Amazon Kindle Android MAC OS X

Root and install google play in Amazon Kindle Fire HD 10 (8.1.4)

This is a working procedure to root and install google play Amazon Kindle HD 10″ (8.1.4).

Root Kindle Fire HD,

I followed the procedure described in here

$ ./

Select the option 1) Normal

  • Now your device is root’d, you may verify :

sh-3.2$ ./adb shell
shell@android:/ $ su
shell@android:/ # cd /
shell@android:/ # ls

  • Reboot  and do the installation for google play store

Install google play store 


  •  Open ES File Explorer, go to settings, Root settings , and select Root Explorer, Upto Root, and Mount File system.
  • Download the GoogleServicesFramework.apk Vending.apk and Play.apk and copy to your sdcard.

GoogleServicesFramework.apk –
Vending.apk –
Play.apk –

Please follow the below steps in order to get it working.

– Open ES file explorer, click and install GoogleServicesFramework.apk
– Then move the Vending.apk to /system/app
– Change the permission to 644 (User – Read/Write, Group/Others – Read)
– Now click and install Vending.apk
– You can see android market installed on your kindle, open it and do the google account registration. It is important that you do this step before installing Play.apk
– Once the registration is successful, click and install Play.apk from the sdcard.
– Now you will have a working play store , enjoy:)

Issues faced:

  • While rooting,  I was not able to execute the adb under stuff folder, replace the adb with the one come with Android SDK.
  • I got “google play has stopped” messages while opening google play . To fix it . 1) Make sure that you copied the Vending.apk to the correct path /system/app and the permissions are correct. 2) Do the google account registration before installing Play.apk
Rooted Amazon Kindle Fire HD 10  (8.1.4) with Google apps
Rooted Amazon Kindle Fire HD 10 (8.1.4) with Google apps



Install CyanogenMod 6 (Android 2.2 Froyo alternative) on HTC Dream (ADP1)

Atlast managed to get the 2.2 flavour on ADP1. (this installation is only applicable for root’d Android developer phone HTC dream)

  • Requirements:

Tools: fastboot

Amon_Ra 1.7.0 ( )
radio image for adp1 ( ( (
DangerSPL (

  • Procedure:

Ref :

– Download and copy all these images to the root of your sdcard except the recovery image

  • Install custom recovery image:

– boot the phone in fastboot mode by pressing camera button while rebooting

– From your machine make sure the device is visible

# ./fastboot-mac devices
HT845Gxxxxx fastboot

– flash the cyanogen recovery image and reboot

# ./fastboot-mac flash recovery recovery-RA-dream-v1.7.0.img
sending ‘recovery’ (4594 KB)… OKAY
writing ‘recovery’… OKAY

# ./fastboot-mac reboot

– Once the phone is rebooted make sure  you have the 1.7 recovery image

  • Flash the radio image

Now flash the radio once the phone rebooted to recovery RA 1.7.0 by pressing the home button while rebooting
– select install zip from sdcard and choose the radio image , once the installation is done reboot the phone and make sure that you have the 2_22_19_26I base band version

  • Flash danger spl now


boot the phone in recovery mode, and select install zip from sdcard and select install the danger spl image, reboot

This will update the Hboot to 1.33.2005,  this is required to increase the ROM size to hold the cm6 image.

  • flash the cyanogen mode 6 images

Ref :

boot the phone again in recovery mode, select and install the cm 6 image, reboot the phone and make sure that you can boot in to the new cyanogen 6.

  • Install the google addons

The important thing is dont install the full version of google apps on ADP1 just use the MDPI tiny version. otherwise the phone cannot boot properly.


Now clear wipe the cache and reboot the phone, That is it. Now you have ADP1 installed with Cyanogenmod 6, Enjoy..



Install *.apk to android phone

It was disappointing that the android devices selling in most of the gulf countries doesnt have market place installed :( – One of the core and major feature of androis is missing.

Anyway the softwares available in Android Package file (apk) can be installed by downloading it to the pc using adb

eg: to install slide me market place, an alternative for google market place.
download the latest apk from
$ ./adb install ~/sam2.apk
1686 KB/s (506724 bytes in 0.293s)
pkg: /data/local/tmp/sam2.apk


Android MAC OS X

Android ADP1 Firmware to CyanogenMod

This note is more specific to mac os x, more likely the same steps will works with any OS.

CyanogenMod is a customized, aftermarket firmware distribution for the HTC Dream and Magic cell phones, and the Google Nexus One.

