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Initial post: Nov 18, 2011 9:46:33 AM PST
Is it possible to download Java into the kindle Fire? I cannot use one of my apps because of this.

Posted on Nov 18, 2011 6:18:05 PM PST
I just chatted with cs at amazon they say no in Java, very disappointed!

Posted on Nov 20, 2011 6:25:20 AM PST
[Deleted by the author on Nov 29, 2011 4:44:14 AM PST]

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2011 11:51:17 AM PST
Currently evaluating the Fire. Java capability would be nice. Perhaps Amazon customer service can advise if future firmware update will address this. Jury is out on this unit...the low relative price may trump everything else.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2011 12:19:27 PM PST
King Al says:
2nd generation Kindles don't have wi-fi (they only have 3G.) You will have to download the library books to your computer and transfer them via USB cable.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2011 12:41:44 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 28, 2011 12:45:31 PM PST
Q says:
On my K Fire, the Silk browser's settings, has an option to "enable or disable JavaScript", so it appears that Java comes as part of the Silk browser.

What is it you're wanting the browser to do that it can't do exactly?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2011 12:47:35 PM PST
Q says:
Ben,
Java is already included in the Silk browser. Why would the jury be out on this device for a non-existent problem?

What the CS means is likely that you can't download your own version of Java to put on. But Java is there.

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 12:49:42 PM PST
E. Yasi says:
Carolyn, which app is it you're trying to use?

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 12:59:13 PM PST
John Newton says:
"On my K Fire, the Silk browser's settings, has an option to "enable or disable JavaScript", so it appears that Java comes as part of the Silk browser."

I know it's confusing but Java and JavaScript are two very different things.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2011 12:59:35 PM PST
Thew says:
JavaScript and Java are two different things. Java should not be an abbreviation for JavaScript because it's not quite the same thing. If anyone is bored, you may Google for the history of both to see why their names are very similar but are not the same thing. I hope this helps any confusion.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2011 1:01:50 PM PST
Q says:
Oh, then you're right. I am confused. I thought they were the same or related.

What is it that Java adds that isn't present under Silk?

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 1:04:22 PM PST
Let's hope Carolyn comes back to add to this discussion...after all, she started it!

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 1:09:08 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 28, 2011 1:24:55 PM PST
John Newton says:
"What is it that Java adds that isn't present under Silk?"

This may sound like I'm being funny but it provides an environment to run Java programs in. The browser and Java are completely separate. Java is like its own little machine (it's actually called a virtual machine) running on your computer ready to run Java programs. It can be installed on many different machines (pcs, macs, linux) but I don't know if it's available for Android devices? (I'm not a Java programmer so I don't keep up on it too closely.)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2011 3:02:02 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2011 3:02:55 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 28, 2011 3:04:28 PM PST
Q says:
Yes, I know somewhat about JVM and virtual environments.

But since many browsers now come with Java (or JavaScripts?) incorporated in them, I'm not clear on what app Carolyn wants that needs Java but isn't through the browser.

In fact, I'm not sure anymore what Java as a separate install does for an OS these days. I used to install it on Windows, but now with Win 7, I never even think about it. Whatever is needed under the hood seems to be there. I think it was needed for rendering online pages, but newer browsers seem to have whatever it is they need to do this.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2011 8:54:03 PM PST
MTB fan says:
I'm not Carolyn, but try this:

http://adds.aviationweather.gov/tafs/java/

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2011 9:54:53 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 28, 2011 10:02:38 PM PST
Darren says:
The lack of JAVA is an issue with the all devices running an Android OS (not sure about versions 3.0 or later). I have a Samsung Galaxy Tablet (for which I paid twice as much as the Kindle Fire) and it doesn't have Java either. Both Operating Systems run Android v 2.X (Kindle Fire is 2.2 & my Samsung is 2.3). Both have Javascript, but not Java.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2011 6:23:41 AM PST
MTB fan says:
I'm pretty sure you can install java if you "root" the KF (do a Google search). Not sure about the Galaxy, but probably true there too.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 10:32:13 AM PST
E. Yasi says:
Many applications that run on the Android platform are written in Java, but you should never have to "install" java as a user of an Android device.

If a particular application is asking for Java to be installed then that is a mistake on the developer's part: you should notify them that it is happening and they will need to release a new version of their app that fixes the problem.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 6:38:01 PM PST
Darren says:
MTB fan and E. Yasi,

Thanks for the information!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2011 6:10:41 PM PST
P. Heard says:
Very disappointing that Java can't be used. Please see if future releases can be added.

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 10:09:56 PM PST
A. Tsurukame says:
I'm curious which app the OP is referring, too, that she needs Java installed. On PC and Macs, to run Java-based applications (or Java web applets, not to be confused with JavaScript), you'll need the Java Runtime Environment (JRE)installed.

FYI, Java is the main programming language and framework tool used with the Android OS, a version of which runs on the Kindle. Android can use other languages, but primarily it uses Java language and Java-based libraries. I'm wondering why the app makers for the app she is talking about, just didn't just port their java code to Android.

And, yeah, I never understood why Java and JavaScript shared similar names. Entirely two different things, used mainly for two different purposes (although there is some overlap) and started by two different groups. JavaScript is used for mainly client-side scripting as in displaying or altering information in a web browser or creation of client-side UI (both desktop,web or mobile), and Java is used for full-fledged software and web (and mobile) application development.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2011 8:26:30 PM PST
Sinh V Trinh says:
Javascript is not the same as Java.

Posted on Dec 4, 2011 7:39:36 PM PST
DISBethR says:
I have a friend who would like to be able to play games at Pogo.com. Pogo requires Java. Would she be able to play these games on a Kindle Fire?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2011 3:03:07 PM PST
Karol Lee says:
I cannot play games on Yahoo because I am unable to download Java, hope they fix this.
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