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NEWS: New Update for Kindle for Android 4.6


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Initial post: Aug 12, 2014 3:00:21 PM PDT
We have a new, exciting software update available for Kindle for Android. The latest version of Kindle for Android 4.6 has several new features and performance improvements.

What's been improved?

We've improved the listening experience for books with audio:
* When you're listening from a Bluetooth device, playback will automatically pause if Bluetooth is disconnected. A new permission is required for this, "Pair with Bluetooth devices." More information about the device permissions we require and why, is available at: https://amazon.com/help/kindleforandroid/permissions
* Go hands-free with Immersion Reading; enjoy automatic page turns without the screen shutting off.
* Learn more about reading and listening with Whispersync for Voice ( http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/?docId=1000827761 )

Helpful account information can be found on the Settings screen:
* Rename your device to make it easier to recognize when buying books from the Kindle store.
* Check your registration information, is the app registered to the correct email address?
* Learn more about reading personal documents with Send to Kindle ( http://www.amazon.com/gp/sendtokindle )

Viewing options inside the book have been updated:
* "Use system brightness" is a more intuitive option for a brightness settings. Tap the "Aa" icon at the top of the screen to choose this new option. If you're not finding the "Aa" icon, tap the center of the screen to have the menu bars slide into view. This improvement was made with the help of your feedback!
* When the menus are hidden (tap the center of the screen to show or hide them), tap the bottom right corner of the screen. Do you notice a small padlock? Tap it to lock the orientation. Now you can turn the device in any direction so you read on your side or back.

Improvements were made to the Table of Contents as well:
* A direct link to the book cover is at the top.
* "Front matter" is next. Funny name but this where you'll find the title, copyright, dedication and more. There's an arrow to the right of the label. Tap it to close the front matter section.
* If a book has page numbers we'll show them alongside the chapter names. The current page you're on will be highlighted.
* If another chapter is selected, you can always get back to your previous location by tapping one of the placeholders on the location seeker at the bottom.

Lots of other improvements and fixes are included as a result of your feedback. Please keep the feedback coming, we're always listening and will be sure to send your comments to the Kindle for Android team.

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 8:00:49 PM PDT
Since this app automatically updated I have not been able to read a book! It keeps popping a window up that says it is not responding then immediately shuts the app down!

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 8:03:08 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 12, 2014 9:25:51 PM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Remove the app and install it again.

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 11:57:43 PM PDT
TSemple says:
It is a little dangerous to visit footnotes now, very easy to get 'lost'. The placeholders aren't always indicative, or they can be too close together to resolve. And the Back (system) button always returns to the Library now. Short of popup footnotes that work consistently, consider adding some UI button to 'Return' from a jump more reliably.

Posted on Aug 13, 2014 8:40:47 AM PDT
My personal feelings is that the development time on audio is a waste. I would prefer the development energy be used in creating better management techniques. Would love a technique to create and manage collections. A card catalog with note capability (use the Dewey decimal) system would be an add-on I would PAY for! (of let me create my own category and sub-category) and for heaven sakes let me "hide" books I have read.

Posted on Aug 13, 2014 12:55:38 PM PDT
DAR says:
Im just hoping the brightness auto is fixed, waiting to get connected to internet for update, but when on auto for brightness cannot see a thing!

Posted on Aug 13, 2014 5:32:20 PM PDT
New update now means that no books can be downloaded to my tablet and Amazon's response has been that they no longer support Android tablets. Thanks for nothing Amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2014 5:43:22 PM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
How old is your tablet?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2014 8:08:47 PM PDT
B. Marks says:
I updated the Kindle app on my phone and on 2 Android tablets and it works fine on all three.

Barry

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2014 6:39:32 AM PDT
rickh57 says:
I just tried sending a book to my Nexus 7 tablet, running the latest version of the Android app. It worked fine. I'll echo Jeff's question; what tablet are you using? If it's running a very old version of Android, I wouldn't be surprised at all if the app is no longer working correctly. It's virtually impossible for a company to keep supporting ancient software versions; witness Microsoft pulling their support for XP.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2014 10:39:43 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 14, 2014 11:08:18 AM PDT
Dianne says:
I, too am having problems since the update - crashes every time I try to exit a book. I've only been able to do so successfully once.

