Get More Apps With 1Mobile Market on Your Kindle Fire HD

I finally tossed my old home printer and replaced it with a new wireless Canon printer.  Naturally, I thought it would be handy to set up my Kindle Fire HD to print wirelessly to the new printer. But a quick search of the Amazon App Store was disappointing.  I know that Canon makes an android printing app, but it’s not offered by Amazon. This wasn’t the first time that this has happened and I decided it was time to add another android store app – 1mobile market.  Here is all you need to do.

First, on your Kindle Fire HD go to Settings and Device and set “Allow Installation of Applications” to “YES”.

Next, start a browser on the Fire HD and navigate to http://www.1mobile.com

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Click on the picture of the phone & tablet.

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Choose the tablet version.  The file will be downloaded to your device.  Choose to install it.  And you are done.

I got my app for the Canon printer and was happy to have it.  I know that some general android apps will not work on the Kindle Fire HD (especially those that depend on interacting with Google), but there are many more that work fine, but are not offered by Amazon or are not the latest versions available.  Having the 1Mobile Market on your Kindle gives you more options.

Read EPUB Books on Kindle Fire Without Conversion

Yes, it is possible but will require “side-loading” the necessary app (Aldiko Book Reader Application).  Once loaded, the Aldiko app works perfectly on the Kindle Fire (HD).

Step 1 Change a system setting on the Kindle Fire

On your Kindle Fire use the pull-down settings menu, choose “More” then “Device” then turn on the “Allow Installation of Applications from Unknown Sources” option.

Step 2 Download the APK file

Download the application “apk” installation file.  The apk file can be downloaded directly from the source at the originators web site to your Kindle Fire.  Open the web browser on your Fire and type in “Aldiko”.  From the search results go to their Home page.  Go to “Support” from the green  menu bar.

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On the Support page follow the first topic link (“Download the Latest…”).

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On the Download page click the apk file link (“Aldiko Book Reader Free 2.2.3.apk” at the bottom  of the page.

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Download the file to a folder on your Kindle Fire.

Step 3 Install the APK package

Open a file manager app on your Kindle Fire, like ES File Explorer or Browser for SkyDrive (discussed in a previous posting and available from the Amazon App Store) and navigate to the folder where you put the apk file (usually “Downloads” by default).  Touch the file name to launch the installation of the app.

Step 4 Get Books

Aldiko has a built-in Store for buying epub books, or get books from any source and copy them to your Kindle Fire by WiFi or USB cable.  To add books to your Aldiko library use the “Files” widget on the main screen to specify epub files on your Kindle Fire.  It is also capable of aquiring  school and library books from the library’s “overdive” system without having to install a separate overdrive app.  Enjoy!

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Two Great Apps for Kindle Fire HD

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If, like me, you have files spread across your home network and in the cloud, you are going to want to have theses two file handling apps for your Kindle Fire HD:  ES File Explorer and Browser for SkyDrive.  If you are going to side-load android apps you will need a file manager app like one of these.

ES File Explorer by ES Mobile

This is a free app at the Amazon Apps for Android Store.  And is packed with useful features. You can perform the usual cut/copy/paste/delete of files and folders as well as create new folders and use multi-select for files or folders.  It includes a player which can play music and video files when you tap their file names.  It’s most outstanding function allows you to specify storage locations local to the Kindle Fire, on your LAN (access wireless drives like NAS storage), via FTP, Bluetooth and on the Net ( non-Amazon cloud drives like MS SkyDrive).  These are organized in tabbed groups.  Navigation to folders is done in a single pane which “side-scrolls” amongst tab groups.  Most used locations can be set as favorites for quicker access.

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As for customization you can choose from 5 themes or set your own picture as a background.   You can hide tab groups that you never use (like FTP and Bluetooth in my case). A manager function (from the main settings bar) lets you make settings for security, apps, backup of apps, view tasks and manage bookmarks.

Browser for SkyDrive by Bolero

While I can access my SkyDrive files using ES File Explorer, the interface in this app is more convenient.  It also has a dual pane mode where you can select files on one side (say local photos) and transfer them to the other side pane (maybe your SkyDrive Public Photos folder) just by touching an arrow icon.  You can also view the transfer status of files, and always login automatically when the app starts.  It’s not quite as customizable as ES File Explorer, but it is specifically tailored to work with your SkyDrive and your local files on the Kindle.

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Two very useful Kindle Fire HD apps and both are free at the Amazon App Store.