How To Install Android Market & Google Apps On Kindle Fire

kindle_fireThe Kindle Fire Gingerbread tablet is for sure on fire! Earlier we covered a guide on how to root the Kindle Fire and that has paved the way for what may be endless possibilities for the awesome tablet. Google Apps along with the much important Android Market, have now been ported to the tablet, making sure that the device is a huge hit amongst Android fans, and possibly hope to take on the iPad 2 considering the price difference. However, Google Apps and the Android Market can now be installed on the tablet and we’re here to show you just how you can do that! Of course, credits to Jolleyboy over at XDA-Developers for sharing his method with us that seems to be working out quite nicely.

Here’s the break down of the apps you the app package Jolleyboy has provided, carries:

  • Google Services Framework
  • Android Market
  • Books
  • Voice
  • Maps
  • Google+
  • Reader
  • Gmail
  • Street View
  • Youtube
  • GTalk
  • Netflix
  • Pandora
  • Dolphin Browser
  • Go Launcher

Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.


Requirements:

Instructions:

  1. To begin, download the Google Apps from the link above and extract them. Download the Market Icon as well.
  2. Connect the Kindle Fire to your computer in mass storage mode and copy the apps to a recognizable folder on the root of your SD card.
  3. Once copied, remove the device as a storage device and run ES File Explorer on the device. Browse to the folder with all the apps and select GoogleServicesFramework.apk to install it.
  4. Once installed, restart the device.
  5. Now go ahead and repeat Step 3 for all the apps you want installed on your device except for Vending.apk.
  6. Moving on, time to install the Android Market app which is slightly tricky. So be sure about what you’re doing as this involves pushing the Vending.apk to the /System/app folder on your device.
  7. In ES File Explorer, make sure to enable Root Explorer and Mount File System, so that you have complete read/write access in the /system partition.
  8. Browse to Vending.apk and copy the app to /System/app.
  9. Once copied, keep the file pressed and select Properties. Change the permissions of the file to: User= Read, Write | Group= Read | Other= Read.
  10. All done, simply reboot the device now.
  11. Once done, install the MarketOpener.apk as well via ES File Explorer. This app will allow you to see the Android Market icon in the Kindle UI which was not possible earlier and alternate Launchers had to be used.

That’s all! Try to launch the Market and incase it force closes after restarting, navigate to Settings > Applications > Third Party to find Market in the list. Select it, clear all data for it and try again.

For updates and queries, visit the forum thread at XDA-Developers.

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  • Andrew Kenady

    Google talk keeps force closing… what am I doing wrong?!?

  • Andrew Kenady

    Google talk keeps force closing… what am I doing wrong?!?

  • Anonymous

    This seems stupid, but I can’t how to change permissions from ES File Explorer even though I have superuser permissions enabled.

  • Anonymous

    These instructions do not work.  I get to trying to move the vending.apk file to the system/apps folder and ES file explorer will not work in Root mode.  You need more details in your explanation.

  • Anonymous

    So your step #7 says to enable root access in ES File Explorer but when I try it states that it failed.  Argggh!

    • http://www.addictivetips.com Zayed Rehman

      Root access can be enabled by entering Settings, and enabling ‘Root explorer’ & ‘Mount File System’.

      This should enable the read/write access on the system partition.

      I changed the instructions as well. My apologies for the trouble, hope this works out for you or anyone else that drops by here =]

  • http://twitter.com/PatrickCRoberts Patrick C. Roberts

    ES File Explorer no longer allows root access on the Kindle Fire!  Help?  I own Root Explorer, but can’t figure out how to get it off my phone and onto the Kindle.

  • SAAD

    does it work on sony tablet s

    • Isra

      yes

  • Lrluisro

    ES File Explorer doesn’t allow me to enable Root Explorer. It says this feature cannot run on my phone. Help?

  • CJ456

    To install it correctly make sure to press the little button above that says (mount R/W (which means read/write)) that’s how you can move the files to their place, press it again to put it in read only mode
    (if you think this is helpful please press the like button ;)

  • dv pv

    Awesome bro !!! Excellent …worked smoothly 

  • SilH

    I don’t get an option to copy the vending.apk even by long-pressing it. I do have Root Explorer and Mount File System enabled on ES File Explorer

  • manson

    i seem to have issues downloading the Google apps.APK any downloads?

  • Faizan Khan

    Hi there… can som1 tel me that how u have installed the google play store on ur kindle fire i want it too on my kindle fire device which i was not able to do and plz let me know step by step. as i want to use some apps like whatsapp, gtalk messenger, facebook messsenger and some others…u can write me on my email ID its faizy_khan23@rediffmail.com… i will be thanful to u there…