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Initial post: Sep 28, 2011 11:35:57 AM PDT
Dean R says:
I have a question for those in the know. Will the Fire recognize a thumb drive via the USB port?

In the regular eInk Kindle you can connect to a computer via USB and the computer will recognize the Kindle as an external drive so you can load things onto the Kindle via a computer. But I don't think the Kindle itself will recognize a thmb drive and let you download...software not set up to do that.

I wonder if the Kindle Fire will recognize an external device, thumb drive, etc that is plugged into the device.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 1:05:30 PM PDT
People keep talking about the USB port on the Kindle Fire, but the specs say "USB 2.0 (micro-B connector)". Doesn't that mean that the port is actually Micro USB instead of regular USB? If so, then a thumb drive would not plug into it. I hope I am mistaken though.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 1:06:53 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 28, 2011 1:07:06 PM PDT
Jim says:
Could you attach a Magic Jack to make phone calls?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 1:10:16 PM PDT
I presume it will work similarly to current kindles which use the same connector. When you plug your kindle into (for example) a windows pc, your kindle will appear as a USB drive in windows explorer, and all the files on it will be accessible through the windows explorer.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 1:11:32 PM PDT
J. Donahue says:
No

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 1:11:58 PM PDT
J. Donahue says:
You are not mistaken. It is a Micro-B connector.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 1:13:59 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 28, 2011 1:19:39 PM PDT
That is how I read it. Thank you for letting me know I'm not crazy. LOL Based on many comments that I have read about the Kindle Fire and it's having a usb port, I am afraid many people will be disgruntled when they see it has micro usb instead of usb.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 1:25:27 PM PDT
J. Foley says:
I just preordered my Kindle Fire, and purchased a mini USB 5 pin male adaptor at the same time so I could use my regular USB thumb drives on it.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 1:26:54 PM PDT
I was wondering if that would work. Please post on the forum after your Kindle Fire is delivered and let us know if it works. Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 1:32:31 PM PDT
Q says:
I have the same question. It depends on if that forked version of Android will be able to see that port as a path to an input drive.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 2:31:04 PM PDT
B. Hill says:
I doubt the usb port will work as a host. It is possible however. The Nokia n800/n810 have a mini usb port that can work as a host port. I can plug a flash drive into it and it recognizes it. I can also plug a keyboard or mouse in and they also work. Whether the Fire will have this capability is up to the software and hardware developers.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 3:10:06 PM PDT
EPMoto2002 says:
USB host capability would be killer, but I seriously doubt it. Only a few full blown android tables support USB host, so this pseudo-table/e-reader is unlikely to have such a feature.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 4:08:09 PM PDT
P. Miller says:
My Kindle 2 has a micro usb to standard cable that came with it, so I think the same cable would be included with the Kindle Fire.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 4:24:14 PM PDT
factChecker says:
ARE YOU LISTENING AMAZON? Sounds like we all have the same concern regarding its ability to recognize a USB external drive. This inability is what really stopped me from buying an iPad and it will stop me from buying a Fire.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 6:57:55 PM PDT
Mary McManus says:
Amazon's vice pres. says in a Seattle newspaper interview on another thread that you can plug the USB cord into your computer and sideload files onto the Fire, like music and movies. So you would not need the flash drive.

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 7:21:31 AM PDT
Debra Wilson says:
I do not want to connect to my laptop, I want to be able to use thumb drives. Side loading is not a solution for me. i hope the adaptor works.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2011 7:33:44 AM PDT
It means you need to attach to the port a USB dongle that include a full-size port on the other end.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2011 7:34:03 AM PDT
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Posted on Sep 29, 2011 7:42:31 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 29, 2011 7:45:54 AM PDT
I dont think then, after reading the above post, that I will be able connect my Logitec wireless headphone. If "yes" please let me kow.

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 7:50:26 AM PDT
T. E. Maddox says:
I highly doubt that they have the Fire set up to recognize a thumb drive as an external source of content. When you plug it in to the pc it will be picked up, I assume, like the Kindle as an external storage device.

I doubt adding the adaptor to plug in the thumb drive to the micro USB port will make any difference.

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 7:52:14 AM PDT
Bryan Brake says:
The viewsonic Gtab does support USB host (thumbdrive mounting). Of course, I rooted mine, put GtabComb on it (Android 3.0 'Honeycomb').

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 10:27:22 AM PDT
It is unlikely that you will be able to use a thumb drive. The Fire would have to have some software to recognize it, and since this was not mentioned I think not.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2011 10:28:43 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
There are adapters.

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 10:35:44 AM PDT
F. Su says:
it will be nice if it can take usb mic.

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 10:40:47 AM PDT
Frank Tuttle says:
What about a 120 volt plug for household appliances, such as toasters?

I enjoy fresh-made toast while I read and surf the net. Is there an adapter for toasters? Even 4-slot German made toasters with high current draw?
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