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Old 11-25-2011, 10:39 PM   #1
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External Mic Works on the Fire!

Maybe this belongs in "Tips and Tricks":

I had a set of headphones with an inline microphone laying around. I decided to try it on the Fire. I downloaded and installed an audio recording app, and made a 10-second recording. It worked - the audio came out loud and clear. This is almost a game-changer - that means Skype and other applications requiring a microphone can made functional on the Fire.

Now if I can figure out how to app a camera and gps lol...
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Old 11-25-2011, 11:34 PM   #2
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Don't forget about Grooveip if you are rooted and have Google apps installed you can make free phone calls through Google voice.
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I got Square to install... Regarding GPS...

If there is a way to trick it into thinking you have any, it would work BRILLIANTLY with the Fire.

As for the microphone, that's awesome!
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Old 11-26-2011, 08:08 AM   #4
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Hold up a sec: its possible that the jack worked as a mic but that it doesnt act as a headset. You may know you can record using the headphones doesn't mean that you know that you can have a coversation via skype. To test whether you have full headset capability you'll have to actually use it on something like skype, though I guess it might be enough to just play some music in the background while using the audio recording feature - if you can do that, I would think that would prove it.
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Old 11-26-2011, 08:19 AM   #5
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Old 11-26-2011, 09:43 AM   #6
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I installed Grooveip and signed into my Google voice account with it hooked up my headphone/Mic that does work with the Fire, It actually made a phone call to my cell phone but the mic did not work.
Maybe I just need to mess with some settings in grooveip.
If you are not familiar with Grooveip here it is http://www.amazon.com/snrb-Labs-Groo...2318367&sr=8-1
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Old 11-26-2011, 09:51 AM   #7
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I'm very skeptical that this works

I'm skeptical this works. Many mic/headset speaker combinations have two plugs rather than one, so they won't work. A mic only, if it worked at all being plugged into a speaker plug, would most likely cause the internal speakers to stop working, which is counterproductive for Skype.

Even if you can find a mic/headset speaker combo with only one 1/8" plug that does work, what is the point. Using Skype with a WiFi only tablet without a camera is not going to be that big of a deal. If you have a WiFi connection you probably have other devices which will do the job a lot better than a Fire.
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Old 11-26-2011, 10:14 AM   #8
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I'm skeptical this works. Many mic/headset speaker combinations have two plugs rather than one, so they won't work. A mic only, if it worked at all being plugged into a speaker plug, would most likely cause the internal speakers to stop working, which is counterproductive for Skype.

Even if you can find a mic/headset speaker combo with only one 1/8" plug that does work, what is the point. Using Skype with a WiFi only tablet without a camera is not going to be that big of a deal. If you have a WiFi connection you probably have other devices which will do the job a lot better than a Fire.
All hands free sets that come with most cell phones have one plug and include a mic on the plug it will have 3 black bands 2 for the headphones if stereo and one for the microphone.

If the headset was designed to work with a computer most likely it would have 2 plugs but we are not talking about those we are talking about headsets made for cell phones.
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Old 11-26-2011, 10:28 AM   #9
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I'm skeptical this works. Many mic/headset speaker combinations have two plugs rather than one, so they won't work. A mic only, if it worked at all being plugged into a speaker plug, would most likely cause the internal speakers to stop working, which is counterproductive for Skype.

Even if you can find a mic/headset speaker combo with only one 1/8" plug that does work, what is the point. Using Skype with a WiFi only tablet without a camera is not going to be that big of a deal. If you have a WiFi connection you probably have other devices which will do the job a lot better than a Fire.
Video conferencing isn't the only use for Skype. For those of us with Skype-In/Skype-Out service, being able to make/receive Skype calls on the Fire is useful. $60 a year (in the US) for unlimited local and long distance calls makes a fantastic alternative to a traditional landline.

If I'm in the food court at the local mall using their free wifi hotspot, I can accept calls to my "home phone".

The fact that virtually every computing device in my home (PSP, iPod Touch, iPad, notebook, tablet, and freetalk base module) can act as a phone is very convenient.
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Old 11-26-2011, 10:54 AM   #10
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I just tried it out by installing a very small and simple recording app. Skype wouldn't be the only use for it, obviously; the opportunity may be there to use many apps that require a mic (speech to text apps, Google Voice, guitar tuners, recorders, etc., etc.).
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Old 11-26-2011, 01:52 PM   #11
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If I can just record my classes and read my textbook on it at the same time, that's the only thing I'd ever want.
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Old 11-26-2011, 02:11 PM   #12
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Old 11-26-2011, 09:47 PM   #13
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Here's a stand-alone mic (not a headphone/mic combo) that should work: I just ordered one - for $1.44+free shipping I don't think you can go wrong:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=5336653508-20

The type of plug needed is called a TRRS plug - it has four conductors on it, rather than the three conductors found on the (TRS) plug on normal stereo headphones. If the plug has three "stripes" on it, it's a TRRS.
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Old 11-26-2011, 10:30 PM   #14
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I am confused (not an uncommon occurrence) but has anyone actually successfully made a skype call yet?

If it works, great! If it don't, well then... it don't. Which would prevent a nasty blood stain on JSWolf's carpet.
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I am confused (not an uncommon occurrence) but has anyone actually successfully made a skype call yet?

If it works, great! If it don't, well then... it don't. Which would prevent a nasty blood stain on JSWolf's carpet.
Hilarious!
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