While I like my new Kindle Fire, I see no reason to limit its functionality to just the desired services which Amazon wants to push at me. For instance, my post last week included instructions on personalizing the Kindle Fire user interface without rooting ( I hate the Amazon Carousel!). This post follows up on that theme and explains how to add additional third party apps to your Kindle Fire without rooting.
Perhaps you would like to use a microphone with your Kindle Fire. Wait ... I thought the Kindle Fire did not have a microphone, and thus could not allow voice input?? No problem! If you purchase an inline stereo microphone (cost: $3) and install the Tape-A-Talk App from GetJar, you are in business! Here's the process:
- Configure your Fire to allow non Amazon Apps
- Settings => Device => Allow Installation of Applications => On
- Instructions continued below image
- Install GetJar (a safe, 3rd party App Store)
- View these screenshots from Business Insider which thoroughly document installing and using GetJar on your Kindle Fire.
- Via GetJar, search for Tape-A-Talk (download and install)
- Not all Android apps will work on your Kindle Fire
- Be willing to experiment.
- Tape-A-Talk is a voice recording app
- Just uninstall any app that does not work!
- Make certain you have the proper inline microphone
- Universal 3.5mm In-Ear Stereo Headset with Microphone
In addition to GetJar, I've also used Android Freeware to download apps for my Kindle Fire.
One final note, it is very easy to determine whether the inline microphone you might purchase will work with the Kindle Fire, but the key is to "count" the number of rings on the audio plug. The microphone / ear buds must be stereo capable, which means "three rings on the plug". See the image shown below.
In closing, you may be interested in reading the comments (multiple pages) in the discussion for this post from Lilliputin. I have definitely used an inline mike with my Kindle Fire and Tape-A-Talk, but some apps seem to not work properly if they are looking for a physical mike that is part of the device.