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Amazon's wildly popular line of affordable Fire Tablets has grown more capable and more powerful over the years (less politely: less awful). But even with time and technical advancement, no amount of wishful thinking can make them ship with out-of-the-box access to Google Play Store. And while Amazon's own Appstore does have some apps and games, it's still missing hugely popular platforms and services like YouTube, Gmail, Chrome, Google Maps, and more.
The good news, though, is that you can get the Play Store on your Fire Tablet, and you can be up and running in under 10 minutes! This guide will take through the required steps fr installing the Play Store on your Fire tab, with detailed instructions for every model produced since 2014.
If you are sad with the current state of Android tablets, perhaps you need something cheap to tide you over while you wait? Today you can pick up refurb Amazon Fire HD 6 Tablets over on Woot with 8GB of storage and Special Offers, all for the low price of $30. With a little elbow grease, you can even toss Google Play on it and enjoy a slightly dated Android experience while we all collectively cry over what could have been.
Amazon's tablet offerings have gone from rather uninteresting to impressive in the last few years. All they had to do was make them really, really, cheap. Last year's Fire HD 6 is on sale today, making it even cheaper than usual. It's selling for $69.99 today, down from the usual price of $100.
Looking for a starter tablet? You know, something to give a kid or someone not so into tech that they would scoff at something not running regular Android? Then consider the Fire HD 6. Amazon is currently offering it for $30 off, bringing the price to a compelling $70. Sure, the 1280 by 800 6-inch display won't turn heads, but the build quality is solid enough where it won't feel like a comparatively priced off-brand knock off.
Maybe you're looking to stick a tablet in the hands of a really little person, someone not ready for a big kid tablet.
When Amazon entered the tablet game with the original Kindle Fire, we all kind of chuckled at the idea of it being a reasonable entry into the market. With each iteration, though, those silly Fire tablets have gotten more and more powerful, and each edition of Fire OS has brought new features that proved to actually be useful. While Fire Phone may have been a flop, the Fire tablets are still very much alive, and the newest editions are better than ever.
For this review, we're doing something that we've done a few times in the past: a tag team review.