The Kobo Aura One and Kobo Edition 2 are two very solid e-readers, but thousands of users have reported that their battery life is very lackluster. Kobo claimed that you can get about a month of casual e-book reading done on these two devices, but in reality the battery was completely drained within a few days. It looks like this issue has been solved with the advent of the new 4.1.7729 firmware update.
Kobo is pushing out the new software out today via WIFI for the North American market, with other counties slatted to receive it in the next few days. If you simply cannot wait, you can download the update manually from HERE.
- Sync issues causing high battery drainage seem to be fixed.
- OverDrive eBooks can now be returned on the Aura One.
- Turning off the auto-sync now works.
- Finished books are recorded.
- Cleanup of some menus where options didn’t work (e.g. Remove annotations option when book type didn’t support annotations).
- Added “View details” to in-book menu.
- Fixed some problems with connecting to hidden SSIDs.
- New book filter “Downloaded”. Selecting this shows all books that are on the device whether they were purchased, from OverDrive or sideloaded.
Michael Kozlowski has written about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. Newspapers and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times have picked up his articles. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.