[Hack] Kindle Guide for Transformation to Android Tablet
This is a guide to transform your Kindle Fire 2 Generation into a full working android tablet (Android UI, Google APPS, Play Store, Widgetsssss etc.) . UPDATED 12/21/2012
That said. I have no ownership of any of the programs or files discussed. This is just stuff i gathered to make my Kindle Fire ROCKKKKK, Do this at your own risk, I am not responsible if you brick your device or void your warranty by doing any of this. Also please give to the developers that took of their time to create the programs and make your crappy reader into something awsome.
Please read complete article before you begin. Again I am not responsible if you brick your device or void your warranty by doing any of this.
We have fully funtional roms for Kindle. Fire 2. I will not be posting any more posts since a full ROM experience is way better in my opinion. But for people that dont want to fully convert and for documentation I will leave the posts.
Change lockscreen ( Work around instating No Lock
from android market and then instaling your favorite lockscreen from market thanks to tip from fmkilo
), change search engine (I tried instaling google search to no luck, if some one can help please comment, some ideas where told, will try soon)
Procedure to transform Kindle Fire 2 Generation into a fuctional android tablet,
1. ADB enabled and Allow Unknown source APK and Amazon account registered
This is simple just go to your Kindle Eyelid and hit
(+)More...--> Security-->Enable ADB ON
(+)More...--> Device-->Allow Instalation of Applications ON
Install Amazon account as root may not let you create one
2. Root and Super User
In order to change the UI and install a few missing apk in the Kindle Fire system folder we need Super User and Root access.
Below is a link that will show you how to install root. It is ment for the Kindle 7 HD but works perfect on our Kindle Fire Second Generation ( I last used it on OS version 10.2.4 and worked)
3. Install UI, and Google Apps
Now that we have root access we need to place a few apk on the system/app folder of the Kindle Fire to change the UI and have fuctional Google apps.
For that we need to modify ES File Explorer settings
go to Settings--> Root Setings Check First 3 Boxes (Root Explorer, Up to Root, Mount File System)
Now is just simple we need to move a few apk to the system/app folder.
IMPOTANT Choose an Andoid UI. There are a lottttt of User Interfaces for android. Like APEX Luncher, Go lancher, Nova launcher ect. to choose. I will use APEX launcher which works great on the Kindle Fire but you can install the one you love, you can change it later by removing the apk form systems/app and placing a diferent one.
We need to install a few of the googles apps for the google play and Gmail to work so please download all of the above.
Google services framework apk
Google Play store apk
Google youtube apk
Google chrome apk
Once you downloaded all of this apk simply paste them on your system/app folder and reboot the device.
When the device turns on again it will start updating. Unlock the device and will ask you which UI you prefer TO USE, choose APEX IMPORTANT I suggest that you test the UI first and then check the box to make this the defalt UI this can brick your device if the UI is not running Properly
( if you want to make the change permanent select the check box below, if not everytime you press the home button or restart will ask you to choose)
You will now see a familiar Android UI. Congratulations your Kindle Fire is not as crappy and has fully funtional google play, widgets and live wallpapers.
4.Prevent OS update, Loss of ROOT and all your Mod work
Every time your divice gets an update will automaticaly loose root. Thanks to crappy amazon these updates will get pushed and you cant stop them from the settings menu. Localy we can stop it with 2 options
A. Quick fix
(will go into OTA update if Droidwall apk is turned off)
Localy we can stop them by placing a firewall like DroidWall and blocking the access ( i dont know which part to block to prevent it from updating so I just simply Check the apps I want use the internet)
Simply download DroidWall from the Google Play Store. The program is really simple just check which apps you want to let use internet, the rest leave unchecked.
B. Hard fix
(will never go into OTA update unless you rename the file again) thanks to tip from fmkilo
To make change permanent go into the systems menu and rename /system/etc/security/otacerts.zip
5. Change Lookscreen
To change the lockscreen we need a few apk from the android market.
A. No Lock
B. Rom toolbox
C. Your favorite lookscreen ( I use Picture Password
a copy of Windos 8 lockscreen)
Simply install Rom Toolbox, No lock, and lockscreen form market.
Open Rom toolbox and select App Manager find No Lock from the list and long press it. A menu will pop up, select "Convert to system app". Reboot device ( To skip this step you can also download No Lock apk from internet and place it on system/app)
Open No lock and hit enable, now you have no stock lockscreen, feel free to install your favorite lockscreen.
5. Fix Kindle Reader
This will delete kindle's original app for ever back up kindle app somewhere to restore
Go to system/app and save kindleforoter apk somewhere on your kindle and then delete it from system/app
Install Kindle Reader from Play Store
That is it. HAVE FUN
If you have any updates on this Tutorial please feel free to comment.