Based on the open-source Android operating system, CyanogenMod is designed to increase performance and reliability over Android-based ROMs , such as FLAC Lossless Audio, multi-touch support, the ability to store applications on the microSD card, and support for tethering.

Here are the steps I followed to get my ADP1 installed with Cyanogen mod.

– Backup your data if required, this steps will completely erase your mobile applications and settings.

Step 1:
Create a source directory:
$ mkdir ~/cyanogen
$cd ~/cyanogen

Download fastboot to your computer:
Refer this url to get the correct fastboot.
HTC Developer site

Download the latest compatible version of Cyanogenmod:
$ wget

Step 2:
Boot the android device in fastboot mode.
To enter fastboot mode, reboot the device while holding down the BACK key.

Once it is in to fast boot mode, flash the Cyanogen recovery image:

$ cd ~/cyanogen
$ ./fastboot-mac flash recovery cm-recovery-1.4.img
sending ‘recovery’ (4002 KB)… OKAY
writing ‘recovery’… OKAY

Then place the phone in to flash boot mode

$ ./fastboot-mac boot cm-recovery-1.4.img
downloading ‘boot.img’… OKAY
booting… OKAY
$ adb shell mount -a
* daemon not running. starting it now *
* daemon started successfully *
$ adb shell
/ # mv /system/etc/ /system/etc/

Reboot back to fastboot mode.

$ ./fastboot-mac flash recovery ../cm-recovery-1.4.img
sending ‘recovery’ (4002 KB)… OKAY
writing ‘recovery’… OKAY

$ ./fastboot-mac reboot

Download the Android 1.6 Recovery Image ( if dont have:
From HTC (or) android website – This is just to get the adp tool

Download the latest CyanogenMod ROM for your device:
Dream (G1): Latest version (stable)

Export the CyanogenMod ROM to SD card.
$ adb push /sdcard/

But this was not working properly for me, for some reason the adb tool was not able to detect the device. So i just copied it over.

$ cp /Volumes/SDCARD/

* no need for this step if adb tool worked

Now are all set to install:

– Turn your phone off.
– Get in to recovery mode my holding Home button while booting
– select wipe data/factory reset and press home to confirm.
– select apply any zip from sd
– Pick
– Press home to confirm and wait for installation to complete
– select apply any zip from sd again
– Pick
– Press home to confirm and wait for installation to complete

– reboot

That is it!

Reference : Full_Update_Guide_-_ADP1_Firmware_to_CyanogenMod


My favorite android applications


From Google
Goggles : Use pictures to search web, just amazing. A visual search application, instead of using words, take a picture and search. Works very well with logo’s. one of my top favorites. More info
Google Goggles

Ringdroid : Easy way to make ring tones from songs we have. More info ringdroid

Picture editor
Picsay : Quick and effective way to add effects to pictures from mobile. More info Picsay

A Online Radio : Excellent way to listen online radio stations aor


Handcent SMS : found it better than the native message application. More info handcent

SMS Backup : useful to backup sms messages to gmail with a separate label android-sms

Sipdroid : SIP/VOIP client, very useful application especially to connect and make calls with your sip provider like action voip. : More info :

Networking and System tools

Connectbot An easy way to establish ssh connection, support ssh key generation and public key authentication.connect bot

NagMonDroid Nice application to connect to your nagios instance and display short summary. I found it very useful to get my server status while i am on road :) More info :nagios page

CIDR calculator Very useful IP subnet calculator. More info : CIDR Androidlib

Android MAC OS X

Browse internet from Mac with android

At last i managed to get browsing working through 3G connection in android (donut 1.6).

– Enable root in android
– install android-wifi-tether (
– configure it either with bluetooth or wireless
– connect your laptop with the android using wireless or bluetooth
– there we go now you should be able to browse internet, if you have netfilter module properly working in wireless tether
– since my kernel doesnt have netfilter module, the natting was not working – I was able to resolve domains from my laptop , but was not able to get the data
– Installed proxoid, and started
– Configured my webbrowser to use proxoid as proxy, it works … charm!!!!



get the root access back on android development phone ADP1

After upgrading ADP1 with 1.6 , the root access has gone.

It can be recovered with adb tool:

do adb to the phone
$adb shell
$mount -o remount,rw -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system
$cd /system/bin
$cat sh > su
$chmod 4755 su



upgrade android to 1.5 cupcake

It was quiet trivial to update the android operating system to 1.5 manually,

The instructions for HTC ADP can be found at :