Monday, December 12, 2011

Technical - First Production Update

Amazon is getting ready to upgrade the software on the Kindle Fire.

All computer companies do this for any supported product. This seems to be coming pretty quick. My interpretation is that it shows that Amazon is responsive to market feedback. However, what time will tell is how efficient their release process is. That is, how well has it been tested before throwing it over the wall at their customers.

I'm also interested in seeing if the update will be optional, or will the Fire detect an update and "automagically" install it for you.

If it's optional, I'll wait a couple weeks before putting it in to ensure that all the bugs are worked out. With any upgrade, it's good to remember the old saying about Microsoft products: Never buy Microsoft product until service Pack 2 (the second major update). if you've ever updated operating systems before, then chances are you've been burned once or twice.

Here's an article describing the first release: Kindle Fire: Major Software Update Soon, By Paul McDougall InformationWeek December 12, 2011

UPDATE: The upgrade installed itself with me even knowing it.

I did notice that my Fire is more responsive to touch and that the browser works faster. My opinion is that the upgrade added value.

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