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Amazon Fire tablets get update with “Blue Shade,” “Activity Center” features

Amazon on Wednesday announced a new software update that provides fresh Fire OS 5 “Bellini” features, including a new “Blue Shade” reading function, an “Activity Center” and more.

“Blue Shade” is a feature that suppresses the blue light wavelengths coming out of the tablet, making the display easier on the eyes for reading. It’s a feature we’ve seen added to other devices in the past, and it really does work, particularly if you’re worried about eye strain or the bright light disrupting your sleep.

“It also offers warm color filters and the ability to lower the display brightness to an ultra-low level for comfortable nighttime reading—even in a dark room,” Amazon said. “The feature can be easily turned on or off with a single tap on the Blue Shade quick setting.”

There are also new parental controls. Activity Center will provide parents with a synopsis of how much time their children have spent doing various activities on a Fire tablet – like reading, surfing the web or playing games. Additionally, there’s a new “kid friendly” browser with 40,000 pre-approved sites and YouTube videos.

The update will roll out today and continue over the next several weeks, Amazon said. It’s available for the Fire HD 10, Fire HD 8 and Fire tablets.


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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...


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