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Amazon Kindle Fire OS 3.1 adds Second Screen and Goodreads integration

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Amazon Kindle Fire OS 3.1 adds Second Screen and Goodreads integration
When it comes to tablets, Amazon has a fair share of the pie with its Kindle Fire line, but aside from new hardware releases, there isn't much attention paid to the platform. The general thinking seems to be that the Kindle Fire line are less of tablet devices and more e-readers on steroids. That isn't quite accurate on the system level (though it may be on the app level), and it shows in the new Kindle Fire OS 3.1 update.

Amazon has put quite a bit of effort into Fire OS, and the new update to version 3.1 has some cool features to show off that effort. Number one on the change log is something that has been expected for a while, but never arrived until now: Goodreads integration. Amazon purchased Goodreads way back in March, and has kept to its promise to not alter the standalone app, but now Kindle Fire will make it easier to connect with your Goodreads friends or share and rate books via the service. 

Additionally, the update adds Second Screen options, although they are a bit limited. You can fling movies and TV shows from your Kindle Fire, but only to Samsung Smart TVs and to PlayStation 3 consoles. Beyond that, Amazon has made it much better to organize your Kindle Fire as well. You can now organize your content on the web and have it synced to your device, and there is a new quick option to free up storage space by automatically archiving content that hasn't been used recently. Amazon is also targeting enterprise a bit with new security features and printing options.

source: Amazon via Droid Life

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posted on 19 Nov 2013, 19:48

1. MyJobSux (Posts: 83; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)


Yet still no native music support for the FreeTime app. If you have children and your looking for a tablet and they enjoy music you might want to stay away from the Kindle Fire series. You can select which apps, books and videos can be accessed in FreeTime which adds a lot of granular control but when it comes to music they have completely shut it out. Unless you get a third party app that doesnt allow you to control which music they listen to of your library nor will it let you stream the music meaning it must be local on the tablet. Very annoying.

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