Amazon Releases 6.2.1 Update for Kindle Fire Tablet, Removes Root Access

Amazon has released a new update for its budget Android tablet, the Kindle Fire, bringing the software running on the device to 6.2.1 - and quietly removing root privileges into the bargain.

For most users, the update brings nothing but good news: performance is improved, with in-app and in-browser scrolling tweaked for a smoother experience, the Wi-Fi connection can be password protected for devices used by children, and it's now possible to remove books, apps and other content from the recently used items section of the home screen.

For those who have rooted their devices - a process analogous to 'jailbreaking' an Apple iPhone or iPad - the news isn't so good: installing the update, which will roll out automatically to Kindle Fire owners over the next few weeks, will remove root access from such devices.

It's not surprising to see Amazon hitting back at the rooters: the company sells the device at a cut-down price in the hopes of making money back through content sales on its Amazon App Store and eBook market. Rooted devices can access the generic Android Market, meaning Amazon potentially loses a chunk of its market - something it's keen to avoid.

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