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Getting Started with Console OS

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Using Android

Console OS with Android is (as the name implies) built to stay truly Android-compatible. If this is your first experience with Android, we encourage you to visit Android.com and learn about how Android works across phones, PCs, tablets, TVs... and now PCs too!

Check out Obtaining Console OS to download Console OS the Release Notes for release-specific installation steps. Also, check the Devices pages for device-specific details.


How do I get apps onto Console OS devices?

All releases of Console OS currently include the Amazon Appstore for Android. You can also transfer (sideload) APK's (Android Apps) from another Android device.

To sideload apps, you need to go into Settings > Security and enable Unknown Apps.

Be sure to install an antivirus app from the Appstore first, unless you obtain sideloaded apps from a trusted source. We hope to add native antivirus support to Console OS in an upcoming release.

Touch

Not all PCs support touch. In general, Console OS supports most HDMI and DVI monitors that include a touchscreen.

If your PC does not support touch, you usually can use your mouse - but you may not be able to perform multitouch functions. Some PC trackpads will simulate a multitouch surface inside Console OS.

The lack of multitouch is generally not an issue today. Modern Android app design guidelines presume that not all devices/scenarios may present a multitouch surface. If you find an app that requires a multitouch surface, consider contacting the app's developer, and ask that they update their app to remove such a requirement.


Storage Devices

In general, you cannot access data stored on a Windows-formatted partition. This is due to NTFS and ExFAT are not presently supported by Android natively - this is not a limitation of Console OS. That said, we are working on adding additional file formats to Console OS in the future.

Console OS supports FAT and ExtFS-formatted storage devices via USB. Most built-in SD and microSD card slots should also work.

To mount a USB device, just plug it in. To unmount a USB device, go to Settings -> Storage and select from the available unmount options.


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