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Initial post: Dec 15, 2012 1:52:49 PM PST
Are the standard Google apps (Gmail, Google Maps, Google Earth, YouTube) available for the Kindle Fire HD series?

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 2:20:08 PM PST
Bill Hansen says:
I'm still anticipating myKindle 8.9, but I can answer this. Knidles can't access the google play store, so very few of the Google apps are available on Kindle. Gmail is available, bit I don't know if that includes the Google calendar (I'm guessing that it does, if you use the new Gmail interface). There are a few games, but no features which would need GPS functions can ever work on a Fire, unless you get the Fire HD 8.9 65GB with 4G satellite connectivity (through the ATT network, I beleive).. With that 4G Fire 8.9, if you live in an area which has no 4G ATT availability, you'll be connected to the ATT 3G network, which is plenty good enough.

You can also "sideload" some Google Play Store apps onto your Fire, but that's a somewhat complicated process. It does not involve "rooting" the Fire. Do a Google search to find out more about sideloading.

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 4:41:54 PM PST
I have Google Earth and Youtube installed on my KF HD 8.9 4G. You can get these from either or You can use ES File Explorer to install them.

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 4:57:13 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 15, 2012 4:57:23 PM PST
You can use Google apps that don't required the core Google service APIs which are mostly about accessing your Google account information.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 12:22:04 PM PST
Nha Hoan Le says:
I download it directly from and installed it just fine. It work really well. Very smooth and responding.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2012 9:41:16 PM PST
Sounds good. I will definitely get one. Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 7:00:51 AM PST
Just got my new Kindle Fire Hd 7". If I root it will I still be able to use it to stream movies from Amazon on Amazon Prime?

Posted on Jan 1, 2013 10:14:54 PM PST
Hey guys I found a way to get google apps onto the kinle. Enable 3rd party apps option and also download es file explorer. Go to your web brower and go to Download and install it and you can find all your Android apps that you are used to

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2013 5:29:33 AM PDT
L. Vitro says:
I downloaded Gmail, Google voice and YouTube. All seems great except I can't log into any of my accounts. The set-up and login buttons are unresponsive. Any ideas?

Posted on May 2, 2013 3:54:58 PM PDT
im getting a Kindle Fire HD 7" 16GB , i really need it to be able to use google maps, is it possible?

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2013 2:14:53 PM PDT
JP says:
Access to Google apps (that work consistently) seems only to be 'guaranteed' by buying a device supported by Google.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2013 12:28:11 PM PDT
Axel says:
You can sideload google maps but the GPS functionality will not work since the kindle does not have a GPS receiver.

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 2:11:45 PM PDT
Soulrider says:
Until such time as Amazon allows access to the Google Play store you won't get the true functionality out of a lot of the apps you'd get from the Google Play Store. As mentioned, you can get many of them off of other sources such as 1Mobile and other and sideload them by turning on the option to allow unknown apps to be installed and using file manager apps but some apps don't work properly on the Kindle (many do). I believe there is a licensing issue or fees which Amazon is not wiling to pay and there is the fact that Google is a direct competitor of Amazon. "Rooting" is about the only way to get access to many of the Google apps and to get access to many of the customization options many people want. However, rooting comes with it's own dangers such as potentially voiding the warranty if something should go wrong and you permanently damage you Kindle to the point it won't work anymore.

Posted on Jan 9, 2014 3:52:15 AM PST
My question is about the new kindle fire hdx7. I've downloaded the Goggle apt from Amazon and on this goggle app, accidentally downloaded a photo from an email I had just received on the device. The problem is there seems to be no way to erase the accidentally downloaded photo from my device. The techs I spoke to (after pressing the mayday button) explained they were unfamiliar with the google app and suggested I contact google for answers because they could not figure out how to delete the downloaded, stored photo either..

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2014 5:06:12 AM PST
Soulrider says:
What Google app did you download? I'm guessing here but it's probably an issue of the Google App downloading the photo to a place on your Kindle HDX and you just can't find the spot where it's downloaded to (and neither could Amazon customer service). Were they (Amazon customer service) able to in fact find the file and just not delete it or could they not even find the file? If the file couldn't be found, you may want to download a file manager app such as ES File Explorer (if you don't have it). It's available free on the Amazon apps store. It allows you to go into the file system on your Kindle and see where all the different files are stored and delete them, move them, etc. However, if you do this you need to be VERY careful in what your're doing. Make sure you don't move or delete any files other than the picture file in question. If you delete or move the wrong file (something the Kindle needs) it's possible you could mess something up to the point of making the Kindle inoperable. I know when you install certain Apps off of certain places like 1MoibleMarket some of the apps don't install automatically. The apps go into special folder called "onemobiledownload" on the Kindle (rather than the "download" folder. And, with some apps you have to go in manually and find the file and install it. I'm assuming the same might be true for some apps (perhaps some Google apps) where it's saving the file to a spot not usually used by the Kindle. Perhaps with a file manager program you might be able to look around and find the file and delete it. Just a thought but again, be careful.
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