Install Android Marketplace and Google Apps on Amazon Kindle Fire

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The first thing the Amazon Kindle Fire is Missing is the Google Framework API. Instead of works on Amazon’s API. This limits many different things you can do with your device.

Not only is the fix easy, but doesn’t even require root access to the phone. You just need to enable “install outside applications”.

More advanced applications like the Android Market and Calendar do require complex configurations, so for those of you who just want your apps to work now here is…

The Quick and Dirty Step by Step:

  1. Menu -> Settings ->Device -> Allow Installation of Applications -> On.
  2. Install File Management Software.
    1. Root Explorer, ES File Explorer or DropBox.
  3. Find the App you want to Use on your previous Android device, or online.
    1. Option 1: Install Astro on your Android Device and use the “Backup” feature to create an APK on your SD card
      1. Make sure that you setup Astro to use the SD Card
        1. Click File Manager -> Menu Button ->Preferences ->Backup Directory -> Browse Folder /mnt/sdcard-ext
    2. Option 2: Find an APK Online
  4. Copy the Contents to your PC’s Hard Disk.
  5. Download this file Kindle Google Apps which contains many common Google Apps you probably want to use and also download this key file: GoogleFrameworkServices.apk
  6. Copy the Contents of these  to your Kindle Fire, most importantly GoogleFrameworkServices.apk
    1. You can skip the copying step if you copy your files on your PC to your dropbox folder and open them in your Kindle Fire.
  7. Open ES File Explorer or Dropbox to find the files you have copied.
  8. Open GoogleFrameworkServices.apk and install.
    1. If you are having trouble with this step, try using the Amazon App Store App “EasyInstaller“. Just remembered that worked for me. I did not need root for this step.
      1. Try rebooting your device before installing also, rebooting the Kindle seems to solve a lot of problems when loading the APK’s.
  9. Restart your Kindle
  10. Install Gmail or any other Google app that requires a sign on.
  11. Sign on to Google.
  12. Install the rest of your software. (it will use your primary Google Account.)
  13. Restart your Kindle
  14. Enjoy!
Thanks to XDA Forums for the methods and troubleshooting and Sasha Segan from PC Mag for the initial intro on how to do it!

 

For the more Advanced and Adventurous-

Installing the Google Android Market:

  1. Download and Install Android SDK
  2. Update Android SDK to Latest, including USB Drivers.
    1. If you have trouble updating the Android SDK try closing everything navigating to the folder in command prompt, and running android.bat out of the /tools folder. Thanks Mobile World for this fix.
  3. Configure your %USERPROFILE%/.android/adb_usb.ini to include “0×1949″
    1. Note: If the file or the folder do not exist, you MUST create it! Input it without the “”.
  4. In the command prompt (windows + r, type cmd, press enter) Navigate to your Android SDK Install directory under platform-tools (cd /program files (x86)/android/platform-tools/) and run adb kill-server then adb devices to check and see if your Amazon Kindle shows up.
    1. If the Driver doesnt work replace your android_winusb.inf with this one.
    2. You will then have to update the driver for your device (in Device Manager, look for your Kindle with an Exclamation mark on it, inspect it and click Update Driver…navigate to where the android_winusb.inf is in your Android SDK Directory)
  5. If your Kindle is Visible in ADB Download SuperOneClick v2.1.1
  6. Run it and Root your Phone
  7. Use Root Explorer (Can buy from Amazon App Store) to Copy A Market APK Backup to /system/apps
    1. Click the R/O Button to R/W if you can’t copy properly.
  8. Use Root Explorer CHMOD /system/apps to Full Access (777)
  9. Run the Market APK From the /system/apps directory.
  10. Install the Market APK
  11. Restart the Kindle Fire
  12. You should be able to install applications now!

Installing Google Calendar Sync

Another tough one is Google Calendar Sync. You can just install the App, but it wont connect to your Google Account.

