Amazon set to roll out update to Kindle Fire

December 12, 2011

The honeymoon period for the Kindle Fire appears to be drawing to a close as reports of customer complaints about the device’s Web browsing, touchscreen and other features have surfaced after the initial excitement about the tablet’s low, low price.

To address some of those concerns, Amazon is planning to push out an update to its Kindle Fire user interface in the next two weeks, the New York Times reported. The company has already updated the software for its tablet a couple of times, promising improvements to the tablet’s performance — and getting rid of root access to the device.

The new update will reportedly improve overall performance (again) and make some improvements to multitouch navigation, the report said. The update will also reportedly give customers a little more privacy by allowing them to edit their recent activity.

The report also hinted that Amazon will be rolling out a new device in the coming months, likely in the spring.

The Kindle Fire is, essentially, a tablet enclosure for Amazon to push out its ecosystem of content, from books to movies to cloud music and storage services. It’s never been a serious competitor to Apple's iPad, instead offering a different avenue for the tablet market — a cheap device for books, movies and consumption, and not for content creation.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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