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Kindle Touch Update Brings New Languages for European Launch, Landscape Mode & More

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In preparation for its launch in several European countries on April 27, the Kindle Touch has just received a software update that adds new languages and a number of nifty new features.

The 5.1.0 update, which is available for both the Wi-Fi and 3G models, allows you to change the Kindle Touch’s interface from English to German, French, Spanish, Italian, or Brazilian Portuguese. It also brings landscape reading mode for books, PDFs, maps, graphs, tables, and more.

Bing Translator has been introduced, giving you the ability to instantly translate words into other languages, including Spanish, Japanese, and more. And Amazon has also made formatting and layout improvements that promise to “make Kindle books look even better.”

When your eyes become tired but you just can’t sleep before reaching the end of the chapter, you can use the new “Read-to-Me” feature to have English-language content read out loud. Not only is this available to books, but also to newspapers and magazines when supported by the publisher.

Wi-Fi enhancements mean you can now connect your Kindle Touch to wireless networks using WPS and WPA2 Enterprise encryption, and new social sharing options allow you to tell your friends what you’re reading through Facebook and Twitter.

Finally, the onscreen keyboard now gives you automatic word suggestions as you type, letting you “search and shop faster.”

That’s a good selection of features for one update, wouldn’t you say? Are you looking forward to the Kindle Touch’s European debut?

[via Amazon]

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