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Initial post: Jun 19, 2012 8:13:27 AM PDT
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runs on Kindle Fire? How can you tell whether or not an iPhone/iPad app will run on Kindle?



Posted on Jun 19, 2012 8:14:16 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 19, 2012 8:15:39 AM PDT
no. different systems. NO iphone apps will run on the kindle fire. is there an android version?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2012 8:49:39 AM PDT
No, no Android. Real shame... it would be great to save a couple hundred bucks!

Thanks... BTW, you sure _no_ iPad apps run on it? Sure seems like the ad for the Kindle fire lead you to believe they do!


In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2012 8:57:01 AM PDT
King Al says:
It is impossible for an iPad app to run on the Fire. Which ad are you talking about? I've never seen one that even gives you a hint that you can run an iPad app on the Fire.

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 9:09:41 AM PDT
Mary says:
Never saw and add that would lead me to believe I could use ipad apps on here. I can side load andoid apps on here. Mary

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 9:16:33 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 19, 2012 9:16:54 AM PDT
A. Dietz says:
There are some app developers who have made versions of the same app for iDevices and Android devices, but no iPad, iPhone, or iPad app can run on an android device like the Kindle Fire. They use totally different operating systems. It would be like trying to run Mac software on a Windows PC.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2012 9:25:48 AM PDT
From the Fire product page:

Thousands of popular apps and games, including Netflix, HBO GO, Hulu Plus, Pandora, and more

Your Favorite Apps and Games

Thousands of the most popular apps, including Netflix, HBO GO, Hulu Plus, Pandora, ESPN ScoreCenter, Comics by comiXology and more, plus you'll get a great paid app for free every day. Enjoy the best games, including Words with Friends, Angry Birds, and Plants vs. Zombies, from top developers like Zynga, EA, Gameloft, PopCap, and Rovio. All apps are Amazon-tested on Kindle Fire for the best experience possible.

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 10:05:35 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 19, 2012 10:15:55 AM PDT
By and large an app has to be written or rewritten to run on a specific operating system such as IOS (Apple), Android (kindle) or Windows etc. Sometimes the app has to be written or rewritten for a specific version of an operating system either to take advantage or new features in the operating system or because some feature the app used was dropped between versions.

In addition there may be multiple versions of a given operating system so an app that runs on one may either not run on a different version or run less well.

Finally if the app makes use of specific hardware features it may need to be written or adapted not only for the software environment of a platform but for specific hardware.

This is why you sometimes get annoying differences in the way an application works or the features it offers on one platform as opposed to another. Which is something users hate and application developers go to a great deal of pain to minimize but can be unavoidable.

So as you can see it is a considerable effort and expense for application developers to support new platforms. This is why they tend to pick a limited number of platforms and to pick them by the ones that offer the most users. It turns out to be easier to support IOS because Apple controls both IOS and the hardware so strictly that there are limited versions and variations. On the other hand Apple has a lot of hoops for app developers to jump through in order to get their app into the Apple Eco-system. This leads to a certain amount of pain for the developers but fairly good experience for the user in terms of knowing the app will probably offer a reasonable experience and not trash your phone.

Andoid platforms are much more wide open and it is easier to get your app into the market place but since there is not the same degree of central control it means that there are more versions of the software that have to be supported and a given app will be better on some platforms and versions than others.

Kindle is an Android platform but Amazon is attempting to protect everyday users who may not be highly technical by providing a walled garden of preselected, presecreened apps whose quality they can be sure of. Highly technical users know how to get around that and are aware of the tradeoffs their are making.

So this is why you can't run an IPad or Ipahone (IOS) app on your Kindle Fire (Android) and its also why I keep saying when people bring up tablets that the Eco-system is really more important than the hardware because convincing a major application developer to support yet another hardware/software platform is no easy task. It is an expensive and long term commitment on their part.

Before anyone jumps in and says what about application layers that sit on top of the operating system and hardware and offer a write once run anywhere experience, I am trying to keep things simple and focus on tablets and phones and ereaders

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2012 11:56:30 AM PDT
Ive never seen an ad suggesting that iPad apps would run on any Kindle.

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 11:59:50 AM PDT
Maybe the OP is referring to any ad that shows people playing Angry Birds?

I could see this being an argument if someone was running the Apple Store app in a KFire ad...

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 12:30:38 PM PDT
Mary says:
Oh never thought of that. My 5yr old Godson loves playing angry birds on my KF and he is better at it than me. Mary

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2012 12:35:55 PM PDT
Actually, it's my bad. The ad compares the 'ecosystems' of the iPad vs the Kindle...

It really sucks if you ask me that Apple is so 'proprietary', but what they say is in fact true..

"Buy Cheap, Get Cheap"

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 12:41:38 PM PDT
Mary says:
You can't compare and Ipad to a kindle though like that. The kindle fire is a different class of electronics. I get to go play with a nextbook tablet tomorrow to get it hooked into the persons wifi and show them how to use it so can't wait to see what it's like. After looking at it on the web I think it's a nice one and I am probably going to want one if I was in the market for a tablet but sadly with the laptop and the fire it makes no sense to get a tablet other than for fun. Mary

Posted on Mar 30, 2014 4:57:07 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 30, 2014 4:59:25 PM PDT
SUZY-Q says:
OKAY..... I surrender and now I'll go over to my iphone & try my hand out' again! However, I did aquire an Expanded Education regarding the "FREE" App. that I've been having such an ADICTIVE Fun time playing!! I'm POSITIVE this game is right behind the Candy Crush game that's just gone Viral & landed on the Stock Market this week. *Please correct me if I am mistaken. But, Gamers this game just hit one "OUT of THE PARK!!"
/s/ SUZY-Q

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 30, 2014 5:03:18 PM PDT
**Meya** says:
Whatcha talkin' bout Suzy?
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