Dan commented on my post last week about the Kindle Fire sale, asking if there really was no way to watch an Amazon Instant Video on an Android tablet (specifically a Nexus 7).
I said “nope,” but someone (Bree) reminded us that alternate browsers, like Dolphin, support Flash. So I went hunting.
Good news: It can be done!
The bare bones instructions are here, and you’ll want to follow that link because it’ll take you to the all-important Flash .apk file, which you’ll need to download.
So follow along, and I’ll give you more details. Note that this method will not work with a Nook HD, since there’s no way (without rooting or using an N2A card) to install apps from “outside sources” on a Nook HD.
Follow the link above and find the instruction to: Download: Adobe Flash Player 11.1 (1).apk. And by the way, while it is possible to download that file directly from your Android device, I found it easier to manage the download on my computer, and then drop the file into Dropbox.
You can ignore the instructions to “install Appsinstaller,” as long as your device settings are set to “allow installation of apps from unknown sources.”
Fair warning: This is a minor security risk. Please practice safe downloading.
So either download the .apk directly from your mobile browser or locate where you put it in Dropbox. Clicking directly on the file will install it.
Once that’s done, navigate to your browser settings. (I used Dolphin.) Go to Settings–> Web Content and Flash Player. Set it to “Always on.”
Now navigate to Amazon, log in and go to Instant Video. Start it up just like you would on your desktop.
Here’s a screen shot of a video from my Nexus 7. And don’t Sam and Dean look great!
So the good news. You can watch Amazon videos on Android devices! The bad news? Well, the number of reasons to buy an Amazon Kindle Fire HD just dropped by one.
Oh, and thanks Dan for continuing to bug me until I figured it out. I’m feeling highly accomplished today. (Not bad for too little sleep and a too-long day.)
Update: Dan and I emailed back and forth the other night, and it was pretty obvious my instructions weren’t the best, so here’s my first how-to video, which will hopefully clear up any confusion. Go easy on me. I’ll get better as I do more of these.
VIDEO: How to Stream Amazon Instant Videos on a Nexus 7 or other Android Tablet
“Installing Flash on Android Jelly Bean Devices”
Update: Unfortunately, this only works on devices running Jelly Bean (Android 4.2). I’ll hunt further and see if I can’t find a solution for Ice Cream Sandwich devices.
Update: I never did find a solution for Ice Cream Sandwich, but as promised, I have found a way to make it work on KitKat.
Update: This article is now superseded by the release of the official Instant Video for Android app released by Amazon.