Installing Google Apps on the Kindle Fire HDX? Just Don’t Bother!

Google Apps on Kindle Fire HDX

Google Apps on Kindle Fire HDX

Nate over at The Digital Reader had a post about installing Google apps on the new Kindle Fire HDX. Since I use GMail and other Google stuff and have the new Kindle Fire HDX, I figured ‘why not’. Turns out there is a basic reason – not all services work correctly and there are no notifications.

As a result, my only recommendation is ‘just say no’.

The method to installing everything comes in four steps:
• Google Account Manager
• Google Play Services
• Google Service Framework
• Gmail

You add one, reboot the Fire the install the next, and so on. One final reboot and you should be all set.

Only when you try to actually DO anything the Google Service Framework complains, Google Account Manager complains as well … and when you eventually get GMail running you will realize there are no notifications and the app will just sit there until you manually refresh your inbox.

Supposedly some apps work, but from what I have found you are better off just using the preinstalled email app since it handled GMail accounts quite well without errors and with instant notifications.

For many of the services, they will not work until the Kindle Fire HDX is rooted, which will then likely mess with other features of the tablet. So once again, for now my advice is to not even bother trying.


About the Author

Michael Anderson
I have loved technology for as long as I can remember - and have been a computer gamer since the PDP-10! Mobile Technology has played a major role in my life - I have used an electronic companion since the HP95LX more than 20 years ago, and have been a 'Laptop First' person since my Compaq LTE Lite 3/20 and Powerbook 170 back in 1991! As an avid gamer and gadget-junkie I was constantly asked for my opinions on new technology, which led to writing small blurbs ... and eventually becoming a reviewer many years ago. My family is my biggest priority in life, and they alternate between loving and tolerating my gaming and gadget hobbies ... but ultimately benefits from the addition of technology to our lives!