Amazon is supposedly pushing out an update to the Kindle Fire. I say supposedly because I and a number of other users haven’t seen evidence of it yet. The version number should be 6.2.1 and it promises to fix some issues and add some improvements. Those fixes and improvements include:
- The ability to remove items from the endlessly scrolling carousel.
- Smoother scrolling.
- The ability to add a password to turn on WiFi, which apparently is needed to keep others from purchasing things on your Kindle Fire.
But the big news circulating about the update is that it will also break root access and, unlike the last update, you won’t be able to simply re-root using the SuperOneClick Utility.
There are still ways to root your device, but Amazon is apparently not on the “root away” bandwagon with its device.
I’m also still troubled by the fact that Amazon seems to push these updates through without giving a user the option to install, delay installation, or refuse the update. If you’re connected to WiFi, the update will come down whether you want it to or not. As I prepare to do some traveling in the next few weeks, the one thing I make sure I do is to have all my devices updated and backed up before leaving. I strenuously avoid doing any updating of devices when I’m on the road for fear that something could go wrong or get wonky. Nobody has ever seen an update go wrong for a device before right?
I haven’t seen the update hit my Kindle Fire yet. I’m not a rooter (at least not yet) so that issues doesn’t concern me personally. You should at some point be able to download the update manually from the Kindle Fire Update page, but I’m not seeing a mention of the update yet on that site.