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Kindle Fire Software Update 6.2.1 Released, Fixes Touchscreen Bugs

By Francis Rey Balolong / Dec 22, 2011 / Tech 33

Amazon has released its over-the-air (OTA) Kindle Fire software update to improve overall performance and fix several touchscreen problems that previously bugged Kindle Fire users.

Kindle Fire users vented frustrations regarding touchscreen problems alongside issues related to the browser and other features.

Some users pointed out how oversensitive the screen was to accidental touches, including instances when a finger is not touching the screen, while intentional touches have slow response times.

According to Amazon, “This update enhances fluidity and performance, improves touch navigation responsiveness, gives you the option to choose which items display on the carousel and adds the ability to set a password lock on Wi-Fi access.”

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Amazon's Kindle Fire Tablet. Image: Norimasa Hayashida via Flickr (CC)

Amazon now sells one million Kindle units per week, as most users and analysts are critical of the Apple iPad-like $200 tablet-eReader devices, with consumers having positive reactions to the cheaper Kindle Fire after its launch.

The Amazon Kindle Fire needed only two months to ship around three to four million units to place next to the Apple iPad’s dominant position in the tablet market.

In an interview with Reuters, Amazon VP Dave Limp said, “Kindle Fire is the most successful product we’ve ever launched -– it’s the bestselling product across all of Amazon for 11 straight weeks, we’ve already sold millions of units, and we’re building millions more to meet the high demand.”

The Kindle Fire Software Update Version 6.2.1 is now available and automatically comes to network-connected devices.

A manual update is also available for downloads outside the actual device on this link.

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