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Old 01-05-2024, 11:03 PM   #1
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Kindle Firmware Update 5.16.6

https://www.reddit.com/r/kindlescrib...e_5166_is_out/

Some people have gotten email from Amazon about a forthcoming update (5.16.6):

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Nous souhaitons vous informer qu’une nouvelle mise à jour sera disponible pour votre liseuse Kindle. Elle en améliorera la sécurité et les performances et proposera de nouvelles fonctionnalités. Dans cette mise à jour, la version du logiciel de la liseuse Kindle 5.16.5 est mise à jour à 5.16.6 ou une version ultérieure.
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We would like to inform you that a new update will be available for your Kindle e-reader. It will improve its security and performance and offer new features. In this update, the software version of the Kindle 5.16.5 e-reader is updated to 5.16.6 or later.
No details on said 'new features'. My expectations are low.

Release notes (in French):
https://d1ergij2b6wmg5.cloudfront.ne...tes_fr-FR.html

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Old 01-06-2024, 09:38 AM   #2
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Big news!

It basically says that sometime in the future there will be a new Kindle firmware release with unspecified changes and a version number higher than the last one.
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Old 01-06-2024, 02:47 PM   #3
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Big news!

It basically says that sometime in the future there will be a new Kindle firmware release with unspecified changes and a version number higher than the last one.
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Old 01-07-2024, 04:24 PM   #4
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Has Amazon ever sent a pre-release email before? In all my years of using one they just send an email after it's released, or nothing at all.
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Has Amazon ever sent a pre-release email before? In all my years of using one they just send an email after it's released, or nothing at all.
I have gotten emails about Scribe updates, BTBH I cannot remember if it was before or after the fact. But this applies to Kindles in general (the ones still getting updates, that is).

It is odd.

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Old 01-07-2024, 06:31 PM   #6
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I've never had emails about the actual Kindle ever, over ten years. Only to do with Amazon account.
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Old 01-08-2024, 02:14 PM   #7
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FWIW, as of right now, it's not available to sideload form the .fr Kindle CS page.

(And, yeah, I got the mail a few days ago, in French, despite none of my devices being setup in that language. Most of 'em *are* registered on .fr, though).
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Now, the firmware 5.16.6 is out!

https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/custo...MQC26VQQMM8XSW
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Old 01-09-2024, 07:56 AM   #9
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Finally after nearly 17 years you can set the date & time. Big issue on older 3G only Kindles. Screen-shots used to go in exposed partition root, assuming you figured how to do them!

Nearly worthless release notes:
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Your Kindle is regularly updated with improvements to the reading experience. Have feedback? Please share it with the Kindle team by going to Contact Us under Settings and then Help & User Guides

Version 5.16.6 – January 2024

Here's what's new:

Settings: Settings has been updated for easier discovery and adjustment of device and reading settings. A new “Date and time” setting under “Device options” is available to manually or automatically set your local date and time.

Screenshots: Screenshots taken after this update will be stored in a dedicated screenshots folder, which can be accessed by connecting your Kindle to a computer via USB.

Performance improvements, bug fixes, and other general enhancements.

Version 5.16.5 – November 2023

View Collections with list layout: In Library, you can now switch to Collections view and select either Grid or List layouts to view your content. These settings can be found by tapping on the view and sort menu icon in the top right of Library.

Performance improvements, bug fixes, and other general enhancements.
Better than Gen 7 totally insulting useless release notes, like most Android updates
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Version 5.16.2.1 – June 2023

Here's what's new:

Performance improvements, bug fixes, and other general enhancements.

Version 5.15.1.1 – February 2023

Performance improvements, bug fixes, and other general enhancements.
Open note to ALL Developers and Marketing of stuff with software.
NEVER put Performance improvements, bug fixes, and other general enhancements.
Explain what they are. The info already exists. The cost of publishing is almost zero and what are you afraid of?

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Old 01-09-2024, 07:57 AM   #10
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Lasso Select - Delete: In the writing toolbar, the Lasso Select tool can be used to delete your handwritten strokes.
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Old 01-09-2024, 08:07 AM   #11
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New Settings is GREAT + more

The new settings menus are so much better than the old. This update is definitely worth it for that alone.

It looks like the browser is faster-- I'm glad they're continuing to improve in that area, especially since they don't have newspapers anymore in the Kindle store-- It's nice to get news that you don't have to "force" through Calibre.

On the Scribe -- The lasso tool also includes a delete function, which is nice to have.
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Old 01-09-2024, 10:34 AM   #12
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I noticed in the new settings menu that there is now a choice for software updates. When clicked it says "Your Kindle is up to date - You have the latest software (version 5.16.6)."

I wonder if that means we can now check for updates and download them on demand without having to go the the Kindle E-Reader Software Updates web page.
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They also added a new entry for Household Sharing on the settings menu from the Home/Library.
From : https://blog.the-ebook-reader.com/20...e-to-download/


What's Household Sharing ?

EDIT OK, never mind. Thanks Google.

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With ability to set system time directly, I assume Kindle is not assuming GMT time.

For example, to overwrite a Scribe Notebook (restore some previous version or replace with a copy of another notebook), I have had to set modify date so it is in future of GMT time to get it to sync. Hopefully that's not necessary any longer.

I think this time offset was also responsible for 'disappearing covers' of side-loaded-by-calibre content (but was never able to reproduce this).

I'll check the notebook behavior.

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Old 01-09-2024, 07:52 PM   #15
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Had to reboot a second time for the new settings UI to take hold, but so far, I like it!
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