Amazon’s latest software update fore the Kindle Fire tablet is a mixed bag for Kindle users. On the one hand, Kindle Software version 6.2.1 will remove root privileges and may cause other problems for users that have rooted their tablets. On the other hand, it improves performance for those that are running the standard Amazon software.
As promised, the software update offers the following features:
- You can now remove books, apps or other content from the carousel of recently used items on the home screen.
- Scrolling is smoother.
- There’s an option to require a password to turn on WiFi (which could help prevent kids from purchasing apps without a parents’ permission).
It’s now also possible to remove the Facebook app which comes pre-installed with the Kindle Fire. Since it’s not really the Facebook app for Android, but just a shortcut to the Facebook mobile website, it never made much sense that there was no option to remove it.
Amazon is rolling out the software update automatically to Kindle Fire users.
Update: If you want the improved performance of Kindle Software 6.2.1 but can’t live without root access, you can download and install a pre-rooted version of the update.