Amazon claimed to have sold millions of the new $50 Fire Tablet since it was released a few months ago. Over the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping holidays this device was heavily discounted and many people in the United States and Kingdom Kingdom paid around $39. This has resulted in limited availability for new orders and an estimated shipping date of the end of December. Some people who bought this tablet don’t want the Amazon bloatware or live in countries where Prime Music and Instant Video simply do not function. The folks at Cyanogenmod have just released a new rooting package that gives you a plain vanilla Android Lollipop experience, giving you the option to install Google Play.
The Amazon App Store is the default app downloading system that is installed on the $50 Fire Tablet. One of the drawbacks is not many apps that compete with Amazons core business, so if you like e-books, magazines and newspapers you have limited options. It is safe to say that Google Play enjoys the largest market share and most app developers submit their content to that platform, rather than Amazon.
Rooting your Fire is not a super straight forward process, but the video below makes it easy. In the video description are links to all of the files you need.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.