Kindle Fire Update

Kindle Fire update is now available to all tablet owners who are eager to take advantage of improvements offered by Amazon. Kindle Fire owners whose devices are running system version 6.0 or 6.1 should update their software to version 6.2.1, which is the latest stable release of the Amazon software.

Kindle Fire Update

Most devices would get the update automatically, but it is also possible to get the Kindle Fire update manually trough Amazon’s website.

The update markedly improves the touch screen behavior and overall performance of the system although there are omissions too. Amazon also updated their software to allow for protection of Wi-Fi connections through password.

On the other hand, the makers of Kindle Fire decided not to address a security issue that is widely described as a major bug in the system. For example, the tablet is not protected against online purchases once a user has logged on, while no additional password is required to purchase items from the Amazon App Store. The latest Kindle Fire Update does not address this issue, leaving the device largely unprotected once a user is logged on and is not keeping a close eye on it.

Kindle Fire Could Challenge iPad 2

A number of market analysts forecast the new Amazon Kindle Fire tablet is to sell up to five million units by end-2011, outselling iPad 2 during the shopping spree surrounding Christmas. Some 12 percent of customers polled by electronic shopping guide Retrevo consider purchasing Kindle Fire compared to only 10 percent who would buy the the recently released iPad 2. Among the owners of tablet PCs, 27 percent of those polled claim their next tablet would Kindle Fire, with only 20 percent stating they would prefer the Apple’s tablet.

Kindel Fire iPad 2

A great advantage of Kindle Fire is its low price, set at $199, which, combined with aging iPad2, could boost Kindle sales in the next months. Apple are not expected to release a third version of the iPad before 2012, while Kindle Fire offers high productivity at affordable price.

To be fair, some experts have predicted that other tablets would outsell the iPad in the past; however, this predictions failed to materialize. On the other hand, Android-based devices gain strength and start to compete on equal terms with iOS 5-based devices produced by Apple.

More conservative market analysts tend to be cautious when asked whether one or another tablet is able to outsell the iPad, and a more moderate estimates are that Kindle Fire can challenge Apple’s tablets but the competition will be fierce. Other manufacturers also aim to grab market share from the iPad, and this is a more realistic scenario, where a few excellent devices by different manufacturers are gaining market share in a market currently dominated by the iPad.