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Kindle Fire USB Host Support for Keyboards?


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Initial post: Sep 28, 2011, 2:08:42 PM PDT
J. Bonds says:
I've never used this Customer Service section so hopefully this is the right place to post this . .

I'm curious to know if the Kindle Fire has USB Host support so that I can plug in a keyboard to take notes with?

Posted on Sep 28, 2011, 5:38:51 PM PDT
I have the exact same question. I'd love to use my Kindle Fire to take notes in class.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011, 6:04:35 PM PDT
Melinda says:
Yes, I am very eager to know about this. I would like to turn this thing into a tiny, slim word processor. No one flame me, please--I KNOW, it's a tablet/e-reader, not a laptop, you don't need to remind me that what I want to do with it isn't necessarily one of the things it was primarily designed for. I don't need a state-of-the-art word processor, I just need something functional and very small and light. I don't mind the small screen, I don't mind a USB keyboard being very small. I hope someone will be able to answer this question soon.

Posted on Sep 29, 2011, 2:57:30 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 29, 2011, 3:00:29 AM PDT
J. Bonds says:
I sent this question to Amazon and hopefully this person that responded is right:

Amazon.com Customer Service cust.service03@amazon.com to me
show details 2:59 AM (1 hour ago)

Hello,

I understand you want to know about the kindle new kindle fire device.

Kindle Fire is a convenient, portable tablet with the ability to wirelessly download full color versions of books, newspapers, magazines and blogs. Kindle Fire also allows you to wirelessly stream and play videos, apps and MP3's stored on your Amazon.com account or Amazon Cloud Drive. Web-browsing with our Amazon Silk browser and with our built-in e-mail app allow you to instantly access information.

We want Kindle Fire to be completely mobile and simple to use for everyone, so we made it wireless. Kindle Fire connects wirelessly using Wi-Fi connectivity.

I've also checked the details and I can confirm that kindle fire has a USB host support so that it can plug in an external keyboard.

Learn about which Kindle is right for you:

https://www.amazon.com/kindleinfo

Thanks for your interest in Kindle.

Thank you for your recent inquiry. Did I solve your problem?

(Deleted Survey Info)

Arun. N.

Amazon.com
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To manage your Kindle and content online, visit:
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Posted on Sep 29, 2011, 6:05:50 AM PDT
Melinda says:
This is great, and makes sense to me since other similer tablets can do this. Now we just have to figure out which keyboard case is the best one...anybody have any experience or opinions on this?

Posted on Sep 30, 2011, 9:24:07 AM PDT
Sharon says:
I got the opposite answer then the previous poster. Here is what amazon customer service sent me:

Hello,

Thank you for showing interest in buying the Kindle Fire.

I'm really sorry but we do not have an option to plug in any external keyboard, flash drive or a Bluetooth transmitter at the moment. I understand it can be quite upsetting for you to know this but we have certain limitations.

I'll surely pass on the comments to our Kindle team and we'll definitely work on improving the features of our devices.

Padma M

Amazon.com

---- Original message: ----
09/29/11 17:11:48
Your Name:
Comments:Hi,

I was wondering will the Kindle Fire have USB host support? That is will you be able to use an adaptor to plug in an external keyboard? or a Flash drive? or a bluetooth transmitter?

Thank you for your help with these questions. I would love to preorder a kindle fire but I just want to make sure it is the device for me.

Posted on Sep 30, 2011, 9:27:24 AM PDT
J. Bonds says:
Yeah - that's what I'm afraid of. I just know how it is to get the correct answer sometimes from companies regarding things like this. I tend to believe that most likely they won't have support for it and thus I ordered an Asus Transformer, but I hope that they do. I wish others would email them and say that we're getting conflicting answers from Amazon and would really like to know the correct one.

Posted on Sep 30, 2011, 3:47:44 PM PDT
Melinda says:
I've emailed Kindle Customer Service and quoted from both these replies, and asked for clarification. I'll post whatever response I get.

Posted on Sep 30, 2011, 4:43:06 PM PDT
Dr. Velocity says:
LOL! Right, Padma and Arun (how about we ask Vladimir Putin too?) answer the same question with opposing responses. Come on Amazon!! ALL of this should be sorted out BEFORE you intro a new product like this. These questions are totally predictable. Don't take your cues from the federal government.

Posted on Sep 30, 2011, 5:30:55 PM PDT
Melinda says:
I just got a response to my email, as referenced two messages above. It said this:

* * * * *
Hello,

I'm sorry I am not able to provide more information about Kindle Fire. More details regarding features and specifications will be available prior to its release date. Please refer to the Kindle product detail pages below for more information:

https://www.amazon.com/kindlefire

Additionally, you can compare all new and recent Kindle models at :

https://www.amazon.com/kindleinfo

Thanks for your interest in Kindle.
* * * * *

Um. This is an underwhelming response. You mean to say they don't actually know whether it will have a USB port or not? Come on. Also, is it possible they didn't realize that customers would want to know about this before ordering (though I've already ordered one)? So I guess I'll keep waiting and watching.

Posted on Sep 30, 2011, 7:02:08 PM PDT
SteveD says:
It definitely has a USB 2.0 connector. It says "USB 2.0 (micro-B connector)" in the specs. They may not have any physical keyboard plans but one might be possible.

