Amazon has just released the updated 6.2.2 firmware update for the Kindle Fire. While the documentation for this update has not yet hit their support pages, customers will find it being downloaded to their device in the near future, should they not have made the effort to turn off automatic updating of the software. Until patch notes are released or a more thorough exploration of the new features can be made we know very little, but there are a few clear things going on.
First and most obvious, users will find that the Kindle Fire’s Silk browser now has the ability to take up your entire screen. This is a huge improvement in many situations and more than welcome, even if the patch did nothing else. The 7″ screen tends to tread the line between too large for mobile sites and too small for standard sites in a way that makes this new feature extremely appealing. More options is almost always better.
Aside from that, the patch does break any rooting that has been done on the device so far. There are conflicting reports at this time regarding the potential to immediately re-root with an updated BurritoRoot, but right now it seems likely that at least a few days will be needed to let the dust settle and new solutions arise. Should you be interested in trying what some people say is a working root method for 6.2.2, look up Justin Case’s “BurritoRoot 2”. It is already quite simple to find and appears to be equally simple to use, though I have not yet had a chance to attempt it myself and as such can’t advocate one way or the other.
This facet of the update seems especially strange given how disinterested Amazon has claimed to be regarding the potential for rooting their device around the time of launch, but it is hardly the first time. Given how quickly reports have come in that indicate rooting is again possible, obviously they are not trying too hard. I tend to see it as a nod to convention rather than a serious effort to lock off the Kindle Fire, but I also freely admit that I have no direct knowledge of the process that is being used to unlock it and as such can’t speak to the difficulty involved.
We’ll get back to you with more information as it becomes available. There appears to be no visible negative impact on any of the normal every day uses for the Kindle Fire, so aside from those who have rooted the device there is no reason to try to avoid it.
Should you want to manually update your device rather than waiting to be picked up automatically, you can download from this link. Just connect your device to a computer and copy the downloaded file to the “kindleupdates” folder. On your Kindle‘s screen, open the Settings menu and choose Device > Update your Kindle. That’s all there is to it. Enjoy the new browsing capabilities!