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12-21-2014 01:30 PM
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  1. Xyth's Avatar
    I got my Fire phone a few days ago, and I am very surprised how good it can be. I side-loaded four core Google .apk files and in minutes I had Google play store fully functioning (no root required). Next I downloaded the Google launcher and made it my default launcher when the phone asked. Finally I downloaded (from Google Play) all the apps I currently use on my Nexus 4 and installed them. The phone now has Google now on the home screen, and looks and runs very much like a Nexus 5, but has Firefly, dynamic perspective, and Prime as well. So far only downside is the text fields on Google Maps is poorly rendered, so I use the nice maps program that comes with the fire. When Amazon released the KitKat version of the OS early next year, Bluetooth LS (4.0) will be enabled, which is my only other complaint at this point.

    This phone was a great deal for $99 plus the $99 to renew my Prime subscription
    12-15-2014 08:44 AM
  2. ExceptforKhloe's Avatar
    Xyth: do you know of a tutorial for side loading Google Play?
    12-17-2014 06:48 PM
  3. trido#AC's Avatar
    since loading google launcher have you been able to change wallpapers?

    I havent.

    12-18-2014 05:42 PM
  4. Zezrs's Avatar
    I installed dodol Launcher and you can download themes that allow you to set a wallpaper. Not sure if you can set your own photos though. This is what my homescreen looks like.

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    12-18-2014 09:30 PM
  5. trido#AC's Avatar
    thanks not sure whats wrong i tried that wallpaper also tried gravity but still won't change from black wallpaper.
    tried dodle, nova, and google now launcher NONE can I change from BLACK wallpaper.Odd.
    12-19-2014 05:39 AM
  6. Xyth's Avatar
    Try Vire Launcher. Seems to be the most compatible if you want wallpaper and widgets. For me, who likes a low batery draining black screen, Google Now launcher is perfect.
    12-21-2014 01:30 PM
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