External Keyboard For Kindle Fire?

Crystal
19.09.2012
Crystal

I have the regular Kindle Fire (not HD) and though I am fairly happy with it, I have seen iPad users who have external keyboards for their tablets. Is there a similar keyboard for the Fire since the virtual keyboard it has is quite small and even in landscape mode difficult to use? I am trying to avoid purchasing a laptop and have found a good note-application for the Fire, but it's enough to say that I'm not any good at typing on it.

I saw a Youtube video where the device has to be "rooted." What does that mean? Is this an option so that I can use an external keyboard?

Thanks!

Obvious Child
20.09.2012
Obvious Child

Rooting gives you command line access to your tablet. All tablets come with this restricted. Through a series of updates you can remove the restrictions that the producer puts on the tablet.

See the link below on how to root, be aware this voids your warranty.
The second link is a discussion on the developer forum on how to a usb keyboard to work on your KF.

BestPin
20.09.2012
BestPin

Rooted means the device is loaded with another OS, which is different from the OS that manufacturer makes it.It'll void warranty of the device.

The Kindle Fire HD has bluetooth, so you can have a wireless keyboard with it:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-forum/kindle/?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&cdForum=Fx1D7SY3BVSESG&cdThread=Tx8YNKUWLNV95Z&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&tag=kndfjh-20

However, the Kindle Fire 2 doesn't have bluetooth, so it doesn't support external keyboard.

Hope this helps.

Guest
11.12.2012
Guest

@BestPin,
No. That is not what rooting means. What you described is "flashing". Rooting just means getting administrator access. Android is based on Linux, and the way it comes set up, you use the device as a normal user account, not "super user" or "administrator" (also called the root user on Unix-based systems, hence the term "rooting")
My kindle fire 2 is rooted but still runs the original stock software because I don't want to give up watching movies and tv shows on Amazon Prime.
@Crystal,
Sorry, there is no way to use a keyboard with the kindle fire, or kindle fire 2 (the 2012 kindle fire revision) without voiding your warranty and installing a new version of android on your fire. Basically, you need to replace your kernel with one capable of handling a usb OTG cable that allows you to plug any usb keyboard and mouse into the micro usb port.

Guest
03.01.2013
Guest

That is sad that Amazon would design a product without a key board capability