You need these two files:  Google Calendar APK’s

The technique is pretty simple, and similar to the Android Market Installation.
  1. Using Root Explorer you need to copy GoogleCalendarSyncAdapter.apk into /system/apps and change its permissions to 777 or full open.
  2. Then you can run the Calendar.apk and install it.
  3. On Reboot, you should have your calendar syncing with your Kindle! Congrats!
Thanks Technipages for helping me realize I was missing the adb_usb.ini file!

All problems solved! Now it is a real tablet! A really cheap tablet to boot!

 

  • MaryBeth Carroll

    Hi. Trying to install GoogleFrameworkServices.apk and I get “application not installed”. Any ideas?

    • http://www.geilt.com Geilt
    • Jeff

      GoogleFrameworkServices.apk is to move/copy to /system/app folder only. it’s calendar.apk that you install. Read the instruction above again. I got it working.

    • Syd

      I had the same issue.
      Just try a different .apk of the same file.
      Should work, atleast it did for me.
      Use the one provided here : http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1349902
      Download the gapps.rar file, that contains GoogleFrameworkServices.apk & all other necessary file if required.

      @geilt
      Thanks a lot.
      The Calendar Syncing worked flawlessly for me.

    • Ponyboy

      I get the same issue. I can’t figure out what to do. Easy Installer is useless, It must be an updated version of the firmware that keeps it from installing.

  • Rick

    Same as MaryBeth. “application not installed”

  • Carlos G. Limardo

    Seems like I figured it out. Your GoogleFrameworkServices.apk seems to be corrupted or something missing. I tried the one from XDA (http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1349902) and it seemed to work. Besides that everything else seems good! Thanks!

    Now to get ADW working, FCing right now.

    • http://www.geilt.com Geilt

      Great glad to hear it. Funny because I got my copy off of that forums also, not sure why it doesn’t work.

  • http://amazeline.com Liza Fisher

    I think this will be the reason I’m gonna buy myself an Amazon Kindle Fire because I’m really into reading eBooks and have an Android-ish feel to it in one gadget.

  • Guest

    Sorry but when you say change permissions on the google calendar apk file, how exactly do you do that?

  • Malitard

    There is an issue with this calendar application. It has a grey bar at the top of the screen that blocks the numbers of the top line of the calendar. Anyone else having this issue? Is there a newer or better calendar.apk file?

  • Nikolette Chapman

    Awesome! Thanks!! Business Calendar is now syncing to my Google Calendar.

  • C Adair

    just followed your calendar sync steps, but it didn’t work. my gmail account shows up under the calendar app, but says “no calendars.” Any ideas?

    • http://www.geilt.com Geilt

      Did you tell it which calendars to display in calendar settings?

      • C Adair

        Actually, now when I try to open the calendar app, it just says “Unfortunately, Calendar has stopped.”

  • Charles Cohen

    any thoughts about getting google contacts to sync? I seem to have all the parts in place with all the right permissions and not only does the app not appear, but the kindle contacts app shows no sign of being up to date. Thanks to your discussion i was able to get the calendar working beautifully. I use business calendar btw. thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=522022159 Rebecca Jane Lockley

    It isn’t installing for me and I have tried all of the suggestions on your post as well as downloaded the file from the other site listed. Any suggestions? I’m not sure I want to root my kindle, as I still want to be able to use the amazon store for books and lovefilm for films, but I’d like to have easier access to my google programs!

  • Roland

    thanks man this is the best post, i was getting frustrated here in Africa with my kindle, i i know i can add stuffs. Can anybody tell me where i can download free games apps?
    thanks again for the post

  • Joe S

    Guess you didn’t know, not all Kindle Fire’s have SD cards.

  • mikm27

    For the GoogleCalendarSyncAdapter.apk, I’m trying to change it’s permissions but I don’t see how do this in Root Explorer. A long press on the filename brings up the options but none of them allow me to change the file permissions. Please let me know what I’m missing.

  • Juliette

    To get google translate’s voice input to work on the Kindle Fire HD you need to have the Google Voice Search sideloaded. I looked up ” Google Voice_Search_2.1.4.apk ” which is the latest as of this writing and eventually found a working one to download. I had already installed the Google services framework on my Kindle, so I am not sure if that is necessary to have first, but I wanted to let everyone know about my success in getting Google translate to work fully.