Yeah, yeah, you don’t need to load one real book – but you don’t need to update a book’s software either, and this is often the case with the Amazon Kindle, which rarely gets a software update. But now our devotees are reminding us that they are, in fact, Wi-Fi connected electronic devices capable of change as Amazon unveils a significant design upgrade for the first time in years.
To simplify navigation, the new look adds a two-tab bar at the bottom of the Home screen, allowing users to easily switch between the “Home” and “Library” screens. To access frequently used features, Kindle introduced an arrow at the top of the screen. When you press it, it reveals buttons to access Airplane Mode, Bluetooth, Dark Mode, Sync, or the rest of the settings menu. There is also a brightness slider.
Amazon informed customers of the update on Friday and says it will roll out in the coming weeks, but many users with eligible devices – Kindle (8th generation and above), Kindle Paperwhite (7th generation and above) and Kindle Oasis – have already downloaded the upgrade. If you’re not sure what kind of Kindle you have, you can check here, but if your Kindle is from 2015 or later, you’re probably eligible. If your Kindle is connected to Wi-Fi, the update will install automatically, but you can download it manually here.
The company says it will continue to improve the home and library screens later this year – users will be able to swipe left on the home page to see recently read books in their library. Next, the library screen will introduce new filtering and sorting menus, a new collection view, and an interactive scroll bar.
This is the biggest design update released by Kindle since around 2016 – but if you’ve noticed that the UI is outdated while you finished your summer reading, now you know that Amazon has it. also noticed.