Amazon’s Fire Phone didn’t get off to the best of starts, with most reviews panning it, but it just got a little better thanks to its first over-the-air update – mostly providing things it should have had in the first place.
Fire OS 3.5.1 provides a quick means of switching between apps, app folders, pinning of favorite apps to the home carousel, improved battery-life and more. To install it, swipe down from the top of the home screen to open Quick Actions, select Settings, then tap Device > Install system updates > Check Now to download. Once it’s downloaded, tap Install System Update and wait for the restart.
If the improvements are enough to make you consider a Fire Phone of your own, it’s available direct from Amazon from $649 outright or from $0 to $299 on contract.
You can read chapter-and-verse on all the improvements below.
Fire Phone Software Updates
Fire phone software updates automatically download and install on your Fire phone when connected wirelessly. You can also manually download the software to your computer and transfer it to your device with a USB cable.
The latest software version is Fire OS 3.5.1 (111009920).
The software version includes new and enhanced features:
Quick Switch With a double-press on the home button, Quick Switch allows you to easily alternate between or shut down running apps and tasks. To learn how to use Quick Switch, go to Switch Between and Close Recent Apps.
App Grid Collections Create folders of apps or content right on the app grid. To learn how to use Collections, go to Navigate Your Fire Phone.
Carousel Pinning Pin your favorite apps to the front of the home carousel. To learn how, go to Navigate Your Fire Phone.