Posted on Oct 1, 2011, 12:54:45 AM PDT
True that, it has a USB 2.0 micro-B. But that doesn't mean it'll be able to receive a keyboard, it might just be the USB to interface with your computer, specially since it is a micro-B :/

Posted on Oct 1, 2011, 7:33:25 AM PDT
Melinda says:
I found a knowledgeable-sounding answer in this thread:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-forum/kindle/ref=cm_cd_search_res_ti?ie=UTF8&cdForum=Fx1D7SY3BVSESG&cdMsgNo=4&cdPage=1&cdSort=oldest&cdThread=Tx1O3NKY7NV0U7R&cdMsgID=Mx2IS76WLRCWIAZ#Mx2IS76WLRCWIAZ

And here's the relevant post:

William Furr says:
Since it only has a micro USB port, I highly doubt that you can hook up a keyboard to it. According to Google's documentation, USB host mode (aka accessory mode in the Open Accessory Library) is not supported in Android 2.3.4 (the version on the Fire), only on Android 3.1+ (e.g. - Samsung, Acer, Asus, etc. Android tablets with Honeycomb).

So this isn't the answer I wanted, but I'm afraid it might be correct. I'm going to keep researching other 7" tablets, I guess, but will keep my Fire pre-order for now.

Posted on Oct 1, 2011, 9:09:20 AM PDT
DarkTech says:
Just cause it's android 2.3.4 there are tablets out there like the Skytex skypad. it only has 2.2 and has usb support with a micro usb port. And if amazon doesn't add it in I'm sure the group of independent developers out there will happily help with this feature.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2011, 10:24:13 AM PDT
wifi is useless in my home. nor are there any spots within miles of me. i'm talking50 to 100 miles. 3g is my only option that's wireless. and i have to drive about 6 miles to acces it. please tell me that is someway that i can hook this up to my computer... i know it says micro sd but will i be able to connect it (hardwire) it to my pc using this micro sd thingy. why can't anyone just put in a wired option to connect the two. (the pc and the ereader,tablet)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2011, 10:30:06 AM PDT
what is a micro-b connector. how do u use it? i want to hook my kindle up to my pc. i have no wireless access. have tried it in my home, three different routers, have to drive about 70 miles to hit wifi spot. have to drive about 6 miles for 3g. very, very rural area. HELP

Posted on Oct 3, 2011, 6:41:11 PM PDT
Sloppyshotz says:
Most small devices like cameras have a micro b connector on one side (which connects to the device) and a regular USB connector on the other. This makes it possible to download from your computer which is nice.

Posted on Oct 3, 2011, 9:21:57 PM PDT
If you already have a traditional Kindle, you've seen a micro connection. It's like the one where you plug in the cable to charge those Kindles or connect them to your computer. I think that's the kind of connection the Fire will have. I don't know of any keyboards or whatnot that connect through that kind of a connection, but that doesn't mean some kind of solution isn't out there.

Posted on Oct 4, 2011, 6:02:30 AM PDT
rbgiantfan says:
Slightly off-topic - do we know if we can attach a flash drive to the USB? The Fire will have only 8GB of storage plus cloud storage for all Amazon content. That's great but what if you have a lot of non-Amazon content?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 4, 2011, 4:14:23 PM PDT
Snoozy says:
No.

Posted on Oct 4, 2011, 4:17:49 PM PDT
rbgiantfan: From what I've seen, the USB connection is a MICRO connection, like to a lot of cell phones, gps units, and cameras. If you have an e-ink Kindle, it's like the little connector you use to charge it with. If you have a flash drive that will connect to one of those, or some kind of adapter which I've never seen, you can at least give it a try. The real answer though is that none of us have held one in our hands yet, so...we don't know.

Posted on Oct 6, 2011, 10:36:02 AM PDT
Brandon Ryan says:
Just FYI, The size of the port has nothing to do with whether or not a peripheral can be attached to the fire. Adapters take care of that. The real question is does the fire support host mode. To know what this means, you have to understand how usb works. A device (such as a computer, kindle fire, usb keyboard, bluetooth transmitter, flash drive, etc) either works as a host (Server) or guest (client). You can only plug a guest into a host. You cannot plug a guest into a guest (even if you use adapters). Kindles traditionally work as guests, meaning they have to plug up to a host (computer). Plugging in a keyboard or flash drive into a fire would require the fire to work in "host mode" so it can connect to the guests (keyboard, flash drive).

Posted on Oct 7, 2011, 6:54:53 AM PDT
MRW says:
Brenda: Yes it will connect to your computer and allow you to put books, etc. on it from your computer. Brandon: As you know, you are correct; the software must be programmed to accept a device. Typically the Kindle Micro-USB port only works to transfer items to and from the computer to the Kindle, just as Brenda wants it to work.

You can have an infinite number of ports on any given electronic and unless the software is programmed to allow connection of various devices (known as a device drivers) the ports are useless. In the case of the Kindle it is programmed to "talk to" (communicate with) your computer. That's it, that's what it does until the software inside the Kindle is told different.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2011, 9:31:51 AM PDT
Mama24Kiddos says:
M. Walker,

I actually came accross a post on the forum that pointed out the ability to have a Keyboard or flash drive for the Fire is actually a hardware issue because of the type of MicroUSB port the Fire has.

When you plug a USB device ( like a keyboard, usb drive, or the Fire) into a computer the computer provides power for that device. Devices like Keayboards and usb drives have to have this kind of power work. Apearntly the Fire's usb port is a type B ( I'm pretty sure I saw this in the specs on Amazon's website). This means that it can only recive power it can't provide power to another device. So any device that the software could be modified to act as host for would have to have it's own power souce. This would make a keyboard or usb drive very unlikely. With some clever work it make be possible to make a phone ( which ironically probably has high storage capcity) act as a usb drive with only a software change.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 17, 2011, 2:59:35 PM PDT
David says:
Brenda, I also live in the country and use a Verizon wireless Hotspot (Samsung 4G/LTE) that is as fast as any broadband system I've tried. If you don't get 4G/LTE where you are, it will default back to 3G.

This wireless solution allows me to connect my kindle 3G/WiFi, Fire (soon) and laptop to broadband where ever I happen to be. It's a small almost credit card size device that has incredible capability.
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