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Mini Kobo Mini mandatory update
#1  RobertJSawyer 01-29-2019, 03:01 AM
Email from Rakuten Kobo just now:

We have important news for you regarding your Kobo Mini eReader.

Your Kobo Mini eReader requires a mandatory software update by February 28, 2019. To stay aligned with global internet security standards, we are releasing a mandatory software update for all Kobo eReaders. Without this update, your Kobo Mini eReader will no longer be able to exit the setup process after a factory reset is performed.

Rest assured that no items in your Kobo library will be affected; you will continue to have access to all reading material you have purchased or downloaded from Rakuten Kobo.

How to update your Kobo Mini's software
Follow the prompts on your Kobo Mini to install the update before February 28. If you are unable to do this before February 28, you will need to install the update manually using the Kobo Desktop Application for Windows or OSX.
  1. Connect your eReader to your computer using a Micro USB cable and tap Connect.
  2. Open Kobo Desktop on your computer.
  3. If you're not already signed in to your Kobo account, click the Profile icon at the top of your screen and sign in.
  4. Click the Sync icon.
  5. Your eReader will sync and update with the latest software.
  6. Click the Eject button at the top of the screen to disconnect your eReader from your computer.

Read with Kobo with the free Kobo App
You can download the free Kobo App available for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, and read with Kobo on a device you already own.

If you have any questions or concerns about this message, please contact Kobo Customer Care.
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#2  codychan 01-29-2019, 03:14 AM
“we are releasing a mandatory software update for all Kobo eReaders.”

Does it mean that other models like Kobo Forma and Kobo Aura One are included?

That is one month in the future, don't know why this email was sent to customers so early, now this is a thing in my head and I have to wait for it for a month.
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#3  mathil 01-29-2019, 04:33 AM
I also own a Kobo Mini, and received the same email... I have three Kobo ereaders registered to my account currently, not sure why I only received it for the Mini though? It is the only one not updated to the latest firmware, though (4.12.12111).
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#4  davidfor 01-29-2019, 05:11 AM
Quote mathil
I also own a Kobo Mini, and received the same email... I have three Kobo ereaders registered to my account currently, not sure why I only received it for the Mini though? It is the only one not updated to the latest firmware, though (4.12.12111).
It is probably because there hasn't been an official release for the Mini for over four years. There is a fair chance that whatever security patches are needed are already in the released firmware for the other devices.
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#5  marianico 01-29-2019, 05:48 AM
Does anyone know what firmware version installs this mandatory update?

I have installed firmware 4.12.12111 and it works without problems in the Mini.
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#6  davidfor 01-29-2019, 06:28 AM
Quote marianico
Does anyone know what firmware version installs this mandatory update?

I have installed firmware 4.12.12111 and it works without problems in the Mini.
The above email is all that we know. Anything else is speculation.

And having said that...

My guess would be we will see 4.13.something soon. It could just be for the Mini, but, I don't think so. Alternatively, Kobo might make another release a 4.12.x release just for the Mini.

Until it starts turning up we won't know for sure.
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#7  Tiago Leite 01-29-2019, 06:50 AM
Hello and good morning everyone!

I just received the email to update my Kobo Mini but after downloading the update (just select Sync in my Kobo) it only displays a OK message.

I click on the button and nothing happens... :/
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#8  davidfor 01-29-2019, 06:59 AM
Quote Tiago Leite
Hello and good morning everyone!

I just received the email to update my Kobo Mini but after downloading the update (just select Sync in my Kobo) it only displays a OK message.

I click on the button and nothing happens... :/
What firmware were you on?

And I should have thought to run a firmware check earlier. It looks like they have released 3.19.5761 to the Mini for all affiliates. It has been a few weeks since I checked, but, it was 3.19.5761 for Rakuten and something like 3.4.1 for everything else. That might be the planned final release, or they might be doing the update in two steps.
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#9  Tiago Leite 01-29-2019, 07:06 AM
Quote davidfor
What firmware were you on?

And I should have thought to run a firmware check earlier. It looks like they have released 3.19.5761 to the Mini for all affiliates. It has been a few weeks since I checked, but, it was 3.19.5761 for Rakuten and something like 3.4.1 for everything else. That might be the planned final release, or they might be doing the update in two steps.
Right now I cannot confirm because I don't have the device next to me, but I think the firmware number is 3.19.5761 (from fnac affiliate).
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#10  Dr. Drib 01-29-2019, 08:26 AM
This is important information and apparently will effect ALL Kobo readers. I received this email, as well, by the way.

Someone might wish to move this into NEWS. (Or not.)
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