Kindle Fire is a hot topic these days (no pun intended). Yesterday, I told you guys about Amazon releasing the source code for the Fire then, shortly after, we found out the device had been rooted. Fast forward to today, where we now find out the Android Market is now easily installable on the budget tablet. Things are moving fast around here.
BriefMobile was kind enough to point out the steps necessary and while there’s nothing here that’s too tricky for the average user (I prefer this more user friendly method of using a file manager over ADB), there is still always the risk of breaking something when altering or playing around with system files. Here’s the steps:
- Root your Kindle Fire
- Download the following apks (You are on your own finding them, I’d rather not link them here)
- Vending.apk (Latest Version 3.3.11)
- Root Explorer App (or similar that lets you change ro/rw permissions)
- Side Loading Apps activated on Kindle Fire
- On the Kindle Fire Settings screen, go to “Device” and turn On “Allow Installation of Application From Unknown Sources”
- Transfer the .apk files to your Kindle Fire via PC / Mac (remember where you put them)
- Open Root Explorer App, and navigate to the transferred .apk files
- Select the GoogleServiceFramework.apk and install
- When complete, click “Done” and return to the file location for Vending.apk
- Long-press Vending.apk and select the “Move” option on pop-up menu
- Navigate to /system/app folder
- Change mount option from RO to RW (read-only to read-write)
- Paste Vending.apk into the /system/app folder
- Long-press Vending.apk and select “Permissions” from pop-up menu
- Change permissions to match all other apps in this folder (rw-r–r–)
- Reboot your Kindle Fire
- Once reboot is complete, select Market App and log-in as usual.
Seeing how the Kindle Fire isn’t “supposed” to have the Android Market, you may notice a few apps missing (developers will later have to add support for the device). Until then, this is going to have to do — and it ain’t so bad.
The Kindle Fire’s Launcher won’t show the Market app for some reason, so you need to side load a third-party launcher and use that to launch Market
GoogleServiceFramework.apk won’t install. Market shows up in the Kindle launcher, but says that an account must be created to continue, yes/no? and quits in either case.
yes, this apps is not showing in market.
Does the Appstore on the Fire do background installations (it cannot on my phone)? Also, can users who rooted their Fire now remove their root and keep the Market?
The Amazon Appstore was updated recently and it does background downloads on phones and prompts you in the status bar to install the app. It’s better, but not as convenient as the Android Market. Not sure about the FIRE.