There’s a new version of the Fire OS for Amazon’s latest tablets. This brings new consumer-oriented features like integration with Goodreads, as well as business-friendly features.
Amazon bought Goodreads earlier this year, and the reading-oriented social networking service is integrated into Fire OS 3.1 allowing users to, among other things, more easily rate and review books on their tablet.
Second Screen allows users to stream video from the latest Kindle Fire models to a PlayStation 3 or Samsung TV while using the tablet to provide playback controls, a customized display for X-Ray, or access email and browse the Web while watching a movie.
For business users, Fire OS 3.1 offer the ability to connect to secure Wi-Fi networks, including a native VPN client. Users can access corporate apps, documents, and resources like SharePoint.
It includes a native SCEP (Simple Certificate Exchange Protocol) client to retrieve digital certificates for secure resources, and Fire OS also now supports Kerberos authentication, which enables the ability to browse secure Intranet websites from the Silk browser.
In addition, the new Kindle Fire tablets also sport Kindle-specific device management APIs that integrate with existing mobile device management (MDM) systems to make it easy for IT departments to manage Kindle Fire.
Amazon’s Fire OS 3.1 also helps users organize their books, newspapers, magazines, and apps in customized collections, and it supports voice dictation that can convert speech to text?available in all languages when online; offline support available in U.S. English.
Wireless printing of photos, PDF, emails, contacts, calendar, and docs has been added, as well as new accessibility enhancements for blind and visually impaired customers.
Getting the New Version
Kindle OS 3.1 is a free, over-the-air update. It will be delivered automatically to supported devices in the coming weeks, or it can be downloaded and installed immediately from Amazon’s website.
The upgrade is available only for the latest generation of Amazon tablets, including the Kindle Fire HD, the 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX, and the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX.