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Initial post: Sep 30, 2011 1:19:03 PM PDT
Keen says:
Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi

Does the Kindle Fire have GPS ability?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2011 1:25:17 PM PDT
Becca says:
no. The Fire isn't a real tablet, it's a media consumption device, just as the Kindles are reading devices.

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 6:28:19 PM PST
No one mentions it, but on the schematic for the Fire there is a GPS reference. I downloaded the Mapquest app which as a feature uses GPS. When I typed a nearby address, mapquest displayed the map AND told me where the Fire location was.

I need to get a micro b male / usb A female adapter and experiment with peripherals.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2011 6:44:00 PM PST
T. Anderson says:
No one mentions it because there isn't GPS in it. The diagram I assume you're refering to is just showing that GPS can be hooked in to the chip, not that it is part of the chip. There is no GPS in the fire. What you were finding on mapquest was just your course location through wifi.

Posted on Nov 19, 2011 10:02:05 AM PST
Alan Howell says:
I was Walmart yesterday and bought a usb adapter with about 5 or so small connectors. I used it to send some pics to the fire. I will see if I have a gps to try.

Posted on Nov 19, 2011 7:30:23 PM PST
K. Smith says:
It does appear to have something more. Wifi location would not track me moving. However when I use Mapquest on the Fire and walk around my house, it does respond to the movement and follows me. If it was only using wifi to get my location it's would not register the movement as it's still connected to the same network. It is also way more specific about my location then wifi usually is. I'm not saying it has GPS since I too thought it didn't, but it is suspiciously accurate.

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 8:27:38 AM PST
Tech Guy says:
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/networking/how-google-8211and-everyone-else-8211gets-wi-fi-location-data/1664 will answer your question...

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 9:36:30 AM PST
Dean R says:
I disagree with Becca when she says the Fire is not a tablet. She makes it sounds like it has to have GPS for it to be a tablet.

Like all tablets, you can read books, watch TV/movies, listen to MP3s, and use a large assortment of apps. That makes it a tablet any way you cut it.

Just like computers or laptops, different products come with different amenities. Some have cams, some don't, some have SSD's, some have hard drive disk, some have more ports than others, etc. The Fire has it's limitations but then again because of it's high integration with Amazon, it also has it's advantages over other tablets.

And I really have absolutely no idea what/why people need a gps in their tablet. I have a gps navigator for my car...and many phones already have GPS. And you don't need a gps to get a map from google or mapquest. Plus, I'm sure your friends will likely forgive you for not posting to facebook that your location is Burger King.

Posted on Dec 26, 2011 12:55:52 AM PST
S. Kennedy says:
Where the GPS would be nice is for folks that travel and don't want to carry multiple devices. As convienient as GPS is on a phone, the battery life and the bigger screen on the fire would make it an ideal platform.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 1:25:03 AM PST
R. D. Clark says:
There are many such devices on the market. The Fire is not one of them. Why should it be? If you want a tablet with a GPS, there is nothing stopping you from buying one.

Posted on Jan 16, 2012 3:18:35 PM PST
redcard says:
I think being critical of why someone would want a GPS capability for the fire is a n bit egocentric. I have a fire and it does just what I expected when I bought it. It as something I could afford it did what I wanted and the apps were fun. I would like a gps capability for one reason to track my Fire if it were stolen. I think that is a good reason.:O0

Posted on Feb 11, 2012 1:36:48 PM PST
Pen Name says:
MapQuest app on my Kindle Fire has "my location" as the house I lived in 4 years ago??? Anybody know where I can change it?

Posted on Apr 28, 2012 7:52:05 PM PDT
i lost my kindle fire does it have a tracking device?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 28, 2012 8:31:04 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 28, 2012 8:31:13 PM PDT
A. Dietz says:
No, it doesn't. You should go to your Manage Your Kindle page and deregister it so if someone finds it they can't purchase anything. Also contact Customer Support and let them know you lost it so they can prevent someone else from registering it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2012 11:34:14 PM PDT
Pamela says:
Let me help you out. I don't have GPS for my car and I don't have a smart phone. I can't afford those things. But I need a tablet for my jewelry business that is about to go back into action after a long hiatus due to a protracted illness. For what should now be obvious reasons, my choices are between Amazon and Google. Someone like me would definitely want GPS in a tablet because it's a that or nothing kind of choice. Now you have absolutely some idea....lol ;D

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 17, 2012 2:44:08 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
I don't think you helped out an 8 month old post.

Posted on Jul 17, 2012 3:27:21 AM PDT
Paxton says:
Try this app: Locate My Kindle (Kindle Fire Edition)
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