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Initial post: Sep 28, 2011 10:01:05 AM PDT
Adesh S. says:
what operating system will Kindle fire be using? I did not read it any where? Can we use android apps or will there same apps developed for kindle fire?

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 10:18:36 AM PDT
John Newton says:
It's Amazon modified Android. Looks like at minimum you can use the Amazon app store. So yes it does seem to run Android apps.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 10:24:30 AM PDT
Thornessa says:
I've seen some sites say it's a heavily skinned version of Android 2.1

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 10:25:45 AM PDT
L. Boyle says:
Has anyone noticed if you can use android apps from elsewhere though?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 10:27:42 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 28, 2011 10:28:57 AM PDT
John Newton says:
I can only guess without anyone having tried it but my guess would be out of the box they will try to limit you to the Amazon app store. I would also guess that very quickly people will figure out how to get around that issue.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 11:12:54 AM PDT
Surveyah says:
Exactly John - The Fire is designed to run any app in the Amazon Appstore. There is no access to google marketplace, and it will probably be a crap shoot if you sideload any apk files to and try to install them. I am betting that someone will figure out how to root it, and replace the OS or update it, but to what point? Its a Amazon Tablet designed to access Amazon services (as well as other apps from their appstore).

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 3:01:05 PM PDT
Reading your postings I take it I will NOT be able to download android apps that are free. For example, I might want to download the free apps, Chase, TD Ameritrade, Bloomberg, Vanguard, Weather Channel, WTOC Radar and much much more. IS this NOT going to be possible? If so then why would anyone want to buy this thing?

Posted on Oct 6, 2011 9:37:59 PM PDT
This couldn't be a substitute for iPad and Android tables.

Posted on Oct 6, 2011 10:53:26 PM PDT
YepIt'sBecky says:
I've seen some sites also claim it Android 2.3 also.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2011 11:04:45 PM PDT
HN says:
Anyone that wants to put their app on the Amazon app store can.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2011 11:12:31 PM PDT
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Posted on Oct 7, 2011 6:28:53 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 7, 2011 6:29:36 AM PDT
Surveyah says:
At this point, no one knows for sure which apps will work and which apps will not work. We don't know to what degree Amazon has customized the version of Android 2.3 they are using. Common sense dictates that any app Amazon posts in their app store SHOULD work, but there will probably be a few instances where you will find this not to be the case.

Also, you will not be able to access the Google Marketplace for apps. If you currently have a favorite app you are using, and its not on the Amazon AppStore, then you will need to search for the APK file for that particular app, and sideload it and install it into your Fire. Again, there is no guarantee it will work, only trial and error will prove that.

Posted on Oct 7, 2011 6:45:20 AM PDT
Before you make any decisons about apps, you might want to look at the Amazon app store. I have found everything there that I have already gotten from the Android store, so yes, it seems like Amazon has you covered.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2011 8:02:45 AM PDT
I am not sure about that one, Jayne. I do not see free apps like, Chase, TD Ameritrade, Bloomberg, Vanguard, Weather Channel, WTOC Radar and much much more. These are all free apps you can get in the Android market, but not on Amazon's apps store. It seem like Amazon only wants apps that cost money so they can make money. These apps and other like them I think a lot of people out there would want to be able to install. Everyone wants to look at the bank account balance etc etc... Until I see otherwise I am not sure about this Kindle Fire. Amazon needs to open up a little.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2011 8:05:34 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
The Amazon app store has a lot of free apps.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2011 8:07:37 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
I found Bloomberg in the Amazon App store for free. I didn't find Weather Channel but found Accuweather.

Posted on Oct 7, 2011 8:08:43 AM PDT
Anyone know how to ask Amazon to allow a App like the ones I suggested?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2011 8:10:44 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
I think you need to ask the publisher of the app to put their app in the Amazon store, not the other way around. Did you see some of what you want IS in the App Store?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2011 8:16:10 AM PDT
Yes, but not all. I like MLB Bat 11. You can listen to any baseball game live. I have this on my Android phone. But banking accounts and investments accounts I think are key apps that should be posted. I will contact the publishers.

Posted on Oct 7, 2011 8:18:32 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2011 8:19:57 AM PDT
I just did a search for bloomberg and found it. A lot of them are within the groupings that are listed across the top of the apps page...slide it across. Lots of weather and newspaper apps. Although I did not find The Weather Chanel. I found a game I had played in 1983, not that I am into games at all, but had looked for it on and off for years. Like the old Qbert...they call it Kambert. Works for me.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2011 8:20:46 AM PDT
No. It is like a tablet, iPad or Samsung Galaxy with NO Broadband device for connecting to companies like Sprint or Verizon.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2011 8:22:53 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
No. It connects with wifi ONLY. there is no 3g and therefore no monthly fee.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2011 9:21:08 AM PDT
Ma Petite says:
I was told that it does have 3g is that incorrect. It was a Amazon Kindle support person who told me.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2011 9:32:00 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
You can read on the product page that it has wifi. It does NOT have 3g. Perhaps the support person was confused about which Kindle you were asking about. The FIRE does not have 3g. The other Kindles are available in 3g models.
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