The Amazon Kindle model had a banner yr in 2021. The corporate launched two new e-readers, the Kindle Paperwhite eleventh Era and the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Version. These are two of the most well-liked manufacturers on the planet, as a result of they’re very inexpensive and produce great worth to the desk. Amazon additionally put a precedence on revising the person interface on the Kindle and this had reverberating results on the house display screen and most different menus.
The Kindle Paperwhite eleventh era and the Signature Version upped the ante for e-readers. The display screen dimension was elevated from 6 inches to six.8 inches. Each fashions are using model new E INK Carta 1200 e-paper. There are some great advantages of the brand new show panels, reminiscent of a 20% enhance in efficiency and this straight allowed Amazon to create the brand new animated web page flip system. Web page flip velocity has been elevated by 20% and total all the responsiveness of the Kindle Paperwhite has mainly been elevated by over 50%, in comparison with the Kindle Paperwhite 4. Each of the brand new Kindles have 300 PPI, which makes textual content razer sharp. They’ve the flexibility to purchase books, on the biggest digital bookstore on the planet and in addition purchase and hearken to Audible audiobooks by way of Bluetooth headphones. The Signature Version helps fast charging and has a light-weight sensor, to routinely modify the front-lit show, primarily based in your surroundings.
Over the course of 2021, Amazon slowly began to revise all the graphical person interface and made issues extra easy. Amazon has applied a brand new house display screen for many of their Kindle e-readers. It supplies an inventory of the books you might be studying and sequence of suggestions. One of many downsides, is that it’s now not potential to alter the house display screen again to the outdated method, which mainly went to your library. Now, there’s a library fast icon proper beneath the books you might be presently studying. For the reason that house display screen has been revised, if in case you have a Particular Gives Version, ads now not present up on the display screen.
There have been another adjustments on the house display screen too. The highest navigational tabs have disappeared. That is the place the again button, Goodreads, the procuring cart and a hyperlink to the Amazon retailer have been. These have all been moved. The shop icon is now proper beside the search menu, and all the things else has been moved to the settings menu. Among the best adjustments of the settings menu, is about your machine, previously, it gave a serial quantity, which didn’t actually inform you a lot. Now it tells you precisely what era mannequin you might have, which is nice if you wish to resell it or at the least know, the mannequin you might have.
Some of the welcome adjustments of the yr, was Amazon lastly giving customers the flexibility to showcase e book cowl artwork on the lock display screen. This actually personalizes your Kindle. Amazon additionally made some slight adjustments to the studying expertise, including in options like darkish mode.
It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows on the Kindle. Good e-Reader broke the story that thousands and thousands of Kindles won’t be able to connect with 3G networks anymore in early 2022, since all of their provider companions are shutting them down, to make extra bandwidth out there for 5G. This additionally applies to international 3G networks for worldwide customers, nevertheless some nations plan on sunsetting them by 2025. It is very important notice that Kindles will nonetheless have the ability to connect with WIFI networks to purchase ebooks, however gained’t have the ability to connect with 3G networks. The one Kindle fashions that can have the ability to join is the Kindle Paperwhite 4 and Kindle Oasis 3, as a result of they help 4G. Since our articles gained a lot mainstream media consideration, this prompted Amazon to launch an official remark. They mainly talked about the shutdown dates and provided individuals credit score to improve. We additionally wrote an article on precisely what Kindle mobile fashions will cease working, in case you are fearful yours gained’t work anymore.
What’s Amazon planning for 2022? I consider that they are going to be killing off the Oasis. It’s because the brand new Paperwhites have the identical sized display screen, and the Signature borrowed the sunshine sensor. The one factor the Oasis had was capacitive web page flip buttons, which isn’t sufficient to launch a 4th era mannequin. The Voyage model is lifeless and can by no means be revived. It may appear farfetched, however Amazon does want a bigger display screen premium model machine, I’ve heard 8 inches is a candy spot for some suppliers. They appear to even be testing the identical product to take notes and freehand draw, since Amazon will have the ability to promote unique equipment for it, however the firm doesn’t have any expertise within the e-note area. I doubt with Kobo coming into this sector, that Amazon will allow them to dominate with notice taking deices. Amazon can also be testing new ideas, like a foldable Kindle.
Amazon additionally plans on persevering with their firmware updates to alter extra options on the Kindle, the plan is 4 main updates a yr, which a sequence of smaller ones to repair bugs. They’re going to concentrate on different facets of the Kindle, reminiscent of person profiles, and studying settings. There are additionally plans for the help new touchscreen gestures to manage the luminosity of the front-lit show. The Kindle model has a brand new coverage going ahead, there might be no mobile mannequin variants on any of the long run Kindles that come out. The bloody nostril they’d with all the 3G debacle, doubtless soured them on offering free web entry for a one time price.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the previous twelve years. His articles have been picked up by main and native information sources and web sites such because the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Submit and the New York Occasions. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.