Amazon has announced that newer Kindles will get a new, simpler user interface through a software update (via Ars Technica). The update focuses primarily on navigation, adding a bar at the bottom of the screen that takes you from the home screen to the book you’re currently reading and the library screen. Some have had the update for a few weeks, but Amazon has announced that the update will roll out widely over the next few weeks.
The way you access Kindle’s quick settings (which let you turn on airplane mode, adjust brightness, etc.) has also changed. You now have access to the menu by swiping down from the top of the screen, instead of pressing a button.
Amazon says more changes will be made later this year, with an update that will let you see most recently read books on the home screen and refresh the library collection view and filter and sort. The menus.
Amazon’s webpage for the redesign says the feature will roll out to supported devices (8th Generation Kindle, 7th Generation Paperwhite, and Oasis or higher) in the coming weeks. Basically it includes most Kindles released since 2015, so there’s a good chance yours will be supported.
Unfortunately, Amazon did not make Kindle generation information readily available until the update was being rolled out. It seems the best way to find out if your device is eligible is to search for the model number on Google, which should be on the back of the device.
Like the E Ink screens of readers, the Kindle interface is not refreshed very often. Amazon hasn’t added the ability to have the lock screen display the cover of the book you’re reading until early this year. Ars Technica Also reports that the “experimental” label of the Kindle web browser – which has been around for at least 10 years, according to BonEReader – left. Unfortunately, Ars reports not being able to see changes from the previous version (and not so good).
The update should automatically install on your Kindle at some point if it’s connected to Wi-Fi, but you can also manually update your device using a computer if you want to get the new one. user interface as soon as possible.