Kindle Fire gets Android Market, becomes marginally more attractive


Over the past few weeks, we have been covering Amazon's foray into the tablet market with the Kindle Fire. Consumers appeared to be excited and preordered in droves, but we were a little less excited about the device. Many users were also putting off a decision in order to see what the development community would come up with, hoping it would become another Nook Color.

Well, if you have been one of those on the fence about the tablet for that reason, today's news might sway you to buy. Although the Fire already had the Amazon Appstore, many users wanted the full Android Market. And, as you can see above, developers have taken care of this need by getting a full version of the Market working on the tablet.

Unfortunately, you will need root to use this, so that may be off putting for some users. In fact, rooting this device is even more problematic because Amazon isn't very happy about it. According to some reports, if your Fire is rooted, the Prime instant video application will stop functioning. Clearly this is a measure to prevent piracy, but in reality it is just annoying to the real consumers.

If you want to keep Amazon Video access, you should stay away from this hack. However, if that doesn't matter and you want your Fire to be a true Android tablet, then you should take a look at this. 

[Android Police]
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Aaron Orquia

Aaron Orquia is an associate editor at Pocketables. He has been using Android and Linux since he bought his first computer years ago, and his interest in technology, software, and tweaking both to work just right has only grown stronger since then. His current gadgets include a OnePlus One, a Pebble smartwatch, and an Acer C720 Chromebook.

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