The Kindle Fire Gingerbread tablet seems to be on fire! I earlier provided a guide: How To Root Amazon Kindle Fire In One Click And Get ADB Working. The rooting of Kindle Fire has now created endless possibilities for this great new tablet. Recently, Google Apps and Android Market got ported to Kindle Fire. In this post I will show you the procedure to install Android Market applications on Kindle Fire. The credit for this goes to “Jolleyboy” at XDA-Developers for sharing this method with us.
Here is a break down of the apps package that Jolleyboy has provided, carries:
- Google Services Framework
- Android Market
- Street View
- Dolphin Browser
- Go Launcher
Disclaimer: Follow this guide at your own risk. WML Cloud and it’s team members will not be responsible if your device gets damaged or bricked during the below mentioned process.
A rooted Kindle Fire. See instructions here.
ES File Explorer installed from the Amazon App store.
Google Apps plus a few more Android Apps
Android Market app (Alternate APK, incase the one present with in the package does not work)
Market Icon for the Kindle UI courtesy of “Munday”.
Step 1: To get started, download Google Apps from the link given above and extract them.
Step 2: Now, download the Market Icon.
Step 3: Connect your Kindle Fire device to the PC in mass storage mode and copy the apps to a recognizable folder on the root of your SD card.
Step 4: Once copied, remove the device “as a storage device” and run ES File Explorer
Step 5: Browse to the folder with the applications and select GoogleServicesFramework.apk to install it.
Step 6: Restart the device after installation.
Step 7: Now repeat Step 3 for all the apps you want to install on your Kindle device, except for Vending.apk.
Step 8: Now, to install the Android Market appyou will have to push the Vending.apk to the /System/app folder on your device.
Step 9: In ES File Explorer, do enable root access so that you can navigate to /system/app.
Step 10: Once there, you will have to change the permission for that folder from Read Only (R/O) to Read Write (R/W).
Step 11: Browse to Vending.apk and copy the app to /System/app.
Step 12: After it is copied, change the permissions of the file to RW-R-R, which should be the same for all other applications in that particular folder.
Step 13: When all is done, reboot your device now.
Step 14: Install the MarketOpener.apk as well via ES File Explorer. This application will allow you to see the Android Market icon with in the Kindle user interface, which was not possible earlier and alternative Launchers were required.
Step 15: Try to launch the Market and just incase it force closes after rebooting, navigate to Settings –> Applications -> Third Party, to find “Market” in the list. Select it, clear all data and try again.
For more information, updates and queries, visit the XDA-Developers forum link given below.