Amazon’s New Fire OS 3.1 Offers “Second Screen” TV Support

by Jacob Kleinman | November 18, 2013

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Amazon’s line of Kindle tablets run a drastically modified, or “forked,” version of Android, giving the online retailer total control over its mobile experience, and today the company rolled out a new version of its Fire OS with a few interesting new features. Fire OS 3.1 includes integration with Goodreads—a social network for book lovers—as well as the ability to wirelessly display content from your Kindle on a nearby TV.

Fire OS 3.1’s new Second Screen feature uses the Wireless Display function built into Android, adding support for playback controls and Amazon’s X-ray view, which shows additional information related to the content you’re reading or watching. Second Screen is somewhat limited however, and only works on some Samsung TVs and the PlayStation 3—with PS4 support coming later this year.

The software update also adds deeper integration for Goodreads. The social network is now accessible directly from the Kindle reader app, allowing you to easily share quotes online or rate and review a book. Other updates include improved productivity and enterprise features, as well as dozens of smaller changes and the promise of better performance and battery life.

Fire OS 3.1 is available now through Amazon’s website, and will launch as an over-the-air update in the next few weeks.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...