Fire OS 5.4.0.1 Now Downloading to (3-year-Old) Fire Tablets

Amazon just gave me another reason to pass on replacing my fire tablet.

When I booted my Fire (2014) tablet this morning I was greeted by a new home screen.

Fire OS 5.4.0.1 Now Downloading to (3-year-Old) Fire Tablets e-Reading Hardware e-Reading Software Fire

According to the notice in my notifications, my tablet was now running Fire OS 5.4.0.1 Cinder. This version was first mentioned on XDA Forums in late August. the changelog says that the only changes included "performance  enhancements and general improvements".

I can't see any real improvements to the tablet's main functions (for example, the tablet still won't show all of my books in the same place) but I did notice one change.

The very first page of the homescreen is now called "for you" and looks different.

Before, Amazon listed my last activity and used the rest of the screen to pitch me similar content (this was effing annoying). The new "for you" screen shows icons for the last dozen or so activities, making it a lot easier to switch between shows I am watching and games I'm playing.

There's also an alternate version of the "for you" screen that shows local weather.

Fire OS 5.4.0.1 Now Downloading to (3-year-Old) Fire Tablets e-Reading Hardware e-Reading Software Fire

The weather report cannot be disabled, but all in all the update is a nice change.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

9 Comments

  1. Carmen Webster Buxton23 September, 2017

    I have a Kindle Fire but I use it only when I travel on short trips, so I don’t have to pack my laptop. The best I can say about the Fire is, it’s better than having no tablet.

    Reply
  2. Randy Lea23 September, 2017

    My Fire 8 just died, not sure if its related to the update.

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    1. dan24 September, 2017

      my fire 8 also just died – 2 days after the update. Seems too much of a coincidence.

      Reply
  3. Reader23 September, 2017

    I have Fire HD 8 6th generation,which according to the Amazon website, is still up-to-date with Fire OS 5.4.0.0. (I believe I purchased it in 2015.) Unfortunately, this software doesn’t have Ember Bold font.

    Reply
  4. Chris Meadows24 September, 2017

    You know, under Fire OS 5.*, you can download and install the Play Store without needing to screw around with rooting or USB debugging or anything like that. Just allow apps from “untrusted sources” and download some packages.

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    1. Nate Hoffelder24 September, 2017

      This has been true for a while now – since (I think) 2012. Not all Google apps worked, but I have added Google Play to earlier Fire tablets simply by installing those 4 APKs.

      BTW, Gmail works on my Fire tablet (it didn’t on earlier models/OSes).

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      1. Chris Meadows24 September, 2017

        Well, it used to be you had to fiddle around with activating developer mode, and USB debugging, and installing ADB drivers, and such.

        Since Fire OS 5.*, all you gotta do is enable a setting option and use the web browser. That’s a pretty big improvement.

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        1. Nate Hoffelder24 September, 2017

          You’re right – I was confusing the Fire tablet with other budget Android tablets.

          Reply
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