Kindle Fire to support thousands of Android apps

With the official launch of Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet now less than a week away, the company has revealed that owners of the product will be able to access several thousand Android-based applications. That includes Twitter, Facebook, Netflix, games from EA and other publishers, however it appears that the marketplace is the Android marketplace. The Kindle Fire officially goes on sale on November 15.

While the seven inch tablet uses a version of Google's Android as its operating system, Amazon has put its own user interface over the Android OS. Even with that extra layer it looks like there will be a lot of Android apps that will run on the Kindle Fire. In addition, Amazon plans to offer a paid app for free every day for Kindle Fire owners. If you also own another Android device, any app bought or downloaded for the Kindle Fire will also be able to be used for those devices as well.

Of course, Amazon will offer its own apps for the tablet including the Kindle app for downloading and/or purchasing eBooks, Amazon Cloud for streaming music and Amazon Video for streaming music and TV shows. That latter service will require an annual $79 fee to Amazon Prime.

With the launch of the $199 Kindle Fire on November 15, followed by the Barnes and Noble rival the Nook Tablet for $249 on November 17, we expect that there will be lots of these low priced tablets sold for the busy holiday shopping season. 

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You mean Amazon's Android marketplace? I thought that was a given

Still hope they bring it to the UK for a reasonable price like £149 - £179, might actually be a tablet worth buying until Windows 8 makes the rounds.

apparently they have no plans on a UK version. Absolutely crazy.

This is the first tablet that my partner said she would like. Then finding out it wasn't available.

They just released that press release to get people blogging and posting articles about it... free press! It was news when the specs were released weeks ago.

Interesting. My friend wants to get this or the new Nook tablet, and she likes the Nook better, since she likes the Nook selection of books. I wonder if she can use the Android Market on either device and download the Nook or Kindle app. I hope they wouldn't block that on each other's device. This way if you get a Nook, you can use the Kindle app, and if you get the Kindle, you can use the Nook app.

You'd get the best of both worlds!

tsupersonic said,
Interesting. My friend wants to get this or the new Nook tablet, and she likes the Nook better, since she likes the Nook selection of books. I wonder if she can use the Android Market on either device and download the Nook or Kindle app. I hope they wouldn't block that on each other's device. This way if you get a Nook, you can use the Kindle app, and if you get the Kindle, you can use the Nook app.

You'd get the best of both worlds!

Neither allow you to download from the Android Marketplace. Kindle uses Amazon's store, Nook uses the Nook store... neither have the others app. You'll probably have to root it if you want that, if that will even be possible.

no-sweat said,

Neither allow you to download from the Android Marketplace. Kindle uses Amazon's store, Nook uses the Nook store... neither have the others app. You'll probably have to root it if you want that, if that will even be possible.

I remember one of these devices though allowed sideloading apps. In that case, you can sideload the competitors APK file on your device without rooting.

UndergroundWire said,

I remember one of these devices though allowed sideloading apps. In that case, you can sideload the competitors APK file on your device without rooting.

Cool, I don't mind rooting devices myself. I can do it for my friend and give her both bookstores, she'll be a happy camper. I know the Nook color had a pretty big following at xda.

tsupersonic said,
I know the Nook color had a pretty big following at xda.

That it does. It's the cheapest Android Tablet you can buy. You can bet the same for both the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet.

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