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My Stunningly Beautiful Kindle Fire – Root, ADB, Google Market and Google Apps.

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Latest Goto: Update 6.2.2


Post Amazon update 6.2.1

On the historic date of December 20th, 2011, Amazon pushed out software version 6.2.1 to its Kindle Fire. The update was fairly minor — its main additions had to do with improved scrolling and WiFi passwords — but it brought about one devastating change: it broke all previous methods of root.

How To Root

How to prevent automatic updates


Pre Amazon update 6.2.1

http://www.pcworld.com/article/244303/how_to_root_your_kindle_fire.html

Quick and Dirty

[ROOT][ONE-CLICK][UPDATED 11-30-11] Get ADB running AND Root with SuperOneClick

[GUIDE] Install Full Android Market on Kindle Fire (Compilation Master Thread)

Notes on how I did it. In case I ever need to do it again ;-)

So I bought my Kindle Fire and its great :-) but the Amazon Appstore doesn’t work in the UK :-|

So I need to install the Android Market on it, and to do that I need to Root my Kindle fire :-)

Note: I’m mainly a Linux guy but all of the online guides and some of the programs needed are Windows, so I took the quick and dirty route and went with the flow (I used my Win7 laptop).

Downloads

On my Win7 Laptop I have:

gapps


Directory of F:\Users\sil\Downloads\gapps

24/11/2011  23:48    <DIR>          .
24/11/2011  23:48    <DIR>          ..
16/11/2011  21:43         3,369,731 com.amarket.apk
16/11/2011  01:05         3,730,612 com.gau.go.launcherex-1.apk
16/11/2011  17:08         2,194,950 com.google.android.apps.books-1.apk
16/11/2011  17:37         2,102,420 com.google.android.apps.googlevoice-1.apk
16/11/2011  17:23         6,222,739 com.google.android.apps.maps-1.apk
16/11/2011  17:23         8,054,357 com.google.android.apps.plus-1.apk
16/11/2011  17:23         1,713,515 com.google.android.apps.reader-1.apk
16/11/2011  22:01         2,198,827 com.google.android.gm-2.apk
16/11/2011  17:20         2,238,785 com.google.android.gsf-2.apk
16/11/2011  17:55           296,419 com.google.android.street-1.apk
16/11/2011  17:55         1,641,145 com.google.android.talk-1.apk
16/11/2011  22:13         2,234,891 com.google.android.youtube-2.apk
16/11/2011  01:35         6,364,805 com.netflix.mediaclient-1.apk
16/11/2011  22:01         1,627,326 com.pandora.android-2.apk
24/11/2011  23:48         2,129,720 ES File Explorer_1.6.0.8.apk
21/07/2011  02:54         2,238,785 GoogleServicesFramework.apk
24/11/2011  22:52            50,870 MarketOpener.apk
16/11/2011  01:21         3,479,375 mobi.mgeek.TunnyBrowser-1.apk
24/11/2011  22:50         3,369,731 Vending.apk
19 File(s)     55,259,003 bytes
2 Dir(s)  18,166,456,320 bytes free

gapps.rar
Vending.apk
SuperOneClickv2.2-ShortFuse.zip

Directory of F:\Users\sil\Downloads\SuperOneClickv2.2-ShortFuse

24/11/2011  21:42    <DIR>          .
24/11/2011  21:42    <DIR>          ..
24/11/2011  21:42    <DIR>          ADB
24/11/2011  21:42            17,920 AdbInterface.dll
24/11/2011  21:42    <DIR>          Dependencies
24/11/2011  21:42            12,800 DriverInstaller.dll
24/11/2011  21:42    <DIR>          Drivers
24/11/2011  21:42    <DIR>          Exploits
24/11/2011  21:42    <DIR>          Root
24/11/2011  21:42           390,656 SuperOneClick.exe
24/11/2011  21:42            23,552 UpdateCheck.dll
4 File(s)        444,928 bytes
7 Dir(s)  18,166,456,320 bytes free

installer_r15-windows.exe (Android SDK installer).
jdk-7u1-windows-x64.exe
Ninite 7Zip.exe

Copy gapps and ES File Explorer to your Kindle Fire

Connect a lead from the Kindle Fire to your PC and copy these packages across.

com.amarket.apk was in here as well originaly but IIRC it was moved at some point following the instructions in the guide.

Updates to the guides:

The catch 22 is that you need an application installed on the Kindle Fire so that you can install applications and run them :-)

    1. I couldn’t obtain the “Root Explorer App” from the Amazon Appstore so I used “ES File Explorer” instead.
    2. I installed it on my android phone and then backed it up, using its own backup app feature, then copied it across from the phone to my PC.
    3. On the laptop at the command line, I used a command in ADB to install “ES File Explorer_1.6.0.8.apk ” on to the Kindle Fire.
    4. adb install <path_to_apk>
    5. Then I used a beta feature of ES File Explorer to mount the root partition (Which you need at one point to install Google Market to the right location).
  • Where the guide refers to Vending.apk IIRC it should read com.amarket.apk

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January 11, 2012 at 10:18 pm

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