Amazon gives the Kindle’s interface a refresh

Amazon has announced that almost all latest Kindles will probably be getting a new easier UI by a software program replace (via Ars Technica). The replace primarily focuses on navigation, including a bar to the backside of the display that permits you to leap between the Home display, the ebook you’re at present studying, and the Library display. Some have had the update for a few weeks, however Amazon has introduced that the replace will probably be rolling out broadly over the subsequent few weeks.

The method you entry the Kindle’s fast settings (which allow you to activate airplane mode, regulate brightness, and extra) has additionally modified. You now get entry to the menu by swiping down from the high of the display, as an alternative of tapping a button.

Amazon says extra adjustments will probably be coming later this 12 months, with an replace that may allow you to see extra lately learn books on the Home display and can refresh the Library’s assortment view and filter and kind menus.

A preview of the Home and Library screens.
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Amazon’s webpage for the redesign says the characteristic will probably be rolling out to supported gadgets (eighth Gen Kindle, seventh Gen Paperwhite, and Oasis or above) inside the subsequent few weeks. Basically, it consists of most Kindles launched since 2015, so there’s a first rate likelihood yours will probably be supported.

Unfortunately, Amazon hasn’t made the Kindles’ generation info simply out there till the replace that’s at present rolling out. It appears the best way to find out in case your system is eligible is to Google the mannequin quantity, which ought to be on the again of the system.

Like the readers’ E Ink shows, the Kindle interface doesn’t get refreshed fairly often. Amazon didn’t add the means to make the lock display present the cowl of the ebook you’re studying till earlier this 12 months. Ars Technica additionally stories that the Kindle internet browser’s “experimental” label — which has existed for at the very least 10 years, according to GoodEReader — is gone. Unfortunately, Ars stories not with the ability to see any adjustments from the earlier (and not very good) model.

The replace ought to mechanically set up in your Kindle in some unspecified time in the future if it’s linked to Wi-Fi, however you too can manually update your device using a computer if you happen to’re trying to get the new UI as quickly as potential.