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TED

by TED Conferences
Rated: All Ages
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (720 customer reviews)

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Latest Updates

What's new in version 2.3.6
  • + bug fixes and speed improvements

Product Details

  • ASIN: B007FTZDN8
  • Release Date: March 1, 2012
  • Rated: All Ages This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (720 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #943 Free in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Free in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • Get new releases and the most popular talks
  • Search or browse the entire archive of talks by themes, tags, or ratings (with off-line support)
  • Download talks onto your device to watch while off-line
  • Bookmark and share favorite talks
  • Listen to audio playlist of the day

Product Description

TED's official Android app presents talks from some of the world's most fascinating people: education radicals, tech geniuses, medical mavericks, business gurus, and music legends. Find more than 1700 TEDTalk videos and audios (with more added each week) on the official TED app -- now for tablets and smartphones. This app is made possible with the generous support of Sony.

Technical Details

Size: 7.6MB
Version: 2.3.6
Developed By: TED Conferences ( Privacy Policy Click to see complete result in a new window )
Application Permissions: ( Help me understand what permissions mean )
  • Read from external storage
  • Open network sockets
  • Write to external storage
  • Access information about Wi-Fi networks
  • Access information about networks
  • PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming
  • Allows an application to receive messages via Google Cloud Messaging
Minimum Operating System: Android 4.0
Approximate Download Time: Less than 1 minute

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116 of 125 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Works well on Kindle Fire March 17, 2012
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I'm very happy to have this app, especially with the option to download TED talks in high quality video for viewing when WiFi is not available. The quality of the streaming video in this app is also much better than watching it from the website through a browser. I haven't had any problems with the app on my Kindle Fire so far. The only downside is that the number of TED videos available for viewing is limited. For reference, the downloaded files are saved under Android/data/com.ted.android/files.
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60 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent app for the Fire (original model) November 5, 2012
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This is a must-have app if you're a fan of TED talks. The video and audio are very clear and stream smoothly in HD. What I like the best is that the talks are organized and cross-referenced by topic and genre - I've been able to find several TED talks I've not seen before. Plus, when a talk is finished, it allows you to hit a button and be presented with a list of similar talks.

You can download talks to the Fire in either low or high res. That's a great feature for times when I won't have wifi access. The downloaded videos are available in the My Talks tab in the app. You can easily delete them (press and hold the video title and a menu comes up) if things get too cluttered. You can also bookmark talks for streaming later, with the bookmarks also appearing in the My Talks tab.

Other options include being able to listen to the talk using audio only, and show subtitles. The subtitles are very nicely done with clear typography.

I find the video quality, load speed and flexibility in selecting talks to be far better using this app than watching them through Netflix, and a bit better than using the TED website. Highly recommend!
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stimulating...Inspiring! January 28, 2013
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If you are sickened by the average media reports of how ugly the human race has become, try the flip side. This is the best of humanity working together to make the world a better place. Join in and feel the awesomeness !
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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This version of the TED app in question will only even OPEN on my 2012 Kindle Fire HD 7" approximately 20% of the time, and even when it does, there are issues with video playback, menu navigation, and other core features.

I checked everything I could think of that might be wrong... except one possible problem (one that plagues DOZENS, if not 100's or 1000's of apps on the Amazon Appstore).

The application version available here, at time of writing, is 1.1.4. Looking to Google's Play Store, the latest version available from TED is 2.2.3! Who knows how many bugfixes, performance improvements, and other overhauls have been made to the app in that version gap?

In all honesty, Amazon, I understand wanting to make your own fork of Android, and to curate your own appstore... it's an incredibly intelligent business decision.

But if your app offerings are so outdated (another culprit is ESPN SportsCenter; Amazon has v2.1.3, a version so far behind the Google Play offering, v4.0.3, that Amazon's app is still listed by the old name, ESPN ScoreCenter), bypassing your store and "sideloading" apps doesn't seem like just a smart decision from an average user's standpoint, but the more SECURE decision to make.

For all you experienced reviewers out there, go ahead and validate my claims. Compare versions of apps between Amazon's appstore and Google's. While they're good about some of them (Pandora comes to mind; both offerings are at v5.1.1), others are egregiously far behind, posing major potential security risks to anyone who downloads that app.

This is an issue requiring IMMEDIATE review, Amazon. Get on it.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Constantly force closes. March 6, 2012
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This app does not work with my Kindle Fire. It constantly force closes upon opening. I was looking forward to this app, but ended up terribly disappointed.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars wouldn't even open March 12, 2012
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I downloaded this app for my Kindle fire but was never able to open it. every time I tried a dilogue box told me the app had unexpectedly stopped running and I had to force close.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for my Kindle Fire September 12, 2012
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Did not work well on the Fire. It froze numerous times while playing a video. The content on Ted is great.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars love TED talk, but it freezes May 10, 2013
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I love TED talk, but in my kindle fire HD every time I play a talk it freezes it. That's why I gave it 4 stars.
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Hi all, the official TED app is now available on the Fire TV and Fire TV stick.
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