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New software update available for Kindle Fire

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Initial post: Jan 18, 2012 3:36:22 PM PST
We wanted to let you know that we've released a new, over-the-air software update for Kindle Fire. As with all of our free software updates, this will be delivered automatically to your Kindle Fire.

This update contains several performance improvements and additional features. First, we've made improvements to the graphics system. You will notice smoother rendering when performing common operations like pinching and zooming, panning and scrolling. Second, you will notice a new icon (four arrows pointing outward) in the lower right corner of the display. Tapping on this icon enables a full screen mode that maximizes the amount of the screen devoted to the web site. To exit full screen mode, you can tap on the up arrow at the bottom center of the display. We think you will find this new feature especially helpful when browsing with the device in landscape orientation.

We've also made it easier to turn Flash on and off. The "Enable plug-ins" setting in the browser settings has been changed to "Enable Flash." The Flash default is "Off" but if you'd like Flash to be turned on, it's easy to do - simply go to Silk settings and select "Enable Flash."

Finally, we've made a change to the way that the Kindle Fire communicates with the Silk acceleration servers when in cloud acceleration mode. To reduce overhead and speed up page loads, we've changed the way these communications are processed and will no longer use SSL by default. If you want to enable SSL for the communication between the Kindle Fire and the Silk acceleration servers, you can select the "Optional Encryption" setting in the browser settings menu. This change does not affect traffic to SSL (HTTPS) web sites; that traffic is routed directly to the those web sites and remains encrypted.

For more information about the software update, go to

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 3:44:55 PM PST
AnnieB says:
Thanks love the "full page"

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 4:12:11 PM PST
BookMench says:

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 4:26:19 PM PST
HN says:

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 4:44:52 PM PST
Bill says:
It may help customers to know the most recent version number of the Kindle Fire software.

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 4:50:43 PM PST
RMIx2 says:
I can't get mine to update. It says 6.2.1 but it is all grayed out so how do I download the update if I don't have the usb connection cord.

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 4:56:09 PM PST
Go to, click on Kindle Fire, and follow directions.

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 5:11:08 PM PST
BookMench says:
Ya can't do it without a USB cord. You'll have to wait for Amazon to do it for you.

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 5:20:41 PM PST
Now that I have been updated to the new version, flash no longer works on my fire. Now, before anyone says "make sure you enable flash in the settings", be assured that I already have. It's weird...flash worked before the update and is broken now. Disappointing.

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 5:21:38 PM PST
Glad to hear full page. Now add save pages for offline reading and I will come back to the Kindle browser and be 100% Kindle!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2012 5:25:00 PM PST
@Tom: Go into the settings for the Silk browser and turn Flash back on again. I can't help with more specifics as I don't have a Fire. I have read elsewhere in these forums that the latest update turned off Flash for some reason.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2012 5:25:51 PM PST
Yes, you can do it without the USB cord. I did my update from the Fire using ES File Explorer. I used the video instructions posted in the other update thread.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2012 5:28:43 PM PST
John is right Tom. Open up the Silk browser and at the bottom click the menu and then settings. Scroll down under behavior and click enable flash.

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 5:28:57 PM PST
GJRB says:
The update downloads by itself, no need for USB cable or file explorer... just do a sync from your FIRE while on wifi and it downloads within a few minutes (5?) .. then let you FIRE go to sleep or press the power button yourself to put it into sleep and it will auto installl ... like a breeze...

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 6:07:28 PM PST
FranB says:
Tis true, it does.

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 6:24:16 PM PST
Worked perfectly just like GJRB said in the above post

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 6:25:14 PM PST
M. SOLANO says:
I <3 Amazon!!

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 7:06:33 PM PST
Customer says:
As GJRB stated, this is the way to download the update if you haven't already gotten it. Just worked for me.

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 7:14:02 PM PST
JMS says:
My screen still does not go wide when in the web after the update. What do I need to do?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2012 7:28:00 PM PST
Ok Mine is version 6.2.1 How do I update. I went to the site, and clicked download, but nothing happened. Also, the button on the kindle fire itself is not highlighted, so even though it says Update you kindle, I can't use it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2012 7:55:01 PM PST
I still can not get it to update

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 8:10:10 PM PST
C. B. says:
Is anyone at Amazon paying attention to the Dictionary thread? I am going to do the update and see if that issue is fixed...

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2012 8:11:59 PM PST
@Corey: Amazon reps rarely come into here, and then it is usually to answer technical questions about hardware issues.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2012 8:16:42 PM PST
HN says:
You're wasting time posting problems on this forum. Use the Kindle Fire feedback page to report problems. You'll find it in the Help link on your Fire.

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 8:20:22 PM PST
Bob Metzger says:
The search icon within the Icon programs (e.g.-Pandora,etc) doesn't work or is can't find find known artists (e.g. Music). Is this a software weakness?
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