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Archive for December, 2012

How to connect your Amazon Kindle Fire HD to Wi-Fi

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Depending on where you set you Amazon Kindle Fire HD up, you’ll probably be connected to at least one Wi-Fi network already, but what happens if you move location, or want to connect to an alternative Wi-Fi network?

No fear, we’re here to show you exactly how to set up additional Wi-Fi connections on your Amazon Kindle Fire HD so you’ll never be without an active connection again (assuming you’re always in an open Wi-Fi zone).

To access the Wi-Fi settings, pull the top notification bar down on your Amazon Kindle Fire HD and choose Wireless from the shortcuts.

Make sure the Wi-Fi toggle is turned on and choose the network you wish to connect to.

Enter a password if required and Connect. You can opt to turn the Show password option on or off – it’s a lot easier to enter the password with it turned on, but only do so when no one can see what you’re typing.

If you need to change the IP settings to DHCP or Static, you can do so by selecting IP settings.

If you want to join a hidden network, you can select + Add network which is right at the bottom of the list. To set up a hidden network, you will have to know the Network SSID (network name) and password, plus the type of security type of the network.

When you have selected the network and entered the password, or entered details for a new network, just tap Connect and you should be connected.

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Running Google Apps on Kindle Fire Without Root

It was Cyber Monday, 2012, and Amazon was offering a deal on their Kindle tablets. I quickly snatched up a 2nd-gen Kindle Fire for my mom’s x-mas present, as she (like everyone else this holiday season) wanted a tablet. When the unit arrived a few days later on the doorstep, I immediately had my greedy little paws on it. It didn’t take long to realize that this wasn’t exactly what I was expecting in the Kindle Fire.

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I went directly to the Amazon app store and tried to search for Google Maps. Oh wait, did I miss something? Ok, stay calm. Try looking for the Gmail app. What? Wait…oh crap. I felt defeated..my nerd skills had failed me. I didn’t know that I couldn’t install Google apps on the Kindle Fire. Epic fail.

So I instantly set out to find a way to get Google apps on the Kindle. Because this was a present for my mom, I didn’t want to change things too much; the Amazon interface is actually pretty clean and easy to use for first time tablet users. Rooting was an option, but I wasn’t too keen on installing a custom ROM, even though there are some awesome Jelly Bean based ROMS out there. But I just wanted the functionality of Google apps like Maps, Voice, Talk, Music with the stock Amazon interface.

After a little research, I found a few different methods of getting some Google apps on the Kindle Fire. Since the architecture of the newest Kindle Fire is closer to the Kindle Fire HD, I researched methods for modifying the Kindle Fire HD. Without rooting, I found a way to install a few Google Apps, such as Maps, Gmail, Youtube and Currents. Even though the Maps app lacks a little functionality (no pinch to zoom or saved maps) the others work flawlessly. Xda-developers forum member abhijitxp modded these apps, and his guide can be found here. Before proceeding, make sure that you have gone to Kindle Fire Settings and enabled installation of applications from unknown sources, and that you have a file browser like ES File Explorer installed. Here’s how it’s done:

1. Download the Google Files here

2.Unzip files

3. Transfer files to Kindle Fire

4.Open up ES File Explorer and install GoogleLoginService.apk.

5. Restart Kindle

6. Open up ES File Explorer and install the apps.

I know, it’s only a handful of apps, but it’s better than nothing, and I’m sure the folks at XDA will have some more apps for us soon. Supposedly, if you root your Kindle Fire you can get full functionality, and if it was my device, I would root it for sure. But for a mom, this is good enough. If you’ve got the gumption to root your Kindle Fire, a great guide can be found here. Happy Holiday hacking!