If you’re like me, your excitement about Amazon’s $50 Fire Tablet lasted right up to the point it became clear that your app and general content will be limited to Amazon’s Store offerings. That is not to say that Amazon doesn’t offer some quality choices but it still lacks some core apps and services, including the entire Google suite. Still, to many, fifty bucks for a a very competent tablet is worth some understandable sacrifices. Some wonderful folks at XDA have made sure that is no longer necessary and have posted a simple way to put the entire Google Play Store and services on the budget Fire.
Before you jump in (and let’s face it, why wouldn’t you at this point), you should know that even though no rooting is required, the process goes slightly beyond simply flashing a couple APKs. However, with very clear instructions and all files provided in the thread at XDA there is really almost no way to screw this up.
So far the only reported bugs have been with getting the Inbox app to work. Otherwise, the Play store loads with no issues; free and paid apps install without any setbacks; and all sign-in and two-factor authentications work as they should. Please keep in mind that this has only been tested on the 2015 Fire, 7″ Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB. So please don’t go trying this on other Fire tablets until someone tells you it’s ok. As usual, even with something this simple, there are always risks of ruining your device… but you have to try really hard to do so in this case.
DISCLAIMER: We have not tried this ourselves so we cannot confirm if it does indeed work or if there are any bugs.
Here is the link to the XDA page with all instructions and file links: XDA Thread
For those interested in picking up this suddenly-much-more-useful tablet you can grab one one here: Amazon Fire 7″ Tablet
So anyone changing their minds and picking one up now that it can run all of the Play apps? Let us know in the comments below or on social media.