Does Commcare work on the Amazon Fire tablet?

Our organization is considering purchasing these tablets
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TSUGXKE/ref=ods_gw_d_h1_tab_fd_text_bf_omb?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=desktop-hero-kindle-A&pf_rd_r=1QBY4Z8CZ9TFG6DQSJMV&pf_rd_t=36701&pf_rd_p=2302394562&pf_rd_i=desktop
due to their very low price. Does commcare work on this platform?

Hello,

I think the short answer is “we don’t know” - I’m not aware of any projects
using this tablet and we have never tested it internally.

Amazon runs Fire OS https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_OS which is forked
from the Android repo and so will of course lack or differ in some
functionality. Further, Amazon tablets won’t have access to the Google Play
Services proprietary walled garden and an increasing amount of Android
functionality comes from this service set. Which is basically just a long
winded way of saying I wouldn’t recommend this tablet for projects without
some testing.

Best,
Will

··· On Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 8:34 AM, Brekke Berg wrote:

Our organization is considering purchasing these tablets
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TSUGXKE/ref=ods_gw_d_h1_tab_fd_text_bf_omb?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=desktop-hero-kindle-A&pf_rd_r=1QBY4Z8CZ9TFG6DQSJMV&pf_rd_t=36701&pf_rd_p=2302394562&pf_rd_i=desktop
due to their very low price. Does commcare work on this platform?


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Hi Justin,

I tested it out a few years ago, but it did not work for me. I used the apk
files of CommCare because you cant download it from the amazon fire phones
but it still did not work. All of this was a lot of hassle for something
that ultimately did not work (but this was 2 years ago with a different
kindle model). If you were able to get it to work, you would likely have to
re-install every time you needed to do an update because it would not be
attached to the play store, which is a big risk and could be very painful
for your field staff.

Where are you deploying these tablets? The other reason I would hesitate to
purchase these is because they might be difficult to fix/replace in country
and there will likely be language issues if you’re using because they just
aren’t sold in a lot of places. My recommendation would be to go with a
cheaper phone or an off brand tablet that will be more expensive, but less
of headache when dealing with the software.

Here is the list of phones and tablets that have been
tested: https://wiki.commcarehq.org/display/commcarepublic/Recommended+Phones+and+Choosing+a+Phone

Hope all is well,

-A

··· On Monday, November 30, 2015 at 3:38:57 PM UTC, just...@yahoo.fr wrote: > > Hi team, > It would be better to test. > > Thanks > Justin Bayoro > > > > Le Lundi 30 novembre 2015 15h31, William Pride <wpr...@dimagi.com > a écrit : > > > Hello, > > I think the short answer is "we don't know" - I'm not aware of any > projects using this tablet and we have never tested it internally. > > Amazon runs Fire OS which is > forked from the Android repo and so will of course lack or differ in some > functionality. Further, Amazon tablets won't have access to the Google Play > Services proprietary walled garden and an increasing amount of Android > functionality comes from this service set. Which is basically just a long > winded way of saying I wouldn't recommend this tablet for projects without > some testing. > > Best, > Will > > On Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 8:34 AM, Brekke Berg <brekk...@gmail.com > wrote: > > Our organization is considering purchasing these tablets > > due to their very low price. Does commcare work on this platform? > -- > You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups > "commcare-users" group. > To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an > email to commcare-user...@googlegroups.com . > For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout. > > > -- > You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups > "commcare-users" group. > To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an > email to commcare-user...@googlegroups.com . > For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout. > > >

Hi team,It would be better to test.

ThanksJustin Bayoro

··· Le Lundi 30 novembre 2015 15h31, William Pride a écrit :

Hello,
I think the short answer is “we don’t know” - I’m not aware of any projects using this tablet and we have never tested it internally.
Amazon runs Fire OS which is forked from the Android repo and so will of course lack or differ in some functionality. Further, Amazon tablets won’t have access to the Google Play Services proprietary walled garden and an increasing amount of Android functionality comes from this service set. Which is basically just a long winded way of saying I wouldn’t recommend this tablet for projects without some testing.
Best,Will
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I wonder if there is an update on this topic from any users of this forum.

I came across this article from Nov-16:

With these tablets being so well reviewed and being so cheap I have a duty
to check!

Thanks in anticipation.

