If you missed Kindle Fire and Your App(s) Part I and Part II, be sure to check them out!
How do you get a high-resolution icon for your app to display on Kindle Fire?
The icons on Kindle Fire are dynamically pulled from the Amazon Appstore for Android. Side-loaded apps cannot use this feature. Once you've submitted your app, and it's live in the Amazon Appstore, your app's appropriate icon will automatically be displayed.
You set up an emulator per the specifications in the Kindle Fire FAQ but the screen is being recognized as an x-large screen instead of a large screen, and loading assets accordingly. How do you fix this?
The default Android emulator mis-identifies the screen size as x-large instead of large with the standard emulator configuration. To override the configuration, complete the following on your activity onCreate method (before loading layouts or anything else):
final Configuration config = new Configuration(context.getResources().getConfiguration()); config.screenLayout = (config.screenLayout & Configuration.SCREENLAYOUT_LONG_MASK) + Configuration.SCREENLAYOUT_SIZE_LARGE; context.getResources().updateConfiguration(context.getResources().getConfiguration(), context.getResources().getDisplayMetrics());
Taking this action will ensure the emulator configuration properly uses the large screen size and loads the appropriate assets.
How do you keep the soft key menu on Kindle Fire visible at all times, instead of partially hidden?
To keep the menu bar present at all times, remove any code in the activities that enables full screen mode. The soft key bar at the bottom will then be visible at all times. Sample code to remove:
How do you connect Kindle Fire to Android Debug Bridge (ADB)?
To connect Kindle Fire to your Android Debug Bridge (ADB), follow the instructions in this PDF. Kindle Fire has USB debugging enabled by default.
Your app requires access to Google Mobile Services. Will it work on Kindle Fire?
Apps that run on Kindle Fire do not currently have access to Google Mobile Services (GMS). If your app currently requires access to GMS apps or services, we recommend that you either remove the features that require these services or modify them to degrade gracefully when invoked (e.g., with an error message such as: "This feature is not currently available on this device.").
Your app is optimized for the Motorola Xoom (Honeycomb 3.0-based Android). Will it work on Kindle Fire?
In general, apps optimized for a tablet experience will work on Kindle Fire. To increase the probability that your app will be compatible with Kindle Fire, you should only use APIs that are backwards compatible with Gingerbread (Android 2.3 OS).
What are the dimensions of the status bar (time, battery, signal strength, etc.) on Kindle Fire?
The status bar is 40 pixels in height.
How can you promote your app to Kindle Fire users?
We encourage you to promote your app's availability on Kindle Fire and in the Amazon Appstore for Android using Amazon-approved marketing assets. Developer Portal account holders can find Amazon approved marketing assets and brand, trademark and marketing guidelines here:
Amazon Appstore for Android Trademark Usage, Brand, and Marketing Guidelines
How do you get your app marketed on Kindle Fire?
All apps in the Amazon Appstore for Android are discoverable by millions of Amazon customers. Amazon's automated and targeted marketing and merchandising algorithms provide a unique and personalized shopping experience for every Amazon customer.
The Free App of the Day is our premier promotion in the Amazon Appstore for Android. Each day, the app we select is featured in some of the most visible placements in the Amazon Appstore. These placements and the exposure they provide drive significant traffic to the featured apps and allow the developers to quickly grow their installed base. In fact, it is common for apps to be downloaded more than 150,000 times on the day they are featured in the Free App of the Day. That volume of new users can not only generate great word-of-mouth publicity for your app, but can also provide a compelling opportunity for you to monetize your apps downstream through features like in-app purchasing and advertising.
If you'd like to submit your app for inclusion in the Free App of the Day program, please complete this form.