Thursday, October 25, 2012

Kindle Fire HD 7" Update v7.2.1 READY. FreeTime. Opt in/out of personalized recommendations. Set default device language.

KINDLE FIRE UPDATE v7.2.1 is here, and it automatically downloads and installs for most Kindle Fire customers

For those who don't want to wait, you can *start* the update from your Kindle Fire HD (see below for how to do that).
  For those who prefer to do it manually via USB, the update file has been placed on the Amazon servers.

The update includes (1) the 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.

Download Version 7.2.1

This update automatically downloads and installs for most Kindle Fire customers; however, you can initiate the software update from your Kindle or manually download the software update via USB.

Before you begin, confirm your current software version:

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen and tap More.
  2. Tap Device, and then tap About.

If you see a System Version other than "Current Version: 7.2.1," follow one of the steps below to download the latest version:

To start the automatic download of a Kindle software update:

  1. Connect to a Wi-Fi network and fully charge your battery.
  2. From the top of your device, swipe down, then tap Sync.
  3. The software update automatically downloads in the background and installs after the download is complete and the device is asleep. '

The instructions for manually downloading the update via USB are at that software update page but, as mentioned, most will find it more convenient to have it arrive via the automated download.
  NOTE that when it does, your Kindle Fire HD ("KFHD") will reboot and sometimes it does that twice, so don't be alarmed when it happens while it's idle and you're nearby.

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  1. Andrys,

    There are updates for the other versions as well:

    1. FJ, thanks much! I was just at the forums and didn't see Kindle Team drawing attention to this yet, so it may have gone up today, for KFHD Gen2.

      The others were all updated some time before, but the Gen2 for KFHD is important.

      And then there are the apps for Windows 8 and update for Android...

      Now, if they'd let us opt out of Paperwhite's Home page recommendations. B&N did this with their Nook and I dislike half of the home page being taken up with big pictures of books I never requested. I don't mind them on the KFire HD but I do mind them taking up all that space and attention, leaving me only 3 latest books on the Home page.

      But a software update is coming for other things, apparently and so I'm hoping they provide an opt out (and in) for the Paperwhite too.


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