Can you install third-party apps on Kindle Fire?
Although Amazon goes out of its way to hide all traces of vanilla Android from its new Kindle Fire tablet, it turns out tech-savvy users can still install select third-party Android applications outside the auspices of the Amazon Appstore. These apps include Amazon competitors, like Barnes & Noble’s Nook app for Android.
Here are the steps to follow to install third-party apps:
- Go to the settings section, and find labeled “Device”
- Find the option that says “Allow Installation of Applications From Unknown Sources.”
- Enable this option
- Now install your favorite third-party app store (you cannot install Google Android Store, but some others can be. According to mashable, “GetJar doesn’t list the Kindle Fire in its device listing, so I chose another Android 2.3 device and then followed the instructions to download the GetJar.apk from GetJar’s mobile site. Once downloaded, I installed the app.The app appears in the app shelf alongside the standard Amazon Appstore apps.”)
After installing the GetJar app, I went on my merry way installing various third-party apps. Some apps would simply redirect to an entry in the Amazon Appstore. Other would refuse to download.
Still, a number of apps installed without any problem — including the Barnes & Noble Nook app for Android. The awesomeness of running the Nook app on the Kindle is partially a novelty, sure, but it actually adds quite a bit of value to the device.
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