Amazon’s Fire OS 3.1 hits Kindle tablets: Goodreads and Second Screen included


When Amazon launched its latest Kindle Fire tablets with Fire OS software in September, the company promised an update by mid-November that will bring new features to the devices. It’s mid-November and the software is here. On Monday, Amazon announced version 3.1 of the Fire OS for all current generation Kindle tablets. The updated software will wirelessly roll out in the coming weeks but device owners can apply the update manually by downloading it from Amazon’s support site today.

Since all of the features in Fire OS 3.1 were already announced, there aren’t any surprises. Still, the software will help make the overall Kindle Fire tablet experience a better one.

For example, there’s deep in-content integration with Goodreads, making it easy to capture and share quotes with others on the social reading service. You can also see what Goodreads friends are reading or share a book rating. And every Amazon book purchased — digital or print — can quickly be imported to a Goodreads account.

Of course the Kindle Fire tablets are more than book readers; they’re video content consumption devices. And the newest software includes a Second Screen feature: You can “fling” video content from the Kindle Fire tablet to an HDTV, similar to Apple’s AirPlay and Google’s Chromecast functions. Amazon says Second Screen works with Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Samsung televisions; support for the PlayStation 4 is expected by year end.

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