After constantly getting updates on the Play Store, I have given up and listed the phone on Craigslist to sell.
If it doesn't sell, I'll try out the CyanogenMod for it. Either way, crossing my fingers!
I didn't realize the difference of the Play Store vs Amazon App Store. No Hangouts, Google Photos, Google Maps, Gmail/Inbox, or even SwiftKey.
Side loaded the App Store, but it looks up after auto-update. Will try to live with the Amazon environment and see how long I can last.
Plus side of the phone:
Good build quality, Dynamic Perspective makes cool lock screens, Firefly is neat and works quickly, and and used Mayday as a test by asking how to unlock my phone (very nice and quickly hooked up to a person within a minute.)
Aside from the apps and weird interface, it's a decent phone. May keep it if I can tolerate it.