Android Market Website No Longer Blocked on Kindle Fire

Android MarketThe Kindle Fire is one of the hottest and most talked about devices at the moment. Amazon’s launch into the tablet market was a bombshell dropped on the tech world for many reasons, one of the top being the ridiculously low price of $199 that the company is charging for the tablet. However, the device is gaining some not so good attention as many are accusing Amazon of controlling web browsing activities.

That’s right, if you own a Kindle Fire, you are probably already aware that any and all attempts to browse Google’s Android Market website were redirected to Amazon’s own AppStore. It’s pretty obvious why this happens though. Amazon wants Android apps to be downloaded on its tablet via its very own customized app store and doesn’t want to deal with support calls when users begin having problems with Android Market apps on their Fire.

However, many users are feeling controlled. Web browsers are considered personal by many tech enthusiasts and most feel like using a web browser should not be restricted (or in this case hijacked) under any circumstance. Thankfully, there is some good news and that news is that Amazon has reconsidered its methods.

With the new Kindle Fire software update, which was made available on Wednesday, you are now able to browse the Google Android Market website. Once you install the update you are good to go, though you will get a minor security certificate warning, but that’s about it.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that you can install Android Marketplace apps via web browser on your Kindle Fire, however. The reason being that there is no simple way to associate the Kindle Fire with a Google account, which is the way Google’s web-based Android Marketplace links up to devices.

Nevertheless, this is definitely a step in the right direction for Amazon due to the fact that it allows people to see which Android apps Google does offer and for the fact that it no longer takes control of the webpage you want to view (if the web page was the Android Marketplace, that is).

Source: Gigaom – Kindle Fire no longer blocks Android Market website

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1 comment to Android Market Website No Longer Blocked on Kindle Fire

  • christian

    That’s good to know, and it’s possible to browse the market.
    However I cannot download an app from market as I get the message, that “there are no Android phones associated with this account”. So the next question is how to associate the KF to my google account?

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