When will Irish be added to the Kindle app?
I have a Kindle Fire and we have not yet gotten Irish, which is currently available for iOS and Android. I was hoping we'd have it by now. I asked about this in one of threads about Irish being added to Android a couple of weeks back but never got a reply from anyone.
Does anyone know when Kindle users will get Irish?
I have wondered this as well. The app on my Kindle Fire is still running 2.7.3 from early September. I suspect the problem lies with Amazon and the length of time it takes them to certify apps for availability on their store.
I have considered uninstalling DuoLingo, then using the Google Play store to reinstall it, but it is already unstable on the Fire (the app terminates suddenly on me now and then - do you ever get that?), so I wasn't sure I wanted to go with a less supported config.
The only time I have a problem with the app terminating on me is when I have issues with my internet connection. Otherwise the current version of the app has been working quite well for me.
Today I loaded the Duolingo app version 3.2.0 from the Google Play store onto my Kindle Fire, and now I have Irish. These are the steps I took (this process is called sideloading):
1) Completely uninstall Duolingo from the Kindle Fire (when I say completely, I mean to also remove from the cloud)
2) Find an android device that works with the Google Play store (basically, anything other than a Kindle Fire). Alternatively, find a friend who has such a device (that is what I did).
3) Install Duolingo on the other device from the Google Play store.
4) Backup the Duolingo app on the other device - this will create a .apk file.
5) Move the .apk file to a location available to your Kindle Fire. I used OneDrive; DropBox is another easy way. Unsurprisingly, Google Drive doesn't seem to work.
6) Goto Settings / Applications / Apps from Unknown Sources - turn this On.
7) Open the .apk file on the Kindle Fire. This will run the install.
8) This is not necessary, but I would recommend: Go back to Settings / Applications / Apps from Unknown Sources - turn this back Off.
You're done. Go learn Irish!
Note: I strongly recommend that you do not use any .apk file you find on the Internet. Download the app yourself from Google Play store or have someone you trust do it. Using a .apk file from the Internet is apparently the quickest way to get a virus on your Kindle Fire.
Note 2: As far as I can tell, Amazon does not in any way discourage sideloading.
Note 3: If you go to the App Updates screen, it indicates that Manual Update is required and tells you that the Duolingo app is sideloaded. It also gives you the opportunity to "Update" it back to version 2.7.3. As future versions of the Android app are released on the Google Play store, you will have to sideload them again to get the update.
Amazon doesn't openly discourage sideloading but they happily tell you that it's unsupported for good reasons. I'm personally not comfortable with sideloading. To do it you have to bypass several of Andriod's built-in protections and as the infosec adage goes: systems can be secure but users aren't. Sideloading third party apps in Andriod is definitely a case of users making a secure system insecure. If you are willing to risk it with your devices and your data, fine. Good luck. But I'm not. I can use my laptop to study Irish until a properly verifiable Duo kindle app update is available.