Amazon announced that the latest Kindle e-readers are getting a new, simpler user interface by updating the operating system (version 5.13.7) for the first time in years. The update, according to the Arab Technical News Portal, focuses mainly on navigation and adding a bar at the bottom of the screen that allows you to navigate between the main screen, the book you are currently reading, and the library screen. Some got the update a few weeks ago. But the company announced that the update is rolling out widely over the next few weeks.
The way you access the Kindle's Quick Settings (which lets you turn on Airplane mode, adjust brightness, and more) has also been changed. You can now access the menu by swiping down from the top of the screen, instead of clicking the button.
The company says more changes are coming later this year, with an update that allows you to see more recently read books across the home screen with an updated library collection display and filter and sort lists.
Amazon's redesign webpage notes that the feature will be rolling out across supported devices within the next few weeks. The update includes the seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth generation Kindle Paperwhite, and the eighth, ninth-generation, and tenth-generation Kindle Oasis. and the eighth generation, the ninth generation, and the tenth generation of Kindle. Older seventh-generation Kindle devices such as the 2014 Kindle Voyage do not appear to be supported.
Essentially, the update includes most Kindle devices released since 2015, and the company didn't make Kindle generation information readily available until the update is currently rolling out. It seems that the best way to find out if your device qualifies or not is to search by the model number, which should be on the back of the device.
And like E Ink readers' screens, the Kindle's interface isn't updated often. The company didn't add the ability to make the lock screen show the cover of the book you're reading until earlier this year. It was also reported that the beta mark for the Kindle web browser - which has been around for at least 10 years has disappeared.
The new update doesn't fix Amazon's confusing Kindle naming system, which groups different devices into generations that are numbered based roughly on when they were released, rather than on product type.
The update should be installed automatically by your Kindle at some point if it is connected to a wireless network. But you can also update your device manually using a PC if you want to get the new user interface as soon as possible.