Today Amazon.com has announced Fire OS 3.1, which is a free software update for the Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HDX. This update will be over-the-air and will be sent to users in the next few weeks. You can also get the update by downloading it from the Amazon website. Some of the other new features includes integration with Goodreads and second screen capabilities. It also supports Cloud Collections, wireless printing, and enterprise support.
“The response to our new family of Kindle Fire tablets has been fantastic, and we’re excited to add new features we think our customers will love,” stated Amazon Kindle Vice President Peter Larsen.
Amazon.com acquired Goodreads in March. This means you will not need to leave your book to open the Goodreads application. Kindle readers can capture and share quotes with Goodreads friends within the book. They can also see what your Goodreads friends are reading and add books to a “want to read” shelf. You can rate and review a book that you finished and read it immediately on Goodreads and import all of the books that you have purchased from Amazon.com to your account.
The Cloud Collections feature will let you organize books, magazines, apps, and newspapers into customized collections. The Amazon Whispersync technology lets you sync collections across all Kindle devices and reading apps.
By adding a Second Screen feature, Amazon will let you move TV shows and movies from your tablet to your TV. The Second Screen currently works on the PlayStation 3 and Samsung TVs now. It will work on the PlayStation 4 later this year.
Amazon Fire OS 3.1 also features 1-Tap to quickly store items on your device in the cloud and wirelessly print documents, photos, e-mails, calendars, etc. Accessibility has been enhanced for blind and visually impaired users. There are also battery-life and performance improvements.