The Top 5 “Side-Loaded” Apps On My Kindle Fire Right Now

I though I’d follow-up on my previous post (The top 5 Amazon-approved apps on my Kindle Fire) with the top 5 apps that can’t be found in the Amazon Appstore, but are on my Kindle Fire, nonetheless. These apps were either “side-loaded” using a USB cable and ES File Browser, or they were “side-loaded” using the Android Market, and some require a jail-broken device. After the break, find my list of the top 5 “side-loaded” apps on my Kindle Fire, in no particular order.

  1. DropBox (free) This is the most useful app I have on my Kindle Fire – hands down. For the life of me I do not understand why Amazon does not allow it to be directly installed from the Amazon Appstore. The only reason I can fathom is that you can use it to put your own content on your device – oh wait, I can do that with a USB cable. Hmmmm. I’m still head scratching on that one.
  2. Google’s Apps (free) – All of them. Of course, these are only available if you jail-break your Kindle Fire and go through a pretty involved process, but well worth it. Again, why Amazon? Why did you not include the basic Google Apps on the device? It’s not as if I cannot go through the web browser to get to them. More head scratching.
  3. Adobe Photoshop Express (free) No, the Kindle Fire does not have a camera, but you can still edit images on it, and I have actually edited quite a few images on the Kindle Fire for various web uses. The funny thing is that this app runs flawlessly on the Kindle, so again – what’s up Amazon?
  4. Screenshot (free) There is no built-in screenshot utility for the Kindle Fire. You can use the Android SDK with your Kindle Fire tethered to your PC to capture images, but that is not very handy. That’s where this app is so useful. Since there aren’t any buttons to “assign” to screen capturing, you instead set a timer within Screenshot,giving you time to navigate to the desired screen and wait for a screenshot to be taken. The only “issue” is that you must have a rooted Kindle Fire in order for the app to work.
  5. Android Market (free) The easiest way to get to the apps that Amazon won’t let you load. The problem is that it requires jail-breaking and is not an easy process -yet. But man is it worth it.

So, there you have it – my list of the top 5 “side-loaded” apps on my Kindle Fire. What’s your favorite “un-approved” Kindle Fire apps?

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