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I hacked my Kindle Fire HD8...

Old 11-21-2017, 02:30 PM
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Default I hacked my Kindle Fire HD8...

and installed the Navionics app from Google Play.

This week I am going to do some fiddling and try and borrow the GPS signal via WIFI from my Garmin 741xs and try to tether it to the Kindle so I run the Kindle as a secondary chart plotter.

This would give me a secondary navigation on what is essentially a throw away low cost device ($80) with a great bright display and totally readable when mounted in my electronics box. Hope it works and I can report my results here.

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Old 11-22-2017, 04:34 AM
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I look forward to seeing all the tech savvy guys hacking the readily available low cost electronics!

Depending on the outcome, I may be spending some Amazon bux!!
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Old 11-22-2017, 08:45 AM
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On the same theme...
I just purchased a FireHD 10, side loaded Google Play Store and was able to get my Navionics application working.


The fireHD tablets are nice but the Amazon App Library is a joke... You need Play Store
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Old 11-22-2017, 12:35 PM
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The IOT is going to end up terribly.

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Old 12-25-2018, 08:34 AM
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Originally Posted by SEATOAD View Post
and installed the Navionics app from Google Play.

This week I am going to do some fiddling and try and borrow the GPS signal via WIFI from my Garmin 741xs and try to tether it to the Kindle so I run the Kindle as a secondary chart plotter.

This would give me a secondary navigation on what is essentially a throw away low cost device ($80) with a great bright display and totally readable when mounted in my electronics box. Hope it works and I can report my results here.

Stay tuned!
Did the Navionics work well for you on your Kindle? Would you recommend the Kindle hd8 for this? I'm​considering a Kindle
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Old 12-25-2018, 08:37 AM
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If you use RipCharts it does the same thing (charts & gos) plus you get all the satellite data.
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Old 12-27-2018, 04:26 PM
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It will work but its way more complicated than it seemed at first. Kindle to Android phone to garmin. Easier to just buy a used ipad
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Old 12-28-2018, 01:32 PM
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I bought myself a Fire HD10 for the same purpose, use on the boat for a backup chartplotter. I have a Qstarz Bluetooth GPS that I use with my Surface Pro 3 but cant get it to connect to the HD10. So I bought a usb GPS but cannot get it to connect. The wifi position sort of works but is inaccurate and only works when I have wifi available.
I managed to get the Google Play store app installed and was able to download/purchase the Navionics app but it is almost useless without an active GPS.
If anybody manages to get a GPS to connect to an HD10, let the world know how you did it. I give up.
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Old 12-29-2018, 05:12 AM
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I will look into this now. I'm amazed that the HD series doesn't have GPS built in.

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Old 12-29-2018, 05:28 AM
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Just as I expected. Amazon is just being a Jackwagon.....

Solution.

I will pickup an HD10 today and play around with this. Too bad I didn't during the Black Friday sales. :/ Oh well.
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