Kindle Fire & the Furby App

Eric December 23, 2013 21




 

Hey everybody! There’s a lot of talk about the Kindle Fire (the HD, the HDX etc etc) and the Furby Apps.  So much in fact I wanted to write this article to clarify things as much as possible.  If I’m missing anything, or any of you believe I have any facts wrong, please comment! We are all here to help one another out.  I wish there was more time before  Christmas to help many of you with your buying decisions!  One last note, please vote on the poll attached to this article so we can get a better idea of which devices are giving the most problems.

Hasbro is getting a lot of blame for not making the Furby App available for the Kindle, but the truth is there is an app for the Kindle Fire HD in the Amazon app store.  The problem is, there are several versions of the Kindle Fire and a few of those just don’t have the necessary hardware that is needed to work with the Furby app.   There are a couple of newer Kindle HD models that technically should be working with the Furby app but are reportedly not.

I’m sure you’ve seen the words “Some devices wont work with the Furby app because of  hardware limitations”.  It should read “limitation”, that being no Microphone.  When you use the Furby app, you may sometimes hear a high pitched tone, this tone is part of a process called “audio watermarking” (or digital chirp technology) in short, its how your device communicates with the Furby (and the Furbies to each other). If your device (Such as a a few of the Kindle Fire Models) does not have a microphone built in then it will not “hear” your Furby trying to communicate with it.  Additionally, when the app tries to start, it may see that there’s no microphone and just crash.

What Kindles work with the Furby App?

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Versions of Kindle:

Original Kindle: There are probably several reasons the original Kindle won’t work with the Furby app, but the obvious one is that there’s  no Microphone.

Kindle Fire 2nd Generation: Same thing, no Microphone.

Kindle Fire HD 7″ (2nd Gen): This one has a mic and has been reported to be the most successful at running the Furby  Apps.

Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ (2nd Gen):  This one also has a mic and has been reported to work with the apps.

Kindle Fire HD 7″ (3rd Gen): This is where things get a little confusing.  This model has taken a step backward.  No Microphone. (so no Furby app).  This may be a lower cost alternative, as it also lost the front facing camera and possibly more.

Kindle Fire HDX 7″ (3rd Gen) – Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ (3rd Gen) – It seems that these two models both have the hardware to successfully run the Furby app., although I’m seeing posts from some of you that its not working?  I’m considering these last two to be questionable until we have more time to try them out.

 

If you have a Kindle (of any model) and a Furby, try it out, comment what exactly happens if it fails, or let us know if its working for you.  This is where our Furby community can come together and figure out headaches like these!  I wish you all the best and hope you all have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!           -Eric (Admin)

 

 

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21 Comments »

  1. Jill December 24, 2013 at 5:08 am - Reply

    I don’t know if it works on the Kindle Fire HDX 7″ 3rd Gen b/c I can’t download the app. Amazon says it is not compatible with my devices. (Yes – I have two.) Is there another way to download the app and try it out?

    • Eric
      admin December 24, 2013 at 3:24 pm - Reply

      oooh thats interesting.. I don’t know of another place to get the app. Once I get enough responses to the voting poll in this article, I’m going to share it with Hasbro to see if there are any solutions to this problem. It may be an Amazon problem though too.

  2. MalcolmN December 25, 2013 at 10:36 am - Reply

    Tried loading the Furby app this evening on my daughters Kindle fire HDX 7″, but it states that it is not compatible. I did just load it on my Kindle,Fire HD, and it does load successfully. I am hoping it is possible to make it work, or my daughter will have to play with her new Furby without the extras that come with the app.

  3. Kristi A. December 25, 2013 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    trying to download Furby app from amazon.com and on the Kindle Fire HDX and it is “not compatible for this device”……please advise

  4. Linda December 25, 2013 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    We got the girls the new HDX and it says it’s not a compatible app. I’m thinking of installing on my galaxy 3 instead. If I do this can I switch later once amazon gets this fixed? The amazon feedback is really negative with complaints of the hdx not working with it.

  5. Bryce December 25, 2013 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    Same as Jill. Amazon app store won’t initiate download on HDX 7″. Says incompatible. But we also bought an HD 7″ and it downloaded without issue.

  6. nicola hughes December 26, 2013 at 11:40 am - Reply

    I have a kindle fire HDX 7″, the latest version, and when I search for furby boom app it returns zero results

    • Eric
      admin December 26, 2013 at 8:41 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the info Nicola, Its apparent that the new Kindle HDx models arent recognized as being compatible for some unknown strange reason. You could try “SideLoading” the app onto your device, or just hang in there until Hasbro gets the app updated.

  7. Melanie December 26, 2013 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    Please let me know when the app is available for the Kindle Fire HDX 7″. My daughter got both for Christmas and would love to use the app to enhance the features of her Furby. Thank you!

    • Eric
      admin December 26, 2013 at 8:31 pm - Reply

      I’m praying that the updated app for the HDX models will come out soon, there’s no reason I can imagine why they aren’t available already!

  8. Tanya December 26, 2013 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    We have a kindle fire hd 7″ (purchased in June 2013) and a kindle fire hdx 7″ (purchased a few weeks ago). The app downloaded and works on the hd 7″ no problem. As Jill above mentioned, it is not even an option to download for the HDX. I tried going through the web to download it but it say it cannot download because it is incompatible. I would really love for this to be resolved as the furby belongs to the child with the hdx 7″ and we want it on that kindle.

  9. Tia's mom December 27, 2013 at 5:27 am - Reply

    Got my daughter a furby boom and kindle hdx. App does not work. Device says app not supported. Please help.

  10. Julie December 28, 2013 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    We also got a furby boom and HDX this christmas, but we can’t download the app.

    • Eric
      admin December 29, 2013 at 3:11 am - Reply

      Hi Julie, Yep, there are a lot of angry people that don’t understand why a brand new model of tablet wouldn’t be compatible. It just doesn’t make sense to me either. I have high hopes that Hasbro or Amazon will do something about this.

  11. Lisa jones December 29, 2013 at 1:26 am - Reply

    Kindle fire HDZ 7″ furby boom app unable to download ugh

  12. Rebecca December 29, 2013 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    I got my son the furby boom and a new kindle fire hdx 7 inch. I can’t even find the right app in the app store. Very disappointed. I got him the Kindle so I could have my phone back!

  13. Jocelyn January 11, 2014 at 7:22 am - Reply

    We purchased two Furby Booms today, to use on two Kindle Fire HDX units (not the 7″). Both devices downloaded the app fine, but one does not work. (It gets hung up trying to scan Furby.)

  14. saidee March 1, 2014 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    I found the app on Amazon and downloaded it. But now it will not scan the furry how many times I tried

  15. Hazel Gershfield March 26, 2014 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    Same as Saidee…app downloaded onto latest Kindle HDX..but won’t scan…no matter how many times we try.

  16. Laura April 11, 2014 at 2:09 am - Reply

    Is there any update on why Furby Boom won’t work on the Kindle Fire HDX 7″? My daughter just got one and we are extremely frustrated.

  17. Christy October 10, 2014 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    I would like to know if the issue ever got resolved. I’ve purchased my daughter a kindle fire hdx 7″ for her birthday and she’s dying for the furby.

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