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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2011, 12:10:12 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 16, 2011, 12:16:18 PM PDT
Sailorman says:
J. Foley, good luck with the usb adapter. Oh well it will be good for something.

I have an idea. Plug your micro usb adapter and flash drive into your kindle and see how far that gets you.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 17, 2011, 5:38:45 PM PDT
Q says:
Tho the Kindle Keyboard's OS isn't Android. The Kindle Fire's is. It sounds like it is the OS/software present that can make the small micro-USB to be a host port.

I don't think the Fire will offer it either, but if full Android is put on it, perhaps that will make the difference.

We'll just have to wait until it is released and then until folks find a way to root it ... then we may have a definitive answer.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2011, 1:12:01 PM PDT
No, I don't think you can because the Kindle Fire doesn't have a mic. Only speakers.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 1, 2011, 10:49:20 AM PDT
Hanus says:
Yeah for a whopping few gigs of storage...I want a 64GB flash drive for my music, etc. Also want a USB mic to plug in to make free wifi calls via skype. If Amazon put this in, I would buy the Fire. Guess Ill keep using my old fashioned, versatile 1000x more powerful PC until then to do my computing

Posted on Nov 1, 2011, 6:16:09 PM PDT
Noel St John says:
You will not be able to use a thumb drive with the Kindle Fire as it, nor any other Kindle supports USB hosting. The cable that comes with it is usb-mini to regular usb for plugging into a pc. You need a driver for usb hosting and the driver simply is not there on the kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2011, 10:18:39 AM PDT
Actually Android 2.3.4 does not natively support USB host mode. Also, most devices that attach to a USB port require the port to provide power for the device, which the micro-USB port does not do.

Posted on Nov 3, 2011, 4:57:33 PM PDT
Will we be able to dock our iPhones to the kindle Fire as we do with our home Pc or laptop??

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2011, 5:24:57 PM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
Merlys, assuming this question is not a joke...

No. This is not a computer, and Apple does not make a version of iTunes for Android. And there's not enough storage to back up even the smallest iPod Touch. And the fire cannot "see" devices connected to it, it can only "be seen." And, and, and...

But I laughed when I read your question, so thank you for that.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2011, 1:28:11 AM PST
LYON A LI says:
You don't need the 120 V plug for toasters, because there is an app to make toasters right on the display surface. Of course that will use a lot of battery power.

Posted on Nov 7, 2011, 9:32:54 AM PST
Marino says:
Will the Fire have a USB port to access 4g/wireless internet connection?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2011, 10:35:25 AM PST
The Fire has a Micro-B USB port which can only be used to connect to a computer or charger. You can't use it for access to other devices including wireless dongles or external storage.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2011, 1:34:54 PM PST
D. Traeger says:
I just asked Kindle support customer service about the micro usb port and they did state in chat that you can store mp3 music on a usb and it will recognize it. Will see next week if they are correct

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2011, 3:00:19 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 7, 2011, 3:01:54 PM PST
Q says:
That doesn't even make sense. And how do they propose to get the music from the USB (flash drive) to the K Fire? Via the micro-USB port? Silly idea. The micro-USB port is tiny. The USB flash drive plug is large. The micro-USB port can't power another device like a flash drive.

And they may have been confused. You *can* store music on the Fire itself via the micro-USB port. You side-load it from another computer.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2011, 3:16:55 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 7, 2011, 3:17:04 PM PST
If it really is a USB Micro-B port as described on the product page, it isn't possible. Thumb drives require power from the USB port, and the spec for micro-B is an unpowered port.

Posted on Nov 7, 2011, 4:24:59 PM PST
C. Blakeney says:
They do make micro USB flash thumb drives.
SanDisk 2 GB Cruzer Micro USB Flash Drive (SDCZ4-2048-A11, Retail Package)
That does mean it work with the fire we will have to wait and see.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2011, 4:28:26 PM PST
M Lewis says:
That thumb drive does not have micro-USB port. It has a standard USB port. The micro is part of the brand name.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2011, 7:54:40 PM PST
Q says:
You almost fooled me for a second.

That flash drive uses a normal USB plug. "Micro" is part of the brand name.

I'm fairly certain no one is making a micro-USB flash drive ... because a micro-B USB doesn't *give* power, it takes it. So it cannot power any external drive.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2011, 2:20:48 AM PST
C. Blakeney says:
I got in to much of a hurry making that post. This looks like a real micro thumb drive.
SanDisk Cruzer Micro 16 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive SDCZ6-016G-A11

Posted on Nov 8, 2011, 3:04:10 AM PST
M. McCoy says:
It doesn't matter. You are beating a dead horse.

The micro USB port on the Fire is good for nothing but charging the battery and transferring data to/from a host.

Posted on Nov 8, 2011, 3:04:11 AM PST
Scott Kent says:
I have an older 7 inch tablet by Coby that has the micro-usb port, but it came with an adapter that allows full sized usb keyboards to plug into it. The Coby tablet will make use of thumb-drives so long as they are the small ones that have no power requirements. I'm not saying that I expect the Fire to work this way, only that it is a possibility.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2011, 3:41:11 AM PST
NG says:
Really, McCoy?

You can't use Android Open Accessory with a powered micro-b usb accessory? I thought that was why they put Open Accessory in Android 2.3.4 API 10.

I guess there are a whole lot of geeks and engineers wasting their time on IOIO boards and such.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2011, 4:55:54 AM PST
M Lewis says:
Same thing as the previous. It has a standard USB port. The micro is part of the brand name.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2011, 5:02:45 AM PST
R. D. Clark says:
There's no indication in the information supplied via the Amazon Developer Portal that Open Accessory is supported. The ability to modify the OS wthout needing Google's OK may be one reason the Fire doesn't use a later version of Android.

Posted on Nov 8, 2011, 5:11:22 AM PST
Shorian says:
You cannot connect any USB device directly to the Kindle USB port and expect it to work. A PC has a USB host controller whose purpose is to detect and identify the device, and then load the appropriate driver. The Fire does not have a USB host controller, so no USB device will be detected. Without the proper driver the USB device will not work. This means you cannot directly connect among other things, a flash drive, USB mouse, USB keyboard, USB webcam, etc.

On a Windows PC this is all part of Microsoft's Plug and Play (PnP) technology.

Posted on Nov 8, 2011, 5:12:18 AM PST
M. McCoy says:
Really... at least in the way the Fire will be delivered from Amazon. That 'Android 2.3.4 API 10' is capable otherwise is moot. Amazon apparently opted not to incorporate that capability when it decided to fork off the Android path. Some argue the Fire is not even a true Android device anymore:

"with the tablet's highly customized version of Android -- which makes familiar Android elements all but unrecognizable - it could represent something just as significant: a fork of Android. The Kindle UI is "perhaps, the first true fork of Android," and "might just end up encroaching on the greater Android ecosystem," writes Warren.

The UI changes represent "such a different direction that it no longer conforms to its original guidelines," writes Warren. "Because much of Android is covered by the Apache license and not the GPL, Amazon won't even have to commit most of its changes back to the main Android branch."

As a result, Amazon can ignore the upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich release of Android and forge its own path, "courting Android developers to make customized Kindle Fire-specific versions of their apps," she adds.

Now, what a 'lot of geeks & engineers' might do with the Fire after the fact is a whole other story. But when they finish with whatever they might be working on you won't end up with a Fire.
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