This is the first really bad news I've heard about the Kindle Fire

And it just might be a deal breaker for me. I'm fine with the customized OS and the lack of camera, but blocking APIs and restricting apps I really don't like.

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Kindle Fire will get Hulu Plus and “several thou­sand” apps, but not all Android apps will be compat­ible
The Amazon Kindle Fire launches next week with thou­sands of apps avail­able through the just re-launched Amazon Appstore for Android. Amazon just sent us a note that Hulu Plus and ESPN Score­center will be among the big names of apps joining the lineup of Fire options.
However, according to tech mover and shaker Robert Scoble, not all Android apps will be compat­ible with the Kindle Fire. Scoble made a comment on Google+ that a devel­oper showed him an amazing Android app for phones and tablets t…

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15 thoughts on “This is the first really bad news I've heard about the Kindle Fire”

  1. I haven't seen the list of APIs but the Fire is so stripped down (no phone, no camera, etc) that it prob­ably doesn't need half the APIs as my 4g phone. Does the Fire even have GPS? No APIs needed for loca­tion then either…it looks like an incred­ibly static device which pretty much fits the $200 price point.

  2. If you want a tablet to do more, get a big tablet. This is for those of us who wanted a reader with just a little bit more at a reader price. Do not treat this first release as some big tablet release!

  3. We've come a long way with pricing, but we're not there yet for tablets. You can wait for the next release of the Fire which will prob­ably have a camera, but I suspect they will continue to block a lot of API's and apps. If you depend on a huge range of apps, you should consider saving up for some­thing else. I suggest a Samsung, but that's because my personal expe­ri­ence using it was fabu­lous.
    The price tag directly reflects Amazon's wish to get more Amazon users. If it works smoothly, it will be successful. It will not be successful for everyone, but this tablet is defi­nitely a trade-off.

  4. Depending on the RAM on this thing, you won't be able to install all the apps avail­able anyways. As an android user, most of the decent apps prob­ably only number to max of 1000 or so. I wouldn't dismiss the fire right away unless there is an app you absolutely need is not included.

  5. It's more that it's locked down. Which was always a possi­bility but previ­ously uncon­firmed. I'm not inter­ested in a computer or tablet that's locked down.

    I like being able to install all sorts of weird stuff on my phone and just try things out.

    Now when someone gets round to rooting this thing…

  6. I've given up even looking at stuff that won't do at least 2 and prefer­ably lots more things. For instance I wanted a gaming box so picked up a PS3 for the Blu-ray capa­bility. Got an android phone for the Kindle app, rather than a Kindle. If it's soft­ware related, why specialise on one thing. It just becomes useless after a couple of years. Anyone want a Sony eReader?

  7. The fact that I'm looking at getting a Galaxy Nexus with it's nice big screen, does signif­i­cantly reduce the value of a Kindle Fire to me.

    The phone should be easily big enough for me to read comfort­ably and will play music just fine.

  8. I've read plenty of books on my Droid 2. I do have to turn pages more frequently, but since I can hold it in one hand and swipe with my thumb, that's not a big deal. (And my hands are prob­ably on the small side for an adult.)

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