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Old 09-27-2012, 02:24 AM   #1
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Unhappy Is the Kobo Touch dead?

It's been three months since 2.0 and where's 2.1 or better? The arrival of the three new Kobos makes me wonder if the Kobo Touch and, in fact, the original two models are dying or already dead. Anyone got anything encouraging to say?
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Old 09-27-2012, 02:36 AM   #2
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It's been three months since 2.0 and where's 2.1 or better? The arrival of the three new Kobos makes me wonder if the Kobo Touch and, in fact, the original two models are dying or already dead. Anyone got anything encouraging to say?
The Touch is not dead. It is still listed on Kobo site for sale.In fact, I think it fits well between the Mini and Glo in their lineup. Also, Kobo representatives have consistently state it will still be around.

As to where the new firmware is, all I can say is that it is coming. I do know that Kobo are working on it to make sure that we don't have the problems of the last two official releases. And to make sure that some of the useability problems are dealt with.
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The Touch is not dead. It is still listed on Kobo site for sale.In fact, I think it fits well between the Mini and Glo in their lineup. Also, Kobo representatives have consistently state it will still be around.

As to where the new firmware is, all I can say is that it is coming. I do know that Kobo are working on it to make sure that we don't have the problems of the last two official releases. And to make sure that some of the useability problems are dealt with.
When the touch came out the wifi was apparently going to get another firmware update (it didn't) and was shown on the Kobo website along with the Touch and Vox right up until the announcement of the Mini and Glo. I strongly suspect that there will be one more firmware update and that is it - unless of course Kobo have come to their senses are realised they can write one firmware to run effectively on all three devices and keep the touch as a viable product.
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When the touch came out the wifi was apparently going to get another firmware update (it didn't) and was shown on the Kobo website along with the Touch and Vox right up until the announcement of the Mini and Glo.
Based on that, the Touch will be around until the next models after the Mini and Glo are announced. That makes sense to me.

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I strongly suspect that there will be one more firmware update and that is it - unless of course Kobo have come to their senses are realised they can write one firmware to run effectively on all three devices and keep the touch as a viable product.
Well, apparently they have come to their senses. They have stated that the Touch, Mini and Glow will share firmware.

I am surprised that they haven't release new firmware. But, as I stated before, they seem to be working to make sure it is right.
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My guess is that the new Touch firmware will be released in early October when the new devices are.

And then hastily re-released with fixes...
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Old 09-27-2012, 07:56 AM   #6
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... And then hastily re-released with fixes...
I agree and disagree. They will do a quick re-release if there are some upgrade problems. Otherwise, be prepared to wait a couple of months if there are other bugs (like the slow page turns on epub in 2.0.0).

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Old 09-27-2012, 08:04 AM   #7
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Well, apparently they have come to their senses. They have stated that the Touch, Mini and Glow will share firmware.
May I ask, where have they stated that? I saw a small reference from Sameer?? I think it was explaining a similar function between them, but nowhere anyone saying the same firmware.

I mean if that is the case then the Touch is not dead.
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:15 AM   #8
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I bought a KT the 2nd week of September, and it has 2.1.1 on it.

the info is posted here
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...8&postcount=86
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:10 AM   #9
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They have stated that the Touch, Mini and Glow will share firmware.
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May I ask, where have they stated that? I saw a small reference from Sameer?? I think it was explaining a similar function between them, but nowhere anyone saying the same firmware.

I mean if that is the case then the Touch is not dead.
Sameer says firmware updates will be for the Touch, Glo and mini here: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho....php?p=2216859

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May I ask, where have they stated that? I saw a small reference from Sameer?? I think it was explaining a similar function between them, but nowhere anyone saying the same firmware.

I mean if that is the case then the Touch is not dead.
The post I can find is http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...9&postcount=33. It has also been stated somewhere that I can't point to from here.
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Old 09-27-2012, 12:25 PM   #11
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My guess is that the new Touch firmware will be released in early October when the new devices are.

And then hastily re-released with fixes...

... not so sure about the last part ...
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... not so sure about the last part ...
Unfortunately, that has been the case for the last two releases. The 1.9.17 had a problem with lists displayed at the bottom of the screen and they put a new version out in a few hours. The 2.0.0 had an install problem that meant a lot of devices hung during the install. They withdrew it and re-released it after a few days.

So, if there is a serious problem, they will handle it quickly. The problem is that everyone's definitions of "serious" and "problem" is different.
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Unfortunately, that has been the case for the last two releases. The 1.9.17 had a problem with lists displayed at the bottom of the screen and they put a new version out in a few hours.
But unfortunately they did not hastily issue a new version that fixed the non-existing top-margin. That's why did not use 1.9.17 at all but went back to 1.9.16
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But unfortunately they did not hastily issue a new version that fixed the non-existing top-margin. That's why did not use 1.9.17 at all but went back to 1.9.16
You did see my comment about the meaning of "serious" and "problem" didn't you? The obviously didn't consider it a serious enough issue to provide an emergency fix. Personally, I agree. But, I would have liked to see a point release with little problems like this fixed.
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I hope Touch is not dead as I've only had mine for about 3 weeks and I'm very
happy with it. I've ordered a cover, with a light, so I think that will make quite a difference to the pages which I find too dim. The Glo looks great but I hope I can get at least 12 months out of the Touch.
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