My tablet is an Acer running Android 4.4.2 and is less than a year old model, so it's not some ancient knockoff. It's this version of the app.

And since the Kindle tablets *are* android, I find 'we no longer support android devices to be a strange response at the very least!

Any way to go back to the previous version?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2014 11:08:45 AM PDT
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Posted on Aug 14, 2014 12:03:26 PM PDT
Atunah says:
Yes Yes Yes. Finally the kindle app is running in full screen on my Nexus 7.2. The clock and battery are gone and its filling it up top and bottom now, like other reading apps. And they added a green back round for reading for those that like green :).
Haven't checked anything else yet, just so happy about the full screen mode. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2014 12:35:19 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 14, 2014 12:41:24 PM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Of course they support Android or you wouldn't be able to download the app. If you are having problems remove the app and then install it again. I am running 4.4.2 on my Dell Tablet as well and everything works fine.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2014 12:36:59 PM PDT
B. Marks says:
>> It's virtually impossible for a company to keep supporting
>> ancient software versions; witness Microsoft pulling their
>> support for XP.

XP came out in 2001. That was 13 years ago. The vast majority of new Windows programs still run fine on XP. I still have a couple of XP netbooks and even though MS no longer provides updates I still keep my software updated and install new software on them. I keep expecting something not to work but so far it all has.

Of course I don't install any modern games on them. Even when they were new they couldn't run the latest 3D games. I did install a new video conversion program on one of them a few weeks ago. It's too slow on the netbook to be generally useful but I had a special situation and it worked quite well.

I also have an old Samsung device with Android 2.3.5 on it and sure enough, the latest version of the Kindle app doesn't show up in Google Play. I'm not sure what would happen if I didn't have the old version already installed. I don't think I want to uninstall it and find out.

Barry

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 2:19:58 PM PDT
Dave Vicks says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2014 3:22:33 PM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
I'll stick with Linux :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2014 4:24:45 PM PDT
Hi Sue-ellen,

Did uninstalling and reinstalling like Jazzy_Jeff recommended clear things up for you? Please post back to lets us know how we can help you.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2014 4:32:47 PM PDT
Hi Bob - Kindle for Android doesn't support the Dewey decimal system, but you can create Cloud Collections direct from your Kindle for Android app.

Cloud Collections will sync with any other Kindle device or reading application that also has this feature. It's a great tool to sort your books to easily locate them when you need to. More information on setting up your own Cloud Collections is here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201382780

Please feel free to come back with any questions along the way.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2014 4:57:34 PM PDT
Hi Amazon Customer - I'd suggest uninstalling the app from your device and downloading a fresh copy. Register Kindle for Android to your Amazon account and come back to update me on how this goes.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2014 6:31:50 PM PDT
B. Marks says:
I'm sure Microsoft would love to phase out all older versions of Windows but they're smart people and they know they can't. People buy computers with Windows expecting to keep them for years and Microsoft has to support that. If they didn't, they'd not only lose sales, they'd be facing the same sort of legislation that the car makers have to deal with.

When a car maker sells a car in the USA they're obligated by law to carry a complete line of spare parts for 7 years. If Windows stopped supporting Windows 7 Congress might consider the same sort of legislation for software and that's something Microsoft and all publishers would spend fortunes to avoid. And customers would lost faith in them.

They supported XP for 13 years. Actually they announced that they were withdrawing support a couple of years ago but they got so much negative feedback they put it off till recently.

Barry

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2014 8:14:17 PM PDT
Bev.pnw says:
Have HDX and am not seeing padlock for screen orientation. Tapping bottom right corner only turns page. Would really like this option! Will it also lock screen orientation for video play?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2014 9:01:08 PM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
This update has nothing to do with the Kindle tablets.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 16, 2014 6:35:37 AM PDT
 Ann says:
@Bev - This update doesn't apply to your Fire HDX.

To lock or unlock your screen orientation, swipe down from the top of your screen, then tap the Auto-rotate / Locked icon on the far left.

Select your Kindle here to find online documentation - https://amazon.com/kindlesupport. You have a User's Guide on your Fire as well. Swipe down from the top of the screen and tap Help, then User's Guide.
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