Amazon’s Fire Phone has largely been considered a failure. In fact, while it was originally priced at $199.99 with a new two-year contract, it’s now available completely unlocked for the same price and without any contract to speak of. Considering it still comes with a free year of Amazon Prime, it’s probably not the worst $100 backup phone, at least if you want to check out what it has to offer. And as of now, there’s more on the plate.
Amazon recently started to roll out Fire OS 3.6.5 for the AT&T model and Fire OS 3.65 for the unlocked GSM option. Both include several new features, including support for translating text to and from English, French, German, Italian and Spanish, and an enhanced ability to use the phone’s Firefly feature to detect more than 2,000 famous paintings. Additionally, Amazon added a Best Shot feature to the camera, enabled an option that allows you turn enable/disable SMS/MMS, choose between 49 keyboard languages, block numbers, add custom ringtones, support for virtual private network (VPN) access, and view more notifications on the lock screen.
The update also includes a new feature that allow you to read Kindle books in a continuous scrolling fashion, improved battery life, support for calendar sync, bug fixes and more. If you own a Fire Phone, this sounds like an update you’ll want to apply ASAP.