Amazon’s new Fire tablet has been getting a lot of attention these days, thanks to its $50 unbeatable price tag. Primarily, the 7 inch Android tablet doesn’t have stellar specs, but the hardware is not awful and the price is hard to beat either. But what if you don’t want to be locked into Amazon’s app and media ecosystem, and you wanted even more, explore more of Amazon?
Sure, you can install apps like Netflix and HBO Go if you’d prefer to get your videos from non-Amazon sources where you can usually enjoy. But if you really want to open up the tablet unrestraint, you might want to install the Google Play Store, which offers access to hundreds of thousands of great Android apps.
Though it may seems so complicated and tricky, it turns out it’s pretty easy to do that… and you don’t even need to root your Android tablet. Some may require Android rooting inorder to access exclusive apps.
Developers have posted tools and instructions for installing the Google Services Framework and Google Play Store apps in forums where you can download and make use of. You can follow these simple steps to get the access without rooting.
Here’s what you’ll do, basically it requires connecting the tablet to a Windows PC and running a batch file that will connect to the tablet via adb and load all of the necessary apps and files needed for the procedure. After that’s done, you’ll have to wait about 10 minutes before doing anything, so that the Google services app automatically updates.
If you’re into scripts, if you’d prefer not to use a script, there are also instructions for doing things manually, by installing a series of apps including the Services Framework, Google Account Manager, and Google Play Store.
There are lots of videos posted a on the internet showing the install process, you only have to choose the best way to do it.
Not only will this let you download and install third-party apps from the Play Store, but the framework will let you run other Google apps that primarily wouldn’t work on an Amazon tablet, which includes Gmail, Google Chrome, and the official YouTube app.
None of this is officially supported by Google or Amazon though, so you may run into some problems or relevant issues. Google’s Inbox email app, for instance, does not work.
Still, it’s a good thing to know that you can kind of transform Amazon’s $50 Fire tablet into a full-fledged unchained Android tablet without even rooting the device or installing a custom ROM, or at least you can for now… there’s no telling if Amazon will block support for Google services in a future software update or somewhere down the process. So you might want to find a method for disabling over-the-air updates and so.