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Old 08-17-2021, 04:25 AM   #1
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Kindle firmware update 5.13.7

Version 5.13.7 -August 2021

Here's what's new:

Improvements to Device Identification :
Kindle Model and Generation information is now discoverable on your Kindle in Settings within the Device Info page.

Performance improvements, bug fixes, and other general enhancements.



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Some new menu design. Pull down menu similar to Android and more.

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Old 08-17-2021, 05:37 AM   #2
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"Home Screen" View now always show. No option to hide anymore.
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Old 08-17-2021, 06:09 AM   #3
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Upgrading my kindle pw3 RN, also Voyage users will likely need to wait

this new UI is the biggest change in years and I am both happy and worried
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Old 08-17-2021, 08:31 AM   #4
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Upgrading my kindle pw3 RN, also Voyage users will likely need to wait

this new UI is the biggest change in years and I am both happy and worried

Can you elaborate, please, on why you feel this way?
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Old 08-17-2021, 10:44 AM   #5
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"Home Screen" View now always show. No option to hide anymore.
You can tap on the the 'Library' on the bottom part of the screen and it will switch to the old library view.
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Old 08-17-2021, 11:24 AM   #6
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i didn't get any updates yet!

i always keep my kindle in airplane mode, turned it off just so it would update... been an hour since... nothing yet. Maybe they are rolling out update selectively.

There's no way to check for updates. The update your kindle option never works.
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Old 08-17-2021, 11:59 AM   #7
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It's a bad joke on Oasis...

The system menu uses tiny font with huge vertical gaps, and if "Large" is selected in Display options (which does not effect the system menu, it remains the same small sized font), then the Library list view only shows 4 books with extreme gaps...

But with "Standard" size selected, it still only lists 5 books (if I remember right, even the Paperwhite was able to list 8 books)

Worst upgrade so far...
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Old 08-17-2021, 12:52 PM   #8
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i lost the book cover support for sideloaded books
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Old 08-17-2021, 01:02 PM   #9
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It's a bad joke on Oasis...

The system menu uses tiny font with huge vertical gaps, and if "Large" is selected in Display options (which does not effect the system menu, it remains the same small sized font), then the Library list view only shows 4 books with extreme gaps...

But with "Standard" size selected, it still only lists 5 books (if I remember right, even the Paperwhite was able to list 8 books)

Worst upgrade so far...
This is awful. Thank you for posting. I'm going to leave my Oasis permanently in the airplane mode from now on.
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Old 08-17-2021, 05:35 PM   #10
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Can you elaborate, please, on why you feel this way?
happy because it shows amazon is still willing to invest and that they are still potentially working on a new device
sad because I can't disable the main Home page in favor of only library now
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I like the new update. It makes things a bit more organized and cleaner. But I am one that uses a lot of the features including home and goodreads and all of that.
I do think the size of the font in the selections dropdown is a wee bit too small. There is plenty of space for them to make it bigger and I hope they'll do it in future. I currently have sorted by showing covers in grid, not list view so I haven't noticed any differences in how it shows the library. Its charging now so I haven't really looked super close. But it seems more intuitive and closer to the app versions I guess. I don't read on my phone or tablets so I can't really tell.

I'll let my other kindles update on their own, if they get it. This is for the latest Oasis.
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Eek! I don't see the back button. Sometimes I read ahead a little and then I want to return to where I was. Can anyone help?
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Old 08-17-2021, 07:42 PM   #13
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The text on the Home Screen and Library is way to small to read, and I haven’t figured a way to enlarge it.
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The text on the Home Screen and Library is way to small to read, and I haven’t figured a way to enlarge it.
They shrunk the font for no particular reason and only show 5 items in library now. What the heck?

I shouldn't complain lol because the voyage doesn't get the update anyway.
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Eek! I don't see the back button. Sometimes I read ahead a little and then I want to return to where I was. Can anyone help?
Swipe up from bottom: depending on which direction you jumped from, there is an arrow in lower right or left corner that will navigate to the previous location. If you make multiple jumps, it has ‘breadcrumbs’ for the various locations, and you can go all the way back to where you started. I think this is unchanged from previous functionality.

However, the breadcrumbs go away if you start to go back and then reverse direction without going all the way back: then you can only jump between the two locations just visited. I regard this as a bug in an otherwise useful feature (and maybe it works the same with the Kindle apps? But I really don’t jump around that much).

The Back button as it was was a bit overloaded: it could go somewhere else in the book, or it could take you back to Home or Library, and from there, to some other book: there was no way of knowing what it was going to do just by looking at it. Now the Back button is labeled to let you know where you are going, and there is also an X in upper right corner if you just want to Close/Exit (instead of the Home icon).

I see they’ve fiddled some more with the Aa panels: same stuff, I think, just rearranged.

Initially I was put off by the reduction from 7 to 5 titles per page (still 6 in Cover view). But I am warming up to it: it is nice that you can get right back to the last book you were reading from anywhere, no matter where you are, or what books might have downloaded between reading sessions. (What do Special Offers Kindles look like? Where do they put the ads?) I have been trying to avoid switching books too often, and this will help with the focus.

I can still ignore Home Screen: if I start from Library, If you start on Home, you go back there when you close the book, and if you start from Library you go back to Library. Heck, now I CAN get to Home Screen if I have an inkling to do so, whereas before it was like 5 taps to turn it on to see what it looked like.

And now Go To is an icon: more available space for any given language.

Goodreads is still there, but you cannot get to the GR pages when reading a book (you can of course still Share). In Home/Library, it’s on the 3 dot menu. Only the toolbar is changed.

Amazingly, they have removed Kindle Store icon/item from all of the menus/toolbars. If you want to go there, you have to go to Home/Library and even then it is just a tiny, unlabeled shopping cart icon. Very low key by comparison.

There is an issue with the Read filter: when I select ALL, turning on the filter displays zero books (should be 600+).

Overall, I think it is a nice redesign, and I’m ready to put it on my other Paperwhite.

Now, please add Author Grouping, Amazon. I would also have liked if they could have improved the scrollers in Kindle Store listings, X-Ray, Notes, etc to add page up/down buttons like they have on Home Screen as an alternative to swipe up/down, which doesn’t always work well.

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