Amazon Fire Tablet Update Fixes the Sideloading Bug

Amazon Fire Tablet Update Fixes the Sideloading Bug e-Reading Hardware e-Reading Software Fire

A few weeks back Amazon released a firmware update for its Fire tablets that broke a key feature. The update accidentally made it difficult to impossible to install third-party apps.

Now Amazon has released a new version of Fire OS 5.6, and it seems to fix the bug. Update can be downloaded from Amazon. There's no mention of the bug in the changelog, but user reports suggest that the problem has been fixed.

If you have a late model Fire tablet, you can install the update by going to the settings > device > systems update menu, and telling the tablet to check for an update.

As an alternative, you can also download the update from Amazon and install it yourself.

I cannot, though. While Amazon did release an update for 4th-gen Fire tablets, they did not release one for my model.

I am one of the lucky few that managed to duck the problem entirely. How about you?



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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

4 Comments on Amazon Fire Tablet Update Fixes the Sideloading Bug

  1. I have 3 Fire tablets, 6/7/10 that never saw this issue. Play store works fine, with the normal issues (no Lock Screen or Launcher apps, etc.).

  2. I read on Ars that Google will be pulling YouTube support for Amazon Fire TV. Never having had an Amazon anything, I’m not sure…will this affect the Fire *tablets*?
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