I’m working on a review of the Kindle Fire. Though it’s taking some heat on the net right now, I love the device.
Of course, I wanted to run Firefox on it. On the Kindle Fire you install Apps from the Amazon App marketplace and not the Android Marketplace.
As of today Firefox Mobile is not in the Amazon marketplace (and yes, our team is working with Amazon to get it in there.)
Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to “side-load” apps onto the Fire.
First you need to get the Firefox Mobile Android App onto your Windows/Mac/Linux desktop.
There are a couple of ways to do this.
1.) Go to https://wiki.mozilla.org/Mobile/Platforms/Android and grab it.
2.) I wanted to be sure to test the version I’m running on my phone so I went the other way.
- On my Android phone I installed “Astro File Manager” from the App Store.
- It automatically configured itself to do backups to my MicroSD card.
- In Astro File manager I ran the “Application Backup” function and selected the Firefox Mobile App.
- When done, I pulled the SD card and inserted it into my laptop using my MicroSD / USB adapter.
- I copped Firefox-2011110417.apk from the MicroSD card to my desktop.
- I plugged in my Kindle Fire and copied the Firefox-2011110417.apk file from my desktop to the kindle.
- Then on the Kindle Fire I just ran “Easy Installer” to install Firefox Mobile
- Viola !
With Firefox running on my Amazon Kindle Fire I can start writing a full review.