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How to sideload apps (even the Android Market) on the Amazon Kindle Fire

The Amazon Kindle Fire may look like a tablet designed only to access apps, music, movies, books, and periodicals from Amazon. But under the hood it’s an Android tablet, which means that it can run most apps designed for Android 2.3 and earlier. And it turns out it’s quite easy to install most of them. Most […]

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Amazon Kindle Fire hacked to run the Android Market

Update: We’ve posted instructions for rooting your tablet, installing third party apps, and installing the Android Market.  The Amazon Kindle Fire comes with the Amazon Appstore which makes it easy to download and install about 20,000 Android apps. But the official Google Android Market has closer to half a million apps. So it’s no surprise that […]

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HP TouchPad Android fix for missing apps in the Android Market

Now that the CyanogenMod team has released the first public build of Google Android for the HP TouchPad tablet you might think the developers would be sitting back and relaxing. They’re not. They’re continuing to squash bugs and improve features. While the version of Android which was released yesterday allows you to install the Google […]

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CyanogenMod’s latest HP TouchPad Android video shows WiFi, Android Market

The CyanogenMod team has posted a new video showing the progress developers have been making in porting Google Android to run on the 9.7 inch tablet. We’ve already seen the benchmarks to show that Android performance is pretty good on the tablet, but now we can also see that CyanogenMod has come a long way […]

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18 places to download Android apps (that aren’t the Google Play Store)

Update: This article was originally published in 2011 at, and some of these websites and app stores are no longer around (or no longer very good). If you want to see a more recent list of recommended alternatives to the Play Store, check out our updated list of Play Store alternatives. The original […]