Simon

··· On Monday, November 30, 2015 at 4:45:56 PM UTC, Andrea Fletcher wrote: > > Hi Justin, > > I tested it out a few years ago, but it did not work for me. I used the > apk files of CommCare because you cant download it from the amazon fire > phones but it still did not work. All of this was a lot of hassle for > something that ultimately did not work (but this was 2 years ago with a > different kindle model). If you were able to get it to work, you would > likely have to re-install every time you needed to do an update because it > would not be attached to the play store, which is a big risk and could be > very painful for your field staff. > > Where are you deploying these tablets? The other reason I would hesitate > to purchase these is because they might be difficult to fix/replace in > country and there will likely be language issues if you're using because > they just aren't sold in a lot of places. My recommendation would be to go > with a cheaper phone or an off brand tablet that will be more expensive, > but less of headache when dealing with the software. > > Here is the list of phones and tablets that have been tested: > https://wiki.commcarehq.org/display/commcarepublic/Recommended+Phones+and+Choosing+a+Phone > > Hope all is well, > > -A > > On Monday, November 30, 2015 at 3:38:57 PM UTC, just...@yahoo.fr wrote: >> >> Hi team, >> It would be better to test. >> >> Thanks >> Justin Bayoro >> >> >> >> Le Lundi 30 novembre 2015 15h31, William Pride a >> écrit : >> >> >> Hello, >> >> I think the short answer is "we don't know" - I'm not aware of any >> projects using this tablet and we have never tested it internally. >> >> Amazon runs Fire OS which is >> forked from the Android repo and so will of course lack or differ in some >> functionality. Further, Amazon tablets won't have access to the Google Play >> Services proprietary walled garden and an increasing amount of Android >> functionality comes from this service set. Which is basically just a long >> winded way of saying I wouldn't recommend this tablet for projects without >> some testing. >> >> Best, >> Will >> >> On Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 8:34 AM, Brekke Berg wrote: >> >> Our organization is considering purchasing these tablets >> >> due to their very low price. Does commcare work on this platform? >> -- >> You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups >> "commcare-users" group. >> To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an >> email to commcare-user...@googlegroups.com. >> For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout. >> >> >> -- >> You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups >> "commcare-users" group. >> To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an >> email to commcare-user...@googlegroups.com. >> For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout. >> >> >>

Hi Simon,

As one data point I have an Amazon Fire tablet that I use for development
occasionally. I’ve yet to run into any significant or blocking issues with
it.

Cheers,
Will

··· On Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 11:49 AM, Simon Berry wrote:

I wonder if there is an update on this topic from any users of this forum.

I came across this article from Nov-16:
http://www.howtogeek.com/232726/how-to-install-the-
google-play-store-on-your-amazon-fire-tablet/

With these tablets being so well reviewed and being so cheap I have a duty
to check!

Thanks in anticipation.

Simon

On Monday, November 30, 2015 at 4:45:56 PM UTC, Andrea Fletcher wrote:

Hi Justin,

I tested it out a few years ago, but it did not work for me. I used the
apk files of CommCare because you cant download it from the amazon fire
phones but it still did not work. All of this was a lot of hassle for
something that ultimately did not work (but this was 2 years ago with a
different kindle model). If you were able to get it to work, you would
likely have to re-install every time you needed to do an update because it
would not be attached to the play store, which is a big risk and could be
very painful for your field staff.

Where are you deploying these tablets? The other reason I would hesitate
to purchase these is because they might be difficult to fix/replace in
country and there will likely be language issues if you’re using because
they just aren’t sold in a lot of places. My recommendation would be to go
with a cheaper phone or an off brand tablet that will be more expensive,
but less of headache when dealing with the software.

Here is the list of phones and tablets that have been tested:
https://wiki.commcarehq.org/display/commcarepublic/
Recommended+Phones+and+Choosing+a+Phone

Hope all is well,

-A

On Monday, November 30, 2015 at 3:38:57 PM UTC, just...@yahoo.fr wrote:

Hi team,
It would be better to test.

Thanks
Justin Bayoro

Le Lundi 30 novembre 2015 15h31, William Pride wpr...@dimagi.com a
écrit :

Hello,

I think the short answer is “we don’t know” - I’m not aware of any
projects using this tablet and we have never tested it internally.

Amazon runs Fire OS https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_OS which is
forked from the Android repo and so will of course lack or differ in some
functionality. Further, Amazon tablets won’t have access to the Google Play
Services proprietary walled garden and an increasing amount of Android
functionality comes from this service set. Which is basically just a long
winded way of saying I wouldn’t recommend this tablet for projects without
some testing.

Best,
Will

On Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 8:34 AM, Brekke Berg brekk...@gmail.com wrote:

Our organization is considering purchasing these tablets
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TSUGXKE/ref=ods_gw_d_h1_tab_fd_text_bf_omb?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=desktop-hero-kindle-A&pf_rd_r=1QBY4Z8CZ9TFG6DQSJMV&pf_rd_t=36701&pf_rd_p=2302394562&pf_rd_i=desktop
due to their very low price. Does commcare work on this platform?

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