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Kindle and Google Play?

Had some questions regarding whether Google Play would work on a Kindle and if so how.  Here’s a little information.  Let us know what you’ve found.

From February 18, 2013: There are plenty of complimentary things you can say about the Kindle Fire HD. “It has a stellar collection of apps,” unfortunately isn’t one of them. Amazon has customised Android to within an inch of its virtual life and banished Google Play in favour of its own Amazon Appstore. Take a stroll down its digital aisles and you’ll find the selection somewhat underwhelming — there’s no Gmail, no Dropbox, no Instagram.

The good news is you can get access to Google Play and everything within it, as long as you don’t mind a little bit of hacking. When I say a little bit, I mean it will instantly void your warranty with Amazon.  (http://reviews.cnet.co.uk/ipad-and-tablets/how-to-get-the-google-play-store-on-the-kindle-fire-hd-50010454/)

Google Kindle?  From February 10.2014: One of the main reasons to root your Kindle Fire is so you can install the Google Play Store and have access to apps that can’t be found in the Amazon Appstore. But if you’re worried about voiding the warranty or dealing with the rooting process in general, you can sideload apps. The cool thing about this technique is it doesn’t require you to root the device first. 

What is sideloading and how do I do it?

Sideloading is the term used to describe installing an app on your Android device from a source other than an official app store. Basically, what you’re doing is transferring an APK file from your computer to your tablet or smartphone and installing it directly. Since the Kindle Fire runs a forked version of Android, this is a common practice to get the apps you like on the device.

A word of caution about sideloading apps: Ensure you’re getting them from a trusted and secure source. Some apps – especially the ones that claim to give you paid apps for free – in the shady markets contain malware that will wreck you device. We don’t condone sideloading paid apps, and in the end it will just get you into trouble.  (http://www.gizmag.com/how-to-install-google-apps-kindle-fire-hd-hdx/30736/)

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