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Kindle Touch 5.0.3 Update Available for Automatic Download

Just wanted to let you know that you should be able to download the latest update: 5.0.3, for the Kindle Touch via Wi-Fi.

Here’s how to do it:

While in your Kindle Touch’s home screen, tap “Menu”, then “Settings.”

Once you are on the Settings page, tap “Menu” again, and go to “Update Your Kindle”.

Your Kindle will take it from there.  Just make sure that it remains turned on so that the update can be fully implemented.  The whole process only takes a couple of minutes.

Prior to the update, my Kindle was running really slow.  I had a difficult time trying to get to the different menu options.  There have been reports of page turn lagging slow navigation to the home screen.  Now that the update is complete, it does seem to run faster.  The real verdict will come once I get the chance to use it for a longer period of time.

Overall, this update is minor but it makes some much needed adjustments that will make your navigation and reading experience better.  Generally speaking, it is always good to keep the software up to date for top performance and security.

Suggestions for future updates.

Eliminate the shadowing that appears when transitioning between pages and the home screen.

Provide clearer navigation commands.  Sometimes I try to move to the next page in my list of books on the home screen, and it clicks into the book itself.

Lastly, page turns for lefties.  That is the one thing I miss about my older generation Kindle.  It had page turn buttons on both sides.

3 comments to Kindle Touch 5.0.3 Update Available for Automatic Download

  • michael

    Additional suggestions:

    1. My hand sometimes shakes and I unintentionally double-tap the screen and two page turns occur as a result. Please, please, please change the firmware to treat double taps that are separated by less than, say, 3/4 second as single taps (one page turn).

    2. Customization option to eliminate the left-side border “page back” area. This will help lefties with page turns. Left-to-right swipe will still provide page back function.

  • Supriya

    How do I update my KT without Wi-Fi. ?

  • Kevin

    My Touch is on 5.0.1 and the ‘Update your Kindle’ menu choice is greyed out.

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