April Fools Day is once again upon us and as usual, tech companies everywhere have not failed to keep us entertained. With a trove of fantastic faux product launches and even some real product launches that were taken as April Fools jokes, people have been busy releasing their hilarious ideas. With many of these jokes being nostalgic and some even being functional it's easy to appreciate the spirit behind them. Samsung Galaxy Blade Edge In a reference to the Galaxy...
Kindle Fire Now Rocking Android Market and the Rest of the Google Apps
Just yesterday, we wrote about how the Kindle Fire is poised to become the next hackable and budget-friendly tablet of choice. With a specifications sheet eerily similar to tablets costing twice as much or more, it’s no wonder that the Fire has sparked intense developer interest. It is precisely this fascination, which lead to the Fire being rooted so promptly after release. However, although gaining root privileges is cool in its own right, being able to use root access to unlock functionality is even better.
Thanks to some easy-to-follow instructions compiled by XDA forum member Jolleyboy, we now have full Google Apps access on the Fire. This means that we are no longer restricted to Amazon’s curated Appstore. Instead, we now have free roam across the entire expanse of the official Android Market. The other Google-graced usual suspects such as Gmail, Talk, Youtube, Maps, Reader, Google+, and Voice are also present and accounted for. In the words of the developer:
I’ve had a couple requests to post step by step directions for how I got my Google apps working. Be forewarned, you’re going to have to restart your kindle a few times. If you don’t restart it this won’t work.
This download includes:
Google Services Framework
As well as some goodies that everyone needs:
Kindle Fire owners, you want this. Head over to the original thread to get started. Now. Just be sure to tread carefully. There’s always the risk of your brand new toy becoming a paperweight if you’re not careful.
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