Amazon Updates Fire OS To 3.1, Adds Goodreads Integration

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Less than two months after Amazon unveiled Mojito - Fire OS 3.0 - the company has now launched 3.1.

It's a free, over-the-air update available to Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HDX users, who should be getting it sometime within the next few weeks. If you want it immediately, you can go here and install the update.

“The response to our new family of Kindle Fire tablets has been fantastic, and we’re excited to add new features we think our customers will love,” said Peter Larsen, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. “This free, over-the-air Fire OS update brings new features like Goodreads integration, Second Screen, Cloud Collections, enterprise support, wireless printing, and more.”

The update include deep Goodreads integration, as well as new second screen controls and enterprise BYOD support.

Users can capture and share quotes with Goodreads friends from inside books, and see what their friends are reading with the Goodreads updates feed. You can also rate and review books, and share that info with friends, as well as import all your Amazon-purchased books (including print) into your Goodreads account.

The OS lets users fling TV shows and movies from their tablet to the TV.

"Second Screen turns your TV into the primary screen and frees up your Fire HDX to provide playback controls, a customized display for X-Ray, or simply a place to email, browse the web, and more while you watch a movie," Amazon says. "Second Screen is available for PlayStation 3 and Samsung TVs, and will be available starting later this year for PlayStation 4."

"Fire OS 3.1 delivers the ability to connect to secure enterprise Wi-Fi networks and access corporate apps, documents and resources like SharePoint; native VPN client for instant access to corporate networks; and a native SCEP (Simple Certificate Exchange Protocol) client to retrieve digital certificates for secure resources," the company adds. "Fire OS also now supports Kerberos authentication, which enables the ability to browse secure Intranet websites from the Silk browser. The new Kindle Fire tablets also include Kindle-specific device management APIs that integrate with existing mobile device management (MDM) systems to make it easy for IT departments to manage Kindle Fire."

Amazon also lists the following features for Fire OS 3.1:

  • Cloud Collections helps you organize your books, newspapers, magazines, and apps in customized collections for easy reference, and Amazon’s Whispersync technology synchronizes the collections across your Kindle devices and reading apps so they’re available on all of your devices.
  • Voice dictation converts your speech to text—available in all languages when online; offline support available in US English.
  • 1-Tap archive which frees up space on your Kindle Fire by identifying items that have not been recently used and provides a 1-tap option to store them in the Cloud for later retrieval.
  • Wireless printing of photos, PDF, e-mails, contacts, calendar and docs.
  • New accessibility enhancements that enable blind and visually impaired customers to save a separate accessibility profile for children in Kindle FreeTime, scroll lists automatically when swipe navigating, hear enhanced sound feedback and screen orientation changes announced, and have more control when editing text and navigating web content.
  • Dozens more new features, performance and battery life improvements, and bug fixes.

Amazon unveiled the Kindle Fire HDX and Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" in September. Read more about the devices here.

Chris Crum

Chris Crum has been a part of the WebProNews team and the iEntry Network of B2B Publications since 2003. Follow Chris on Twitter, on StumbleUpon, on Pinterest and/or on Google: +Chris Crum.