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.
According to the notice in my notifications, my tablet was now running Fire OS 188.8.131.52 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.
The weather report cannot be disabled, but all in all the update is a nice change.