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Old 10-12-2011, 03:32 AM   #31
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What I want to know is why don't we have Angry Monkeys Reykjavik?
We prefer the hotsprings of Jigokudani to the lava fields of Iceland. Change the location to Japan and we'll approve the game.
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I'm going to make a prediction that the Amazon App Store will explode the week they release the Fire or very shortly after. There is no reason developers wont jump on this especially if they already have an app coded for Android. This is not like WebOS where it is an whole new operating system.
Provided Amazon allows those apps. Blockbuster, Google, Hulu Plus, Netflix, Nook, and Zinio are all missing from their app store. 10:1 says Amazon is blocking these competitors.
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The Kindle Fire is NOT a generic Android Platform. If you are expecting that, you will be sorely disappointed.
With the exception of Silk, Amazon has done little more than skin it. It IS, in fact, 95% generic android. 2.3, to be exact. You'll be able to sideload things just fine. In fact, an Amazon executive was quoted specifically as saying that amazon will do nothing to prevent not only sideloading, but root.
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While Dropbox is not available, Box.net is. How do the two compare?

My $99 TouchPad came with 50GB of free storage from Box.net; which would be accessible on a Kindle Fire with the Box app.
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Old 10-12-2011, 05:00 AM   #35
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With the exception of Silk, Amazon has done little more than skin it. It IS, in fact, 95% generic android. 2.3, to be exact. You'll be able to sideload things just fine. In fact, an Amazon executive was quoted specifically as saying that amazon will do nothing to prevent not only sideloading, but root.
No it's not. It does not have cameras, gps, etc. It doesn't meet the requirements of an Android tablet.
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No it's not. It does not have cameras, gps, etc. It doesn't meet the requirements of an Android tablet.
This is from the FAQ from Amazon Developers board:


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My app is optimized for the Motorola Xoom (Honeycomb 3.0-based Android). Will it work on Kindle Fire?
In general, apps optimized for a tablet experience will work on Kindle Fire. To increase the probability that your app will be compatible with Kindle Fire, you should only use APIs that are backwards compatible with Gingerbread.
Here is the link: https://developer.amazon.com/help/fa...890#KindleFire

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I can understand their frustration but they did give permission for it to be free.

My main complete is the DRM Amazon adds to the apps.
If are not logged into their App store on your device you can't use any of the apps because you get a message telling you to log in. This happened to me while my hubby was in bed and wanted to play Angry Birds. I had to go downstairs and find the password so he could play. The Next week I had it happen on my phone. So before you get on say a plane make sure you are logged in to the store or it'll be a long trip! The App store does log you out sometimes without you doing anything.
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For each app that you submit to the Amazon Appstore, you can choose to apply DRM or make your app available without any rights management constraints. If you do choose to apply DRM to one of your apps, you must use the DRM system provided by Amazon through the Amazon Appstore Developer Portal.
From Amazon Developers Portal FAQ.
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Old 10-12-2011, 08:04 AM   #38
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This is from the FAQ from Amazon Developers board:

Here is the link: https://developer.amazon.com/help/fa...890#KindleFire
My point exactly. The HARDWARE is not fully Android tablet compatible. This is a device that is intended for media consumption provided by Amazon. It is not intended to be a generic tablet which is what I said.
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With the exception of Silk, Amazon has done little more than skin it. It IS, in fact, 95% generic android. 2.3, to be exact.
The Nook Color is also just a skinned Android, but you can't sideload apps on that.

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You'll be able to sideload things just fine. In fact, an Amazon executive was quoted specifically as saying that amazon will do nothing to prevent not only sideloading, but root.
Are you relying on the PCMag story for that? That story has been completely blown out of proportion.
Here are the actual statements attributed to the Amazon employee:

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Jenkins said he didn't know whether the bootloader was locked, which is one hurdle Android hackers face when altering their devices. The company won't help hackers root the tablet, it just isn't actively trying to stop them.
(And it isn't even clear that the last sentence was from Jenkins, it probably wasn't)
Everything else was added by the PCMag writer.
So someone who was head of development for their browser, and has admitted no knowledge of any security measures Amazon may have used, has said that he thinks the device will probably get rooted. Which is a pretty good guess, as everything gets rooted eventually.

He was not quoted as saying you could sideload apps, the PCMag writer assumed that.
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Is it just me? I honestly don't even understand this discussion ... of course, there's a lack of apps for the Fire - IT HASN'T BEEN RELEASED YET! How on earth are people supposed to manage to make apps for something that they can't test on?
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Is it just me? I honestly don't even understand this discussion ... of course, there's a lack of apps for the Fire - IT HASN'T BEEN RELEASED YET! How on earth are people supposed to manage to make apps for something that they can't test on?
An Android tablet is an Android tablet.
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But it's android. That's a standard. It's like a new windows PC is being released but is restricted to software available from MS-AppStore.com which has a only a few of the applications available to other windowd PCs.

The Kindle Fire IS an android platform, it should be able to run many of the existing Android apps, but is limited in it's capabilities so some clearly would not work. There is also talk that it can ONLY use the Amazon App store which may or may not prove to be true.
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Except when it's not.
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But we don't even know yet if it will be the standard Android app that will be used in the Kindle Fire. Perhaps they are redoing it especially for the Fire. **Maybe this is going to be a NEW improved Kindle reader app!


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But it's android. That's a standard. It's like a new windows PC is being released but is restricted to software available from MS-AppStore.com which has a only a few of the applications available to other windowd PCs.

The Kindle Fire IS an android platform, it should be able to run many of the existing Android apps, but is limited in it's capabilities so some clearly would not work. There is also talk that it can ONLY use the Amazon App store which may or may not prove to be true.
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But we don't even know yet if it will be the standard Android app that will be used in the Kindle Fire. Perhaps they are redoing it especially for the Fire. **Maybe this is going to be a NEW improved Kindle reader app!
Uh, no, they have already stated that it is running Android 2.3 and will run the Apps available in the Amazon store (which run on all other Android Platforms).

There may be a new improved Kindle App but it still is going to run on top of android 2.3 on the Kindle Fire.
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