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Initial post: Feb 11, 2013 2:53:30 PM PST
Arvella S. says:
Is the Kindle Fire Hd Android operated? The reason why I ask is I have a Samsung Galaxy cell phone and I want to know if I will be able to get all the same apps on here as google play? I hope someone knows. Thank you

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 11, 2013 3:03:11 PM PST
B. Marks says:
The Fire HD does use Android but it's a modified version. Some apps will work fine on it and others won't. You might look through the Amazon app store and see what they have available. Much, but not all, of what they have available will work on the Fire HD. You won't be able to use Google Play per se unless you root the tablet but you can find ways to get apps and side load them. A lot of them will work.

Barry

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 11, 2013 3:33:09 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 11, 2013 4:05:25 PM PST
Arvella S. says:
How do you root the tablet? Or how do you side load the apps? Ive never heard of this before. Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 11, 2013 4:00:03 PM PST
J. Donahue says:
Arvella, take your email out of your post. You're opening yourself up to getting tons of spam emailed to you.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 11, 2013 4:05:10 PM PST
B. Marks says:
To sideload an app you find it somewhere other than the app store, put it on your tablet, in settings set the switch that allows installing 3rd party apps and then use a file manager such as ES Explorer to install it. A lot of apps that aren't in the Amazon app store will run fine on the Fire HD if you do this. Some apps won't.

This is basically the same process you use on a Windows PC when you buy a program and install it. Android apps are usually installed directly from an app store.

You have to be careful where you get the app. You don't want to bring any viruses into your tablet and it can be done this way. This isn't much of a problem with Android yet but that will change in time and there's a little risk even now.

Rooting is the process of overriding the built in protections in the tablet to install things that can't normally be installed. This isn't necessary to sideload most apps but certain types of apps can't be installed by a normal user. The tablet manufacturer locks us out of certain capabilities that are needed for some apps. Rooting is getting around that.

With the Fire HD there are ways to root it but while it's rooted you can't play Amazon videos. It is possible to root it, install whatever it is you want to install and then un-root it, leaving the app installed. This lets you play videos again and have applications that require root.

Some applications that need root are backup applications and certain types of interface changes. There are others but these are the most common.

For most purposes and for most users there's no need to root the Fire HD, and doing so when you don't know what you're doing can be destructive so I don't recommend it except as a way to learn more about the way tablets work. For normal use it's really smarter to leave it as it is.

Rooting is more popular with phones than with tablets because the carriers impose more limitations than tablet makers do, but it's not that uncommon in tablets either.

Barry

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 11, 2013 4:29:11 PM PST
Arvella S. says:
Barry you have been so helpful and informative. I know about rooting I just didn't know the term it was called. Question do you need an antivirus protection on a tablet? Sprint never clarified that with me nor amazon....

Posted on Feb 11, 2013 4:35:49 PM PST
Hey Barry ... do you have a solution to the problem of not being able to use Yahoo Messenger on the Fire HD? I was so disappointed when I discovered I couldn't use it. Thanks, Sue

Posted on Feb 11, 2013 5:36:00 PM PST
Bill Hansen says:
Arvella S - My very strong recommendation - do not root your Kindle Fire HD. Unless you're a person who loads many dozens of apps onto his devices, you'll be able to get all the capabilities you could possibly want, by "sideloading" apps from the Google Play Store. Starting with the first page of the Kindle users' forum (this forum) look over to the right side of the screen, input something like "Sideloading". Read several threads (I read through several dozen, but I learn slowly) and you will find a few different ways to sideload. Of course if you have a Fire HD which does not have the 4G capability, you won't be able to use things like "Maps", and there are a few of my favorites, like "My Tracks" which won't work with the Fire, even with 4G - but I think you'll be amazed at how much you can do with the Fire HD (in addition to reading books, magazines, newspapers, watching videos, movies, sports channels, and TV shows, surfing the web.....you get the idea.

If, after 2-3 of months, you still feel that you should have bought a Nexus 7 or 10, or a Samsung Galaxy tablet, more power to you. You can then root the Kindle. But I'll bet that you won't feel the need, once you get to know your KFHD.

Posted on Feb 11, 2013 5:39:50 PM PST
I'll ask you too, Bill (or anyone else) ... is there a way to use Yahoo Messenger?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 11, 2013 5:55:54 PM PST
Artist says:
Amazon has great Kindle customer service. Just click on the Help link at the top of the page.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 11, 2013 6:06:43 PM PST
B. Marks says:
I don't use antivirus protection on tablets but I keep my eye on the various tablet forums for discussions of viruses. At present they're a pretty minor problem but I'm sure that will change in time and when it does I want to know about it and start protecting myself.

I don't really feel the need for that protection now. Some people are using it and if it gives you some peace of mind go for it. But I don't think there's much to protect against.

Barry

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 11, 2013 6:07:21 PM PST
B. Marks says:
I don't know much about Yahoo messenger so I'm afraid I can't be much help with that.

Barry

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 11, 2013 6:12:09 PM PST
Arvella S. says:
It is a computer. It is open to internet. So anything can happen.

Posted on Feb 12, 2013 5:46:53 AM PST
Bill Hansen says:
Susan - Sorry, I'm another one who has no experience with Yahoo Messenger. I can't help. Kindle Customer Service may be able to help. Also, if there's a way to contact an actual human being on Yahoo, or if there's a Yahoo Messenger users' group, they may be able to help. You may be able to contact a large community of Yahoo Messenger users by starting here: http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/sametime/v8r0/index.jsp?topic=/com.ibm.help.sametime.gateway.doc/i_rtc_t_connect_yahoo_messenger.html

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