KINDLE FIRE TIPS
NOTE: See "HOW TO INSTALL FLASH ON KINDLE FIRE HD" in the
In the end, it's also 'How to play Flash on Kindle Fire HD.'
(The original non-HD version, with an older operating system can play Flash, as Adobe supports the older versions.)
Some of the answers below are solutions to questions asked in the forums.
Q: Why can't I zoom images with the Kindle Fire?
A: You can, on all the Kindle Fires.
Long-press the Image and, after a couple of seconds, you'll get a popup with an option to "Zoom" Click on that. If the image is in Landscape mode, rotate the KFire. Then if you still can't see enough detail, pinch zoom to enlarge it, zooming-in even more for detail.
NOTE: This also works for the Paperwhite and Kindle Touch except for the pinch-zoom.
Q: Why can't I play network TV (or, at times, Youtube) videos on Kindle Fire HD which are playable with the original Kindle Fire?
A: Although Adobe has ended support for Flash Player on mobile browsers, there are some browsers that support the final Flash Player file, still made available on some developer forums for devices like the Google Nexus and the Kindle Fire. A few Youtube videos still need Flash to run (Les Miserables trailer was one.)
Per Amazon's Kindle Forum discussions, users of the Google Nexus and Kindle Fire HD are using, as needed, older Adobe Flash files offered at XDA Developers Forum plus the Dolphin browser, which supports Adobe Flash while the last Adobe Flash update still works.
When needing to see a video requiring Flash, you'd switch to Dolphin browser for that. (It's been said that the Chrome mobile browser supports older flash files too, but I've not tried it.)
A Setting that must be done before doing any of this
Amazon allows users to choose to install apps from "unknown sources" and you can "enable" that (do this only with files recommended by people you trust) by going to the 'Home' screen and swiping down (lightly pressing and pulling down) from the top of the screen, to see the Quick Settings Menu; then click on "More" at the right, and go down that Settings list to "Device" to Check the box to allow installation of applications from 'unknown sources.'
Also, when Android devices don't have rights to view some video material, the Dolphin browser has a "user agent" setting and you can then be seen by the video webpage as using an iPad or a Desktop instead, which usually solves the problem. Remember to switch back to Android later.
Q: Why can't I use the front-facing camera for anything but Skype?
A: You can, as some popular apps can use the camera and there is a way to open or activate the camera via the versatile and free file manager app, ES File Explorer
There are many Kindle Fire apps that can use the camera as a secondary function, and Kindle owners have tended to recommend the Evernote or Facebook apps for this. But that doesn't give you access to the several features and controls that are there.
Here's how to open the camera via ES File Explorer, once you've installed it.
1. Press Apps at the top of the Home screen (or find it in your Favorites
if you made it a fave) and then click on the ES File Explorer to open it.
2. In the top row, click on AppMgr.
3. In the top row still, click on Category
4. Choose System apps button
5. Select camera
6. Choose Open
And that's it!
You'll find yourself with a choice of
1. PANORAMA mode shooting (Yes! Works nicely too.)
2. NORMAL CAMERA shooting, with choice of scenes, exposure compensation,
and type of white balance
3. VIDEO at 480p, 720p (DON'T use the 1080p one, it crashes)
time lapse intervals; snd type of white balance
(It can't do actual HD but it's decent.
You can see his Skype image at the app page.
The camera's better than I had expected. From what I've seen, it's just something under 1MB pixels but good enough for casual snapshots and videoclips (which are in MP4 format), considering it's a front-facing camera meant mainly for Skype video-chats.
When you're ready to shoot, including making a sweeping panorama, press the round red button. For videos, it becomes a square red button that you push when ending the video.
After doing a brief videoclip almost in the dark, I tried pressing a button for 'BBC' to see what on earth that was for, and it offered to send my 'report' to the BBC. Oh, I don't think so.
You can find the resulting photos and videos under ES Explorer's /sdcard/DCIM/Camera folder.
I personally find it ultra awkward to shoot a scene or subject without being able to view it except to twist myself into a position to see the front of the tablet at the same time or view it while shooting behind me. :-) But it's doable if you really want to record the scene.
Q: Can I transfer files to and from the Kindle Fire HD without a cable?
A: Yes. With WiFi File Explorer PRO ($0.99), you're free of trying to find the cable and make the connections.
- Manage files between your Android device and computer without using a cable
- View and send photos and other files from your phone via a secure Wi-Fi connection
- See all files in a password-protected Web browser
- Stream music from your phone directly to your computer
- Configure port settings to your preferences
' When you open the app, it automatically detects nearby Wi-Fi networks and supplies you with a URL address to enter into the Web browser of your computer. You'll also be prompted to enter a password (which you will create when you first begin using the app).
Once your phone is connected to the Wi-Fi network, it's easy to go to the computer (which must also be connected to the network) and access the Web address. You'll find that your phone's files are there to be browsed, downloaded, or even streamed whenever you wish.
In this PRO version, you can also upload, sync, delete, copy, and zip or unzip all the files on your Android phone and computer, which makes it a great overall file manager. '
The free version doesn't allow transfers TO the Kindle Fire, so paying the 99c should be worth it.
Be sure to turn off 'sharing' once any transfers are done.
Remember that you can do a screenshot fairly easily.
RELATED posts on Kindle Fire HD 7" which relate also to the Kindle Fire HD 8.9" (descriptions of Kindle 7" features will apply to the HD 8.9" model also).
. Getting non-Amazon apps on Kindle Fires (non-HD Kindle Fires have storage space limitations)
. How to install Adobe Flash Player
. Google Maps, Street View and other apps on my Kindle Fire, via enabling one device setting
Also, TubeMate app for Youtube will download videos to play on your Kindle Fire,
and BSPlayer app will play almost ANY video format.
. Using the camera and Video, Panorama mode, Time Lapses
. Add Wi-Drive pocketable disk/stream'g for Kindle models
and for other tablet or phone devices,
or, Portable wireless 320G Patriot Gauntlet drive/stream'g for 7" & 8.9" devices.
. App for WiFi file transfers w/o cable.
Current Kindle Models for reference.
Check often: Temporarily-free recently published Kindle books
Guide to finding Free Kindle books and Sources. Top 100 free bestsellers. Liked-books under $1
UK-Only: recently published free books, bestsellers, or £5 Max ones
Also, UK customers should see the UK store's Top 100 free bestsellers.
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