Amazon has just issued a major firmware update for the Kindle Touch that adds a ton of new features. Amazon has basically turned it into the Kindle Paperwhite minus the high-res screen and frontlight. Plus the Kindle Touch has speakers and an audio jack so it gets Amazon’s new Whispersync for Voice feature as well that syncs audiobooks and ebooks so you can switch back and forth between them.
This big of an update is somewhat surprising given the fact the Kindle Touch was on the market for less than a year before being replaced by the Kindle Paperwhite. Nevertheless, it’s good to see Amazon still supporting their older models.
Here’s a list of the main changes with the 5.3.2 update:
- A new user interface
- Whispersync for Voice
- Enhanced Parental Controls
- Book Covers
- Recommended Content
- Enhanced book samples
- Navigate graphic novels, and comics
The new homescreen looks like the one on the Kindle Paperwhite. You’ve now got the option to show book covers (or you can still use a list) and archived items are now called cloud items. They’ve also added a list of recommended reading titles to the homescreen, but like with the Kindle Paperwhite you can go into settings and turn recommended content off if you’d like.
The “Time to Read” feature is a nice addition to the Kindle Touch. The Kindle monitors your reading speed and then provides estimates on how long it will take to finish the chapter and the rest of the ebook.
Other new features include the ability to look-up biographical information about the author of a book, and comic books can now be read using Kindle Panel View, which zooms in on each individual panel.
Like always, you can wait for the update to be automatically pushed to you Kindle Touch over Wi-Fi in the coming weeks or you can download the update over at Amazon right now and install it manually. All you have to do is drag the update file onto the Kindle’s drive and then go into settings then menu and select to update your Kindle.