Amazon's year-old smartphone doesn't have many features which would justify its original high price tag, but at least its owners can content themselves with the knowledge that they could use a hack to install Google Play.
But now it seems that that hack might no longer be functional.
Over the past several days several commenters have reported that Google Play has started crashing. They also report that their Fire Phones are throwing up a "Google Play services has stopped" error message every few seconds.
I was able to run and install google services via the instruction without rooting since last December, but this morning, I too, start to get the ‘ Google Play services has stopped’ message every few seconds, and Google Play is not functioning anymore. Likely something lamazon did to disable google services. Hope there is a solution soon.
My Fire Phone has gone on to a new owner, so I can't confirm these reports. But I do have 4 reports, and that is enough for me to write this post and ask if you're having a similar problem.
If you have experienced this problem, I'd like to hear about it. I'd also like to know whether reinstalling the hack fixed the problem.
I know of one Fire Phone owner who says that did fix the problem, and I am hoping that it works for everyone else.
Because if this doesn't help then it would mean that Amazon killed one of the few Fire Phone features which many users liked.
Update: Google broke this, not Amazon. A reader tipped me to the news that the Google Play Services app is busted; there are many one-star reviews in Google Play which make the same complaint as reported by Fire Phone owners. Thanks, VanB!