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Old 12-07-2015, 07:36 PM   #1
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Firmware 3.19.5613 discussion

Kobo have started releasing firmware version 3.19.5613. Yes, I know, it's a strange number, but they have changed the build process are producing these numbers.

This release is for: Kobo Touch, Kobo Glo, Kobo Aura HD, Kobo Aura, Kobo Aura H2O, Kobo Glo HD, Kobo Touch 2.0.

This release is mainly fixes. The biggest is a fix for all the refresh/flashing problems that were added in firmware 3.18.0. The list of changes I know about are:
  • Fix the flashing/refresh issues that were introduced in 3.18.0. This includes the chapter start, post sleep and panning in PDF.
  • Gothic and Ryumin fonts replace with "Kobo Tsukushi Mincho" and "Kobo UD Kakugo". As far as I can tell, they are identical. The change was something to do with changing their font supplier.
  • Devices will sleep when plugged in. There were some other sleep timing issues that should be fixed.
  • Improvements to Turkish translations.
  • Japanese reading experience improvements
  • Correct book selected for "Current read" search.
  • Keyboard or web view could have been blacked out if you slept/woke the device quickly
  • Improved performance for certain books with large chapters. This is for kepubs with lots of chapters in a single internal file.
  • Other performance improvements for different formats.

The above is a mix of what Kobo told use was in the beta's and what I found during my testing. I have a long list of my "favourite" bugs that I test, and I test most of what is reported here. This means the answer to the question "Is x fixed?" is "I don't know" and probably "No".

Changes reported by others here are:
The desktop is also being updated. The version information for the firmware and desktop applications are:
  • Kobo eReaders: 3.19.5613 (2015-Dec-04, 4b76aa47bd)
  • Kobo Desktop (Win): 3.19.3619 (2015-Dec-04, 4b76aa47bd)
  • Kobo Desktop (Mac): 3.19.2305 (2015-Dec-04, 4b76aa47bd)

If you want to manually install the firmware, the download links are in the first post of the Direct Links to Kobo Firmware thread. And for those who like to patch the firmware, see Instructions for patching firmware 3.19.5613.

Calibre does not support this version yet, but there are no changes needed for the driver except bumping the version number. It is completely safe to use the "Attempt to support newer firmware version" option in the driver.

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Old 12-07-2015, 08:10 PM   #2
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Old 12-07-2015, 09:29 PM   #3
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Pinch to adjust font size on epubs has finally been fixed. unchecking it accually disables it now
Aura now refreshes every chapter again

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Old 12-07-2015, 11:15 PM   #4
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The new firmware does not work with self-registered database... (The error you get is "Critical Error, Your eReader hasn't synchronized with the server yet. Any highlights, notes, or reading progress you've made on the device will be lost.".. the only option is a "Sign out" button that deletes the database.


I've had enough of Kobo for this year.. discuss amongst yourselves, back to Kindle for me.
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Other than turning wifi off, is there a way to disable updates on the Kobo devices so that the new firmware does not download and update? I do not want to update to 3.19 until GeoffR releases his patches for it.
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you could try the disable update over wifi patch, then you'd just need to manually update. It's not guaranteed to work though.

That said I wouldn't worry, most of the time OTA updates take longer to go out to folks than it takes Geoff to get the patches out.
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  • Kobo Desktop (Win): 3.19.3619 (2015-Dec-04, 4b76aa47bd)
  • Kobo Desktop (Mac): 3.19.2305 (2015-Dec-04, 4b76aa47bd)
The Kobo Apps page is still linked to the previous version (3.18.0).
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I've updated the first post of the Direct Links to Kobo Firmware thread (this thread!).
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The new firmware does not work with self-registered database... (The error you get is "Critical Error, Your eReader hasn't synchronized with the server yet. Any highlights, notes, or reading progress you've made on the device will be lost.".. the only option is a "Sign out" button that deletes the database.


I've had enough of Kobo for this year.. discuss amongst yourselves, back to Kindle for me.
I'm not sure that I understand what this means. Does updating the device manually still work?
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I'm not sure that I understand what this means. Does updating the device manually still work?
What it means is that Kobo have fixed a bug in the firmware that allowed non-registered devices to sync with their servers. Manually installing still works.
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I'm calling this release: The Flash Sleeps With The Fishes Release.
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I put it on my Aura HD. Nice reminder of why I use the patch! But the chapter beginning flash was really bad on that one, so I wanted to update it right away.
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What it means is that Kobo have fixed a bug in the firmware that allowed non-registered devices to sync with their servers. Manually installing still works.
Thanks David
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The new firmware does not work with self-registered database... (The error you get is "Critical Error, Your eReader hasn't synchronized with the server yet. Any highlights, notes, or reading progress you've made on the device will be lost.".. the only option is a "Sign out" button that deletes the database.


I've had enough of Kobo for this year.. discuss amongst yourselves, back to Kindle for me.
Isn't this the same behaviour as a Kindle? You have to register them?
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What it means is that Kobo have fixed a bug in the firmware that allowed non-registered devices to sync with their servers. Manually installing still works.
No, Manually installing effectively bricks your device (Untill you go through the normal setup, or a new workaround is found.)
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