Kindle Fire HD Update Adds Camera App, Swype
They’ve just rolled out a new update for the 7″ Kindle Fire HD, and it adds a couple useful features:
- Camera app. You can now use the front-facing web camera to take pictures of yourself with an included camera app in the Photos library.
- Swype. Swype is a keyboard feature that provides a fast way to enter text. It lets you create a word by drawing through letters. Swype also provides additional keyboard functions like copy and paste and the ability to change the keyboard language.
- Kindle FreeTime Unlimited. Kindle FreeTime Unlimited is a subscription service you can choose to sign up for within Kindle FreeTime. Parents can subscribe children’s profiles to a wide variety of videos, apps, and games appriate for ages 3-8. For more information, see www.amazon.com/freetimeunlimited.
Swype is a pretty useful feature. Rather than typing in the individual characters, Swype lets you drag your finger across the onscreen keyboard to spell out a word. Each time you pause your finger, a new character is added, and when you pick up your finger the word will shop up on screen.
Speaking of the camera app, I’ve been told that the KFHD 8.9 already had one. Like the new app for the KFHD you could access it from the photo album. Apparently the larger KFHD has had this feature ever since it shipped
, which makes sense given that it has a rear facing camera.