Saturday, October 27, 2012

Kindle Fire 2 (non-HD) Update v10.2.1 is also here. How to opt in or out of Personalized Recommedations. FreeTime parental control feature. Kindle for Windows, Kindle for Android update.

SOFTWARE UPDATE v10.2.1 is here for the KINDLE FIRE 2 (the NON-HD one, for $159), and it automatically downloads and installs for most Kindle Fire 2 customers

The changes are the same as the Kindle Fire HD upgrade the other day, though it wasn't announced at the same time.
  As mentioned earlier, those who don't want to wait can *start* the update from the Kindle Fire 2 (see the Kindle Fire2 update page for the various ways to get the update.

Version 10.2.1 includes the same (1) Kindle FreeTime feature; (2) a requested setting to opt in or out of personalized recommendations below the carousel on the Home page; and (3) the ability to set the default device language to one of six languages.

Here's the Amazon explanation as it appears at the update page:
' The software update 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.
  • A setting so customers can control whether or not personalized recommendations appear below the carousel on the device homepage.
  • Ability for customers to set the default device language to one of six languages, including English (US), English (UK), German, French, Italian, and Spanish. '

Thanks to FJ for the alert on this yesterday.

Do the following on the Kindle Fire HD or Kindle Fire 2:
  • Go to the 'Home' screen.
  • Swipe down (lightly pressing and pulling down) from the top of the screen.
  • That gets you the Quick Settings Menu.
  • Click on "More" at the top right.
  • Go down the Settings list to "Applications" and lightly tap that.
  • Go down that list and select "Amazon Home Recommendations" to choose either to "Show or "Hide" the Recommendations under the Carousel when the Kindle Fire is held in Portrait mode.  You can later re-set it to 'Show' if you decide you'd like to see recommendations briefly (usually based on the book in the middle of the carousel items showing).
  • When finished, press the back button on the right edge, center.

KINDLE for WINDOWS 8 and UPDATE for KINDLE for ANDROID Catching up here, as these are now two days "old" in a fast world, and so I've used a red font for them.   You can read about each of these and download them and check others you may be needing at the Free Reading Apps page.

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  1. Is Kindle "Free Time" available on the 1st gen KF? It's a great idea!

    1. It's not on KF 1 so far. The new KF has more memory for processing more complex conditions and a faster processor also and may be able to handle the feature better.

      But you never know -- they may still offer an upgrade on the first generation KF. Good luck on their updating it -- they do sometimes surprise us. They recently updated the Kindle Keyboard, which came out in August 2010.

  2. Regarding Kindle Freetime, is my understanding correct, that no browser is available, while in Freetime mode? If so, is it possible to install a third party browser and make it available in Freetime mode? I am considering buying one for my youngest, for Christmas. I would buy the Kindle Fire 2, not HD model. ~Courtney

    1. Courtney,
      I'm pretty sure that Freetime is set up as a special configuration that is closed and there's no web browser accessible ... You can read more about what it -can- do, at,2817,2411406,00.asp

      Sorry I don't have better news on that.

  3. Thanks, Andrys. The article you recommend is the one that prompted my question. In the paragraph where Freetime is being compared to the Fuhu Nabi 2, he states, "Sure it's probably safer overall, but if you have older kids, you'll either have to set up a third-party, kid friendly browser, or give them full access to your Kindle Fire to get online."

    1. Courtney, sorry. I meant that it can't be added as part of Freetime itself as a separate functional category the way we have it for older beings.

      You'd have to use a separate parental-controlled browser as a separate app that you pre-load under Freetime 'Apps' category. Have not checked apps everywhere to see if anyone's found one like that. But may give a look at that when I get the 8.9" Monday or Tuesday...

    2. Okay, then it shouldn't be a problem. I already know of a couple of browsers that will allow filtering. However, not sure if they are available via Amazon, or if I would need to sideload them from the Google Play Store. I will go look, now. Thank you so much for your help, Andrys!

    3. Courtney, let us know how well they do for you.
      If they are available on the market app, you can download them directly. Then use ES File Explorer or Easy Installer (the latter is best for finding where the recently downloaded app-install file is on your device if it's not where you expected it to land) to install them. As mentioned in blog articles, I also use's app, and's as well as's. But 1Mobile has been the most reliable for the latest versions of very sought-after apps.

    4. Will do. I am buying the Kindle Fire, this week. I have already lined up some third party browsers that allow customizable filtering. Hopefully, one of them will suit our particular needs. I will report back because I know, from my own research, a lot of parents are eager to allow their children use of the Kindle Fire, while keeping them safe from harmful content. Thanks again, for being so helpful, Andrys!

    5. Sure thing, Courney! Am looking forward to your reports.

  4. Hi. I download books in Russian, and they arrear on my kindle fire (2nd gen.) as documents. Is there a way to transfer them into freetime? Thank you.

  5. Anonymous, I notice that the 'books' are those "from your purchase history" and by that they'd mean purchased from Amazon.

    That's a drawback. I'd contact Feedback and tell them they need to let parents include documents, for homework, say.


    and see if they have any plans for this. I'm surprised.


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