[olug] [OT] anyone know how to load Android app on a Kindle?

Ross Nelson ross.nelson at gmail.com
Fri Sep 4 20:44:57 CDT 2015

(I'm no help with your issue as the HD is considerably different from the
original Fire that I have)

A word of caution for his GoPro and for anyone else that might buy a Fire
as an Android tablet, things may have gotten better since the original Fire
(which was Android 2; I believe the current line-up is 4.x), but there were
quite a few issues with sideloading apps on the original.

In my case, the only one I tried (giving up because it was too much work; I
bought an iPad and have gotten much more use out of it) was some SSH
client. Grabbed the apk from the developer, dropped it on the Fire, and
opened it up. No keyboard.

As it turns out, when Amazon was building their UI, they made some small
differences that cause some Android apps to not function as expected. It
was only a couple of lines of source change, and being an open source SSH
client someone had built a Fire-friendly one, but if you don't have the
source, knowledge, time, or whatever to rebuild, some apps may not work as

On Fri, Sep 4, 2015 at 8:19 PM, Kevin D. Snodgrass <kdsnodgrass at yahoo.com>

> Next door neighbor just bought a GoPro Hero4 for vacation, thought he
> could control it from his Kindle since the GoPro said you could use either
> a Smartphone or tablet.  He's not a computer guy, so didn't know that not
> all tablets are the "same" and there isn't a Kindle app for that.  The
> Kindle Fire HD is an Android device from what I can tell, so started
> looking for some hacks to get Android apps to work on it.
> Found some tutorials about loading Android apps on a Kindle, but you have
> to activate "Apps from Unknown Sources" (not sure that's exactly the
> wording, but you get the idea), a YES/NO radio button, and I found how to
> get to the "Settings" where you are supposed to be able to change that to
> accept 3rd party stuff, but this Kindle doesn't even have that option.
> At a loss where to go now, so anyone with Knowledge please contact me off
> list...
>  Kevin D. Snodgrass
> _______________________________________________
> OLUG mailing list
> OLUG at olug.org
> https://lists.olug.org/mailman/listinfo/olug

More information about the OLUG mailing list