MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--While Amazon Inc.’s wildly popular Kindle Fire tablet launched recently without official access to the Google Android Market, it hasn’t taken developers long to hack the code and make it work.
The hack surfaced on renowned forum for Windows Mobile and Android experts, XDA, whose community is generally among the most audacious and innovative when it comes to creative software hacking for mobile platforms.
No sooner had the Kindle Fire source code been released, XDA developers quickly figured out how to root the device, posting a “how to” on the forum for those hoping to get Google apps like Calendar, Gmail and the Android market running on it.
The hack is not a complicated one, involving a handful of APKs to download and install, but users do need to follow the instructions about which files to drop into which folders, as well as which permissions to adjust in order to get it working.
The entire process takes no more than a few minutes, even for those relatively new to Android hacking, but XDA does note that, as with any modification to system files, there is always a chance one could cause damage to their device, and says users should root at their own risk.
There are even hacks which will allow users to modify their home screens to include the Market icon onto the Kindle Fire UI.
The XDA developers responsible for the hack said some familiar apps might be missing from the market, owing to the fact that the Kindle Fire lacks certain hardware specifications needed to run them all. “However, once custom ROMs start appearing for the Kindle Fire, it is a safe bet it will no longer be the case,” wrote JolleyBoy, one of the developers on the project.
For those who own a Nook instead, not to worry, XDA has an Android market hack
for that too.