When it was first released last year, the Amazon Fire Phone was exclusively sold with AT&T Mobility in US, which means this first Amazon’s smartphone will only operate on AT&T network. But a few months later, the unlocked version of this phone is also available with USD $499 price tag.
And now you can use it with AT&T, T-Mobile, MetroPCS or others GSM carriers, however, it’s not compatible with Verizon or Sprint in the US.
The Fire Phone pre-installed with Amazon’s mobile OS called FireOS, it’s a forked version of the Android OS. The most remarkable difference is there are no Google Apps like Play Store, Gmail or Maps app is installed out of the box, you only will find the Amazon-owned AppStore.
Actually, there is nothing wrong with the Amazon Appstore, it’s a great app store where you can get paid app for free every single day. However, when compared with Google Play Store, the app collection is still far less.
However, there is still good news, after the FireOS updated, now we can do several things that were previously restricted, like install the Google Play Store on Amazon Fire Phone.
Unfortunately, only Fire Phone with FireOS 3.6.8 for now, which only available for the unlocked version of this phone. If your phone is locked with AT&T and running FireOS 3.5 at the moment, there’s a chance are you will fail.
Step by step How to install the Google Play Store on Fire Phone.
- Enable Non-Amazon Appstore app install on Settings > Applications & Parental Controls > Prevent non-Amazon app installation.
- Download the required APKs files here: Google Play Store, Google Account Manager, Google Play Services and Google Services Framework.
- File Manager app such as ES Explorer, you can get it from Appstore.
- Open the downloaded APKs file and install it.
- When the Play Store force closes or hang, just give it a couple of reboot.