Amazon gives Kindle e-readers a rare user interface overhaul

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Amazon’s Kindle e-readers get new software updates regularly, and they’re mostly of the nondescript, invisible “performance improvements and bug fixes” variety. But the most recent operating system update (version 5.13.7) is currently rolling out, and it refreshes the device’s user interface for the first time since 2016 or so. heroine They say New designs for the Home and Library screens, which are mostly left untouched in the current Kindle update, are due “later this year.”

The software update that enables the new interface debuted in August, but because Kindles only automatically install updates when they’re charged and connected to Wi-Fi, it will be a few weeks or months before all supported Kindles have the chance. Grab the update (mine only installed it this past weekend). To help you navigate the changes, the gallery above gives a brief tour of everything that has changed.

New update is available on Most Kindles were released in or after 2015, which includes the 7th- and 10th-generation Kindle Paperwhite, the 8th-, 9th- and 10th-generation Kindle Oasis, and the 8th and 10th-generation standard Kindles. Older “7th generation” Kindle devices like the 2014 Kindle Voyage don’t seem to be supported. If your Kindle hasn’t installed the update, the link above will instruct you to install it manually.

The new update doesn’t fix Amazon’s confusing Kindle naming scheme, which groups different devices into “generations” based largely on when they were released, not on which generation of product they actually belong. are in; The “10th Generation” Paperwhite is actually the fourth Paperwhite released by Amazon. But now you can go to the device info screen and see which Kindle you’re using instead of guessing.

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