One of the shortcomings of the Amazon Kindle Fire is the fact that it doesn’t support the Android Market. Of course, Amazon did this on purpose to encourage app purchases through its own Android app store, but doing this limits the variety of apps that can be downloaded. In addition, an Android user cannot take advantage of apps purchased through the Android Market on the Kindle Fire if it only allows the Amazon Android app store. Fortunately, if you root your Amazon Kindle Fire, then you will be able to sideload the Android Market and have access to nearly all the apps contained in the Market. To begin with, the Kindle Fire must be rooted and install the Root Explorer app. After that, you must enable “Allow Installation of Application From Unknown Sources.” Now, you must download GoogleServicesFramework.apk and the Vending.apk (Latest Version 3.3.11). Simply follow the steps as outlined by BriefMobile, but be warned that the Kindle Fire may not function properly following completion of the steps below. As always, proceed with caution and at your own risk.
- 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.
- Install an alternate UI in order to view the Android Market