Amazon Fire Phone gets OS update, battery life improved, other enhancements made

Amazon Fire Phone gets OS update, battery life improved, other enhancements made
Amazon’s foray into the smartphone segment is interesting to say the least. While there are some likable features about the Amazon Fire Phone, you can tell from our review it was not an earth shaker either.  One area that we were definitely not impressed was the battery life.

The Amazon Fire Phone is way behind the pack of class leaders like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2 in that regard.

New devices on the market tend to get a quick update or two soon after a market launch though, and the Amazon Fire Phone is no different.  An OS update is now available. Fire OS 3.5.1 (111009920) brings a number of enhancements to the device, most notably tweaks to improve battery life.

According to Amazon, there are dozens of system updates to make power consumption more efficient. There is a lot more with the update though, according to the change log, video sharing should be improved, and the email client now allows messages to be deleted from the home screen.

Your favorite apps can be pinned to the carousel, and folders for apps or content can be created directly on the app grid. Double-pressing the home button brings up a multi-tasking function now, allowing a “quick switch” between apps or shutting down apps you no longer want running. Lenticular photos collages have been enhanced too. Now, you will be able to use this function with up to 11 photos instead of 3.

If you have an Amazon Fire Phone, you should be able to grab the update either through an over-the-air connection, or you can download the software to your computer and install via a USB cable. Let us know if the changes made a difference on your Fire Phone.


sources: Amazon via PhoneScoop

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11 Comments

1. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

That is one expensive shopping gadget,

2. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

What if someone takes this phone in strong winds? Will the fire die out?

3. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

fire phone? LOL..

4. shamatuu

Posts: 159; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

Like it matters when ITS DOA.

10. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Even a "fire" sale will not help this phone. Fact remains that phone is still locked to one carrier. So many stupids moves with one device.

5. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

Nice to see them issuing quick updates.

6. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I'm sorry, but I don't fancy making my phone calls from the silicon version of the Sears & Roebuck 1893 mail-order catalog.

7. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I'm still disappointed the phone didn't include a little bronze statue of Jeff Bezos with his evil face leering like a perverted madman.

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Underrated gem

11. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Underrated? This has to be the most overrated and overpriced phones since the Facebook phone. This is completely opposite from what Amazon did with the Fire tablets. Those tablets were bargain priced and came out before the Nexus 7 tablet. That same logic did not make it to this phone.

9. crazymonkey05

Posts: 188; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

So what android OS is the fire phone on?

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