Three-quarters of Android apps work on Kindle Fire, says Amazon

Three-quarters of Android apps work on Kindle Fire, says Amazon

22 AUG 2013

Amazon said more than 75 per cent of Android apps it tested work perfectly on the company’s Kindle Fire, as it looks to attract more developers to submit apps for its tablet.

The company tested 1,600 app submissions to the Amazon Appstore and found that three-quarters required no additional development to function on the Kindle Fire, despite the differences in the code compared to the standard version of Android.

Kindle Fire tablets run a forked version of Android, with 2012 models based on the Ice Cream Sandwich version and earlier models using Gingerbread.

Although developers may want to integrate Amazon APIs, such as In-App Purchasing, GameCircle and Mobile Ads, to boost user experience and monetisation, Amazon emphasised that little work is needed to get apps onto the Kindle Fire.

“Since your app will most likely just work with zero development effort in the Amazon Appstore, it seems like a no-brainer to create a developer account – at zero cost – and submit your app,” Amazon’s Mike Hines wrote in a blog post.

Reasons why tested apps failed to function on the Kindle Fire included incompatibility of apps designed for phones, lack of stability, not replacing unsupported APIs with Amazon APIs, and inadequate security.


Tim Ferguson

Tim joined Mobile World Live in August 2011 and works across all channels, with a particular focus on apps. He came to the GSMA with five years of tech journalism experience, having started his career as a reporter... More

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