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Learn How-To Install Android Market on Kindle Fire


Kindle Fire is a hot topic these days (no pun intended). And things are also 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. Below are the steps…

Prerequisites

  • Root your Kindle Fire
  • Download the following apks (You are on your own finding them, I’d rather not link them here)
    • GoogleServicesFramework.apk
    • 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”

Instructions

  1. Transfer the .apk files to your Kindle Fire via PC / Mac (remember where you put them)
  2. Open Root Explorer App, and navigate to the transferred .apk files
  3. Select the GoogleServiceFramework.apk and install
  4. When complete, click “Done” and return to the file location for Vending.apk
  5. Long-press Vending.apk and select the “Move” option on pop-up menu
  6. Navigate to /system/app folder
  7. Change mount option from RO to RW (read-only to read-write)
  8. Paste Vending.apk into the /system/app folder
  9. Long-press Vending.apk and select “Permissions” from pop-up menu
  10. Change permissions to match all other apps in this folder (rw-r-r-)
  11. Reboot your Kindle Fire
  12. Once reboot is complete, select Market App and log-in as usual.
  13. Enjoy!

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.

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