No, you cannot download apps on a Kindle Paperwhite. I was doing keyword research on Google and I came across this seemingly strange question. Apparently, there are many people out there who are looking to install apps on their Kindle Paperwhites. The query is only half strange because most of us are coming from the experiences that we get on tablets and on computers. The first thing that we do when we get new gadgets is try and make them better. And this process of enhancing involves putting on screen guards and buying cases for our devices. It also involves downloading apps onto our devices. If have bought an Android device, as an example, your first impulse will be to go to Google Play Store to get your favorite apps. But does this apply for the Kindle Paperwhite? Can you download apps on a Kindle Paperwhite?
No, you cannot download apps on a Kindle Paperwhite
Let me repeat here that no, you cannot download apps on a Kindle Paperwhite. With the Kindle, what you have is all that you are ever going to get. The only time that the software on the Paperwhite gets changed is when you get updates for the device.
Can you download apps on some e-ink readers?
Yes, there are some e readers out there on which you can download apps. A number of the large e-ink readers that are on the market come with Android. So, it means you are going to be able to go to the Google Play Store to get as many apps as you wish. However, the experience is necessarily going to be limited. Really, an e-ink reader is not a tablet. For one thing, most of them have low refresh rates. And they are all still back and white. So, even if you could watch videos on yours, the experience will not be the best. Examples of eBook readers that come with Android include;
Updating your Kindle Paperwhite
The Kindle Paperwhite is not given to gimmicks. Amazon wants you to read books on there and you are only going to be able to do so if you have minimum disruptions. Of course, the Paperwhite comes with a browser and you can get connected to the internet. However, the thing was probably only put there so you can buy books off the Kindle Store. You can browse the internet on it, yes, but the experience is going to be poor.
Now, when it comes to updates for the Kindle Paperwhite, Amazon occasionally rolls these out. However, as far as I have noticed, they haven’t really changed anything that significant during one of these updates. In fact, my Kindle Paperwhite gets updated, and I don’t even know what has changed.
So, if you are holding up hope for major updates as is the case when a new version of Android gets released, then you are in tough luck. So, there you have it. You cannot download apps on a Kindle Paperwhite. And I honestly don’t see why you would want to do so. Why spoil the amazing reading experience by installing apps on the device.