I actually reported before that the touchscreen responsiveness is not great. It will register a tap (noted by the click or animation of the tile) and often not actually process and I have to tap again. Not terrible but not great.
What part did you get stuck at? Last I checked, the “Downloader” app mentioned in some of the earlier articles is no longer on the Amazon app store, but the X-plore approach works if you have another Android device to do the transfer with.
The dashboard having a camera on it or not doesn’t really change things. You may want to configure some settings in fully so it stays in the foreground. And there’s a setting for returning to your start url in fully after some time if you want that to happen automatically after you navigate to another dashboard page.
I believe Amazon disabled the functionality of the Files app which was necessary for installing sideloaded apps.
X-plore is still working and you can transfer files and APKs to your Echo Show 15, but you can’t install them anymore as that required using the built-in Files app since it was whitelisted to perform installs.
If anyone figures out a way around this, I’m sure the community would be interested in learning.
That’s the alternative app / approach I shared with Stan ~ Dec’ 2022 when Amazon blocked the Downloader app that most people had been using. But this is just the first step of getting the Fully Kiosk APK onto the device. The next step is to actually install the APK with the Files app.
In early 2023, Amazon swapped out the default Files app which is what had the required permissions to install APKs. As such, you can’t actually install the APK anymore.
I haven’t seen any workarounds for actually installing APKs on the Echo Show 15 since Amazon changed the Files app in early 2023.