|The Nook reader on a Kindle Fire HD!|
The SolutionAndroid is an open source operating system and the Kindle Fire HDX has version 4.2 of it. So most of the apps in the Google Play store should work just fine. In fact most of them do work, you just have to get them on your Kindle. Here's how to do that using a technique known as sideloading.
You are going to need some equipment, most of which you probably already have:
- An Android device (we'll call this 'device 2') such as a mobile phone or tablet which you can connect to the Google Store
- A USB to micro USB lead which fits your computer and Kindle Fire/device 2
- A computer
- Your Kindle Fire
- An app - ES File Explorer installed on the Kindle Fire HD/HDX and device 2. (yes this is available from the Amazon Appstore and on Google Play. It's free!)
How to sideload an Android app to a Kindle Fire HD / HDX
|The Kindle Fire HDX is even better. Ours took just one day|
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- Install ES file explorer on your Kindle HDX. It's available free in the Amazon store.
- Install ES file explorer on your other Android device. It's a free app available at Google Play
- Install the Nook reader software on your other Android device from the Google Store. Again it's a free app from Google Store.
- On the Kindle HDX use go to Settings > Applications and set 'Applications from unknown sources' to 'On'. Accept the warning.
- On the other Android device use ES File Explorer. Choose Tools >'app manager' from settings. Long press on 'Nook' and choose backup.
- Connect the other Android device to your computer using the USB cable. You should see it appears in an explorer window as an extra drive under 'Computer'.
- Navigate to the Nook.apk file you just backed up. In my case, since I was using a Nexus 7 as my 'other Android device' it appeared as Computer\Nexus 7\Internal storage\backups\apps\NOOK_18.104.22.168.apk Copy this file to your PC. On a Samsung Galaxy S4 the files appeared in Computer\Galaxy S4\Phone\backups\apps
- Connect the Kindle fire to your PC and transfer the Nook.apk file to it. The root folder will do.
- Load ES File Explorer on the Kindle Fire and find the file you just placed there. Once you select it you'll get the option to install it. Do that and try it out.
- On the Kindle use Settings > Applications and set 'Applications from unknown sources' to 'Off' again.
It's a little involved but really quite simple.Of course the same technique can be used to install almost any Android application which isn't available on the Amazon Appstore. There are a few which don't work, Sky Go for one. It installs and you can see what programs are available but it won't let you play them.
You can also download apps to your PC from other sources and install them BUT - a word of caution. Although the apps available from Amazon and Google are generally safe, the same can't be said for all app sources. It's unwise to download and install apps you are not certain of. You might install a rogue app which could cause a lot of problems.
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