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How can YouTube users watch videos on the Kindle Fire?

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YouTube users can watch videos on the Kindle Fire using YouTube's mobile website. They can access the website in the Amazon Silk web browser, which is similar to using YouTube in a computer web browser.

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The Kindle Fire does not allow access to a stand alone YouTube application. Google, which owns YouTube, is one of Amazon's major competitors, so Amazon restricts access to Google services and applications. Other Google applications such as Gmail, Chrome and Google Maps are also not available for the Kindle Fire. Users can access Gmail in the Silk browser.

Users who want to access video content using applications can try a number of other video applications, including Vimeo. Like YouTube, Vimeo is a streaming video service that lets users upload and share their own videos, watch videos and subscribe to channels. Users do not need to have a Vimeo account to use the application, but they must log into an account to access features such as commenting and the "View Later" option. The Vimeo application requires Android Gingerbread or later versions.

The Kindle Fire supports several popular streaming services, such as Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and HBO Go. Subscribers to these services can access all movies and TV shows included in their subscription on their devices.

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