Amazon to Release Kindle Fire Update Within Two Weeks

Dec 12, 2011, Inc. will release the first software update for the Kindle Fire tablet in the next two weeks, according to paidContent. The update will reportedly mend the device's multitouch navigation response and other performance issues as well as the list of options for recent activity on the tablet, one of the privacy concerns expressed by some users.

There is also speculation that Amazon may even release a new version of the device altogether by next spring; Amazon has not confirmed or denied this rumor. The Kindle Fire has received mixed reviews since its U.S.-only release on Nov. 15. On Amazon's site, nearly 2,300 users have given the tablet a five-star rating and over 1,600 have rated it three stars or lower.

Criticisms of the Kindle Fire have included a lack of external volume control, problems with the responsiveness of the touch interface, a poor reading experience compared to the Kindle, poor browsing, and not enough on-device storage for media files. Official sales statistics have not been released by the company, though projections estimate Amazon will ship 3.9 million units in Q4 2011.


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