Sony Reader Wifi Updated – Hacks Affected (Fixed)
A lot of owners have reported that the touchscreen can be wonky. It can turn the page without you actually touching it (I’ve seen it). That is one of the fixes. Here’s the full list:
- Improved touch panel functionality
- Improved stability when searching the dictionary
- An Internet connectivity problem which only appears under certain conditions is fixed.
- Improved DRM contents compatibility
I’ve just downloaded and installed the update. The update itself was a 103MB install file for Windows (no OSX support). Since I have a hacked Sony Reader Wifi, I’m not completely sure what’s going to happen. I don’t see any warnings about wiped content or other risks, so i decided to give it a shot.
And now that the update is done, I can report that it did not affect the hacks. My Sony Reader Wifi is still a 6″ Android tablet. Both the Kindle app and the CoolReader app work just fine.
Update: It looks like I spoke too soon. The hack is somewhat borked. The web browser doesn’t quite work right and won’t let me download apk files. The settings menu won’t let me uninstall files either. I’m going to go try to reinstall the hack. Don’t touch the update if you have a hacked Sony Reader.
Second Update: It’s working again. I had to regress back to the 1.0.02 restore file I found here using the same instructions found here. I then reinstalled one of the hacked firmwares and I am in the process of reinstalling apps. The Amazon Appstore is already running. But I’ve since run out of space for other apps, dammit.
Final Update: Porkupan has since told me that the hack should not have been affected by the update. In any case, he’s released a new hack and restore files for the update.
I’m really grateful for Sony taking the time to not kill the hack. Unlike B&N, who released an update for the Nook Touch that
wiped broke an existing hack, Sony clearly isn’t going to get in the way of the more ambitious users. That makes the Sony Reader Wifi all that much more valuable, IMO.