Kindle Tips: Kindle Reading app update for Kindle for Android (v4.6) - Lots of enhancements but some are reporting crashes with the update, so waiting for the next update may be a good option for some.
Kindle reading-app for Android updated with Audible Integration improvements and several other feature enhancements
A copy of the forum announcement:
' Initial post: Aug 12, 2014 3:00:21 PM PDT
Megan H. - Forum Moderator says: (AMAZON) (AMAZON OFFICIAL) We have a new, exciting software update available for Kindle for Android. The latest version of Kindle for Android 4.6 has several new features and performance improvements.
What's been improved?
We've improved the listening experience for books with audio: * When you're listening from a Bluetooth device, playback will automatically pause if Bluetooth is disconnected. A new permission is required for this, "Pair with Bluetooth devices." More information about the device permissions we require and why, is available at: https://amazon.com/help/kindleforandroid/permissions * Go hands-free with Immersion Reading; enjoy automatic page turns without the screen shutting off. * Learn more about reading and listening with Whispersync for Voice.
Helpful account information can be found on the Settings screen: * Rename your device to make it easier to recognize when buying books from the Kindle store. * Check your registration information, is the app registered to the correct email address? * Learn more about reading personal documents with Send to Kindle.
Viewing options inside the book have been updated: * "Use system brightness" is a more intuitive option for a brightness settings. Tap the "Aa" icon at the top of the screen to choose this new option. If you're not finding the "Aa" icon, tap the center of the screen to have the menu bars slide into view. This improvement was made with the help of your feedback! * When the menus are hidden (tap the center of the screen to show or hide them), tap the bottom right corner of the screen. Do you notice a small padlock? Tap it to lock the orientation. Now you can turn the device in any direction so you read on your side or back.
Improvements were made to the Table of Contents as well: * A direct link to the book cover is at the top. * "Front matter" is next. Funny name but this where you'll find the title, copyright, dedication and more. There's an arrow to the right of the label. Tap it to close the front matter section. * If a book has page numbers we'll show them alongside the chapter names. The current page you're on will be highlighted. * If another chapter is selected, you can always get back to your previous location by tapping one of the placeholders on the location seeker at the bottom.
Lots of other improvements and fixes are included as a result of your feedback. Please keep the feedback coming, we're always listening and will be sure to send your comments to the Kindle for Android team. '
REMINDER How does Whispersync for Voice work? Amazon's Whispersync for Voice page has a clear diagram showing the basics of how the parts relate and how you use this convenient feature (without relying on the computerized voice we heard with the older eInk Kindles that had audio).
If this is a NEW Android app install If you've never installed the Android app, • go to Amazon's Kindle for Android app page • Select "Download now" • Follow the instructions to download the app to your device • After installing the Kindle reading app, you'll need to register it to your Amazon account.