It’s probably obvious from the article posted earlier today about sideloading apps onto the Kindle Fire, but just to make it explicit, Mashable reports that it is fully possible to install the Nook Android app onto the Kindle Fire.
It’s just necessary to enable installation of apps from unknown sources on the Fire, then sideload the non-corporate app store GetJar (choosing another Android 2.3 device from its install options since the Kindle Fire isn’t listed). Then GetJar can install the Nook app. (Not all third-party GetJar apps will install successfully, but Nook is one that will.)
There’s not really anything new in this; one favorite activity of Nook Color jailbreakers has been to install the Kindle Android app onto their tablets. On the other hand, the Kindle Fire does have going for it the fact that you don’t have to jailbreak to do it. Of course, those who own third-party Android devices (or for that matter iOS devices) can put both Kindle and Nook apps on their devices without having to do anything out of the ordinary.
Regardless, this added e-book store flexibility may give the Kindle Fire that much more appeal to potential shoppers. It certainly would be a selling point for me.
(Found via Gizmodo.)
For what it’s worth, the Kobo Vox, the 7″ colour ereader — that is sort of tablety — runs native Android 2.3.3 without a Koboized overlay, runs competing ereader apps without any install issues at all.
I have the Kobo ereader software running (obviously) to access my Kobo books; but I also have the latest Kindle Android app, Barnes and Noble Nook app and — at least as important — the Overdrive Android app which gives me direct over-the-air access to library books from my local library.
Kobo Vox hardware is somewhere between Nook Color and Nook Tablet (8 GB installed, fully accessible 32 GB card slot, 800 MHz processor, deep color touch screen) which means it is zippy for e-reading, web browsing (Opera Mobile for example), and email etc. while staying focussed on delivering a colour ereading experience (Zinio runs well on it).