Amazon is rolling out a software update for the Kindle Fire. Software version 6.3 includes a number of new features and improvements. It’s mostly good news, but as usual, if you have a rooted Kindle Fire the over-the-air update will remove your root access unless you’ve installed a custom ROM or taken other action to block updates.

Update: Now you can root a Kindle Fire running software version 6.3 using Kindle Fire Utility.

Amazon Kindle Fire

Here are some of the changes in Kindle Fire software version 6.3:

  • Users can now share passages from a book using a new “share” option.
  • Book Extras let you character descriptions, glossary terms, and other data without leaving a book.
  • Whispersync will now work with Personal Documents, letting you sync your last read page between devices.
  • Print Replicas of textbooks are now available.
  • There’s a new Reading View in the Amazon Silk web browser which presents everything in a single-column view.
  • Movie rental periods now begin when you start watching a video, not when you start downloading it to your device.
  • The Kindle Fire should now reconnect to WiFi more quickly when the screen is turned on.

Users are also reporting that the screen can brightness can be set to a dimmer level.

If you’ve never rooted your Kindle Fire, the update seems like it could make the tablet a little more useful. But if you’ve rooted your tablet to install the Google Play Store or other software, now might be a good time to turn off WiFi or install a custom ROM — at least until someone figures out how to root Kindle Fire software version 6.3.

Update: While the update will remove root access, you can now re-root the tablet. It’s a bit of a headache, but if you’ve rooted a tablet in the past it shouldn’t be that hard. 

On the other hand, if you don’t want to wait for Amazon to wirelessly deliver the software to you, you may be able to download the update straight from Amazon’s servers and use the “Update your Kindle” option under device settings to install it.

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2 replies on “Amazon rolls out Kindle Fire 6.3 software update”

  1. My books all disappeared.  The files are still in the Books directory but not a thing shows up either on the device or the cloud.   I’m going to try resetting to factory defaults.  I was using FX (a really nice file explorer) and MX Video Player to watch live tv off my directv.  Hope I can side load those.

  2. Oops.  I forgot to turn off the automatic updates.  There goes my useful Kindle Fire into a fairly useless tablet again.  I got used to being able to access my native gmail and Google Calendar.  What a drag!

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