. Can this new behavior at least be optional?

Posted on Aug 16, 2013 5:10:52 PM PDT
Myron says:
I tried the new version on my tablet and it kept blowing up. So I uninstalled it, just in case replacing the previous version got messed up, and then reinstalled it on my tablet. Still crashed just after coming up. Unintalled and went back to and no more problems. Meh.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2013 6:11:25 PM PDT
Kenneth, I have Android 4.1.2 on my smartphone, and Kindle For Android works fine. I received the prompt for an updated version a couple of days ago, and I allowed it to update. It working fine after the update. I have never had a problem with Google's Play Store. If one app updates, then they all should. Take your phone to your phone vendor and see if they have any ideas on what is wrong. (Maybe they have to give you one that works, or you need to register it somehow. Your vendor will know about this. They want you to work because they want to sell you your next phone too!)
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