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Initial post: Oct 1, 2011 2:27:11 PM PDT
Kathy S. says:
Where can one go online to see a list of apps that are expected to be available for the Kindle Fire? (I know others will be added; I just want to know which apps are already definite.)

Posted on Oct 1, 2011 2:37:26 PM PDT
Carbonbased says:
I just saw an article on the Encyclopedia Britannica app coming soon to iPad and shortly thereafter to Android. It was a monthly charge, so it would update like the online version. There are times when Wikipedia just won't do.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2011 2:39:22 PM PDT
CLS10 says:
I'm guessing that you can just look at the apps in the amazon app store on the amz site to get a feel of what's available.

Posted on Oct 1, 2011 2:40:33 PM PDT
Kathy, I don't believe that there is any definitive list right now of what apps will actually be available for the Fire. But considering that Amazon built the Fire specifically to take advantage of Android applications, and in light of the fact that Amazon has gone to great lengths to build its own Android Application store online, I suspect that most, if not all applications available through Amazon's Android App store will be available for the Fire. Otherwise, what would the point of the Fire, an Android device, be outside of web browsing and media streaming? :)

Posted on Oct 2, 2011 6:14:29 PM PDT
Kathy S. says:
I found the Android Apps on Amazon (they're in the drop-down search menu at the top of the screen). And I see a few neat things there, including the Encyclopedia Britannica one mentioned above (I also read a great review of that one recently). But now I have another question, because I am ignorant about how apps work. (Sorry--I just never had a device that uses apps before!) So, if you had a Kindle Fire, for example, and had already purchased the Encyclopedia Britannica app, say, or the Merriam-Webster Dictionary app, would they work when you had no access to a Wi-Fi hotspot, or would they only work with Wi-Fi hotspots?

Posted on Oct 2, 2011 6:19:26 PM PDT
SeaLevel274 says:
An app could function without Internet connectivity, but if one of it's functions required a connection, at least that part of the app would be non-functional. I can see how at least part of your two examples could work without a connection.

Posted on Oct 2, 2011 6:22:03 PM PDT
Kathy S. says:
Okay, thanks. I now see on the Enc. Brit. product page that it does say that there is access without Internet connectivity.

Posted on Oct 3, 2011 2:07:56 PM PDT
Ian G says:
Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi
I have pre-ordered a Kindle Fire. I would like to preview the Apps that will be available once it is released. I think this would allow some to make a decision as to whether it will meet their needs.

Posted on Oct 3, 2011 2:23:51 PM PDT
AZMark says:
The Fire, by initial preorder reports, will be the bestselling andriod tablet on the market by it's release date. Any app that is not available, will quickly be converted. I'd not worry too much, unless you're looking for a very specific, or vertical app.

Posted on Oct 9, 2011 7:01:18 AM PDT
10 Apps for the Amazon Kindle Fire

http://www.pcmag.com/slideshow/story/288380/10-apps-for-the-amazon-kindle-fire#fbid=uuJ43SGK-sp

Posted on Oct 10, 2011 1:01:39 PM PDT
wondering about adobe photo express will we be able to put our pictures on kindle fire

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2011 1:23:42 PM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
There will be a photo gallery function, but it wasn't ready in time for the rollout. Photo Express is available in the Amazon app store also.

Posted on Oct 14, 2011 4:29:36 PM PDT
Carbonbased says:
There's now a subcategory in the App store for Kindle Fire Apps:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=mas_lftnav_KFApps?ie=UTF8&docId=1000733201&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=browse&pf_rd_r=0S29YA91254J8M5HE6BN&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1324832102&pf_rd_i=2350149011

So far it seems more display than functional, but since we don't have Fire yet, it won't do us much good to keep stacking wood.

Posted on Oct 15, 2011 3:27:17 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 15, 2011 3:28:20 AM PDT
NG says:
I've been reading pretty close to all these Fire discussions since the Fire was announced. I can remember only FOUR requested apps:

1. An Office Documents app (many, many times)
2. A PDF reader (many times)
3. A dictionary (a few times)
4. Angry birds (in sarcasm I think, since it was announced with the Fire - I know it is very popular.)

What is shown is a dictionary and games. Now I know people like games, but come on Amazon, get with the useful software.

Posted on Oct 15, 2011 3:46:52 AM PDT
Kindlelyn says:
There will probably be some apps pre-loaded on the Fire.

Posted on Oct 15, 2011 5:49:53 AM PDT
Mary McManus says:
Well yes, for one, surely we will have the Kindle app pre-loaded on the Fire.

Posted on Oct 15, 2011 7:53:47 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 16, 2011 3:42:10 AM PDT
M. McCoy says:
Not all apps in the Amazon Appstore for Android are compatible with the Fire. Per Amazons apps developer FAQ:

"For your app to work on Kindle Fire, it needs to be compatible with the device's specifications. At a high level, it must be optimized for non-Google Mobile Services (GMS) Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) and a 7" screen with a resolution of 1024 x 600. Your manifest should specify support for large screens.

Your app cannot require a gyroscope, camera, WAN module, Bluetooth, microphone, GPS, or micro-SD to function. "

So for example, although the Apps for Android store lists a Skype app it obviously will not work with the Fire (no Microphone or camera) nor will any Google Mobile or location based mapping apps (no GPS).

Some Android apps in the store aren't even optimized for tablets (Plants vs Zombies for instance)

Amazon simply has to start identifying what apps are compatible with the Fire beyond basic/generic Android apps & stupid games (i.e. a specific Kindle Fire apps store or noting it in the app description).

It's the apps that make such a device truly useful. Hopefully the Fire will be a big success (e.g. huge 'installed base') and app developers will flock to the Fire.

Posted on Oct 15, 2011 2:06:30 PM PDT
Sailorman says:
M. Mcoy. Well stated. Hope everyone asking reads your post.

Posted on Oct 15, 2011 2:09:48 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 15, 2011 2:34:14 PM PDT
Carbonbased says:
Well that's odd, NG, since you're following it pretty closely, that you didn't read the thread you've posted in. Encyclopedia Britannica isn't a dictionary. Amazon is beginning to sort out the apps in their AppStore that will work on Fire, see my link directly above your post.

Posted on Oct 15, 2011 4:25:55 PM PDT
NG says:
Carbonbased,

The Amazon link you posted has an image of the Fire with Dictionary.com on it. I haven't heard of anyone asking for Encyclopedia Britannica since Wikipedia reached 2 million articles. Thanks for the Apple ad though.

Posted on Oct 15, 2011 11:40:13 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 15, 2011 11:40:32 PM PDT
NG, while your list is pretty accurate (Office Document Apps and PDF Apps are the most requested apps) Carbonbased has a point - there were a ton of reference s to the Encyclopaedia Britannica app on a thread I was reading.

What other apps do you think people would be interested in besides these?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2011 12:49:04 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 16, 2011 1:26:49 AM PDT
Carbonbased says:
It also shows apps for IMDb, notes, Jamie Oliver 20-minute Meals, Pageonce Money & Bills, Mighty Grocery Shopping List and Bloomberg...and no Apple ad.

I'd also like to see a Fire-specific version of The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2011 3:48:00 AM PDT
M. McCoy says:
Thanks sailorman. btw, I too live aboard a Westsail 32

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2011 4:52:05 AM PDT
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