I recently had a Kindle Fire HD LTE. I rooted it, installed the google marketplace, and was able to install the majority of my google play android apps.
I then saw there was a student discount on the basic 8.9" model, going for $200 less than I spent on the LTE version. Considering I had activated, but never even used the LTE plan, I figured it was a no-brainer to just go pure wifi.
I rooted the exchanged model, installed the store, and found that a large number of very basic apps from google play were no longer listed as compatible.
I believe the marketplace I had on the first version was quite old. It had the app listing that looked curved, and small. Clearly from before tablets were common. The Google Play store I have now is the modern version, common to regular Android tablets.
The strange thing is that it's the same device, essentially, and these were very basic apps (news, weather, etc) that ran fine on the LTE.
Is there a way for me to get my marketplace to allow me to install those apps again? I realize there are ways to modify files in order to look like a different device, but something else must be happening here, considering the LTE version was compatible (one that is far less common of a style), and the wifi only one was not (the most common 8.9").
Any thoughts on why it's giving me a hard time on the wifi-version, using the more recent play store?
//One thing I was thinking about was the fact that the LTE version has GPS built in. Most of these apps probably had, in one way or another, an ability to use GPS. On the other hand, none of them required GPS to function properly, and 99% of the time I had GPS disabled. Should I risk tricking my google play store marketplace into thinking it's the LTE version? I've heard some risky things about doing things like that, and would be in over my head.
EDIT: I renamed the device in the build.drop, to the same name as the LTE edition, and nothing changed. I'm not sure if there's more to edit than the basic device model name, but that didn't fix it.