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Kindle Firmware Update Increases Battery Life, Enables PDF Support

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By Chris Scott Barr

It’s amazing what can be accomplished by changing a bit of software, such as the firmware on a device. When optimized properly, a firmware upgrade can increase performance and sometimes add completely new features. Well Amazon has just announced a firmware upgrade for the Kindle that is going to blow your mind (if you already own one, that is). Not only does this bring native PDF support, but they also claim that your battery will now last 85% longer than before.

The boost in battery life applies to users who leave their reader connected to the internet at all times. You can now expect to go a full week between charges, as opposed to only four days before. If you leave the wireless turned off, then expect it to last about two weeks. Native PDF support is probably the most exciting thing, as before you needed to go through Amazon to have such documents converted to their proprietary format. If you’re still interested in converting them, you’ll now be able to do this yourself.

[ Amazon ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]








  • mcman

    Here's the thing, I don't like to read. Which makes you wonder how I got so educatered.

    Osmosis my friend, osmosis. Hey, does anyone know what osmosis means?

  • Jessicat

    Well I do enjoy reading books and not sleeping on them to gain their knowledge. I do however prefer the paper back version. Call me old school at heart. But it is nice to see that they are trying to better themselves.

  • Nikkita Croix

    Two weeks of battery life, that is a great update. If I had a Kindle, I would definetly get this new firmware.

  • http://thefutureofreading.wordpress.com/ eReaders Blog

    The newest Kindle firmware v2.3 increase battery life in 85%, ads PDF support, screen rotation and other improvements to Kindle (Global Wireless) and Kindle DX devices.