For the past weeks, more and more devices have been showered with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean goodness through official releases and custom ROMs. This time around, the Amazon Kindle Fire gets to taste features of Jelly Bean through a custom ROM released by XDA Developers member Hashcode.
Just like other custom ROMs that are still in the early stages of their build, this custom ROM still has bugs and issues. Among several other issues, one issue often complained about is that Mass Storage is the fixed default when mounting the SD card.
Don't let these issues and bugs hold you back from trying out this ROM. It is still undergoing further development, so we can expect a lot of improvements in the coming days. If you want to upgrade the Kindle Fire to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean by installing this custom ROM, follow our requirements and easy-to-follow instructions below.
- The instructions in this guide are intended for use with the Amazon Kindle Fire. Applying these instructions on another device or model may produce undesired outcomes.
- The information in this guide is provided for instructional and educational purposes only. There is no guarantee that these instructions will work under your specific and unique circumstances.
- Use these instructions at your own risk. We shall not hold any responsibility or liability for whatever happens to you or your device arising from your use of the info in this guide.
- Read and understand the whole guide first before actually performing the instructions.
- A rooted Amazon Kindle Fire with TWRP Recovery installed
- Your tablet's USB cable
- Download the following files to your computer:
- Make sure your tablet's battery is charged up to 75% to avoid interruptions during the process.
- Backup all personal data on your phone to make sure you have a copy of your personal data (e.g., contacts, SMS, MMS, Internet settings, Wi-Fi passwords, and the like) in case the procedure in this guide erases such data.
- Copy the AOSP Jelly Bean 4.1.1 Rebuild 1 package and the Jelly Bean GApps package to your tablet's SD card.
- Boot your tablet into TWRP Recovery. To do this, turn off your tablet. Press the Power button to turn the tablet on and when you see a triangle on the screen, press the Power button again to enter TWRP Recovery.
- Make a backup of your current ROM in case of problems with this ROM. To do this, tap on Backup.
- Go back to the main menu by pressing the home icon.
- In TWRP Recovery, tap on Wipe and then select Factory Reset to wipe data. Your SD card files will not be wiped; only your installed apps and data will be erased.
- Go back to main recovery menu. Select Install and select the jb-kfire-hashcode-07-13.zipfile to start installing the ROM to your tablet.
- Once the installation completes, install gapps-jb-20120711.zip in the same manner as in step 6.
- After the installation, click on Reboot System. This will reboot your tablet into the newly installed AOSP ROM.
Awesome! Your Amazon Kindle Fire is now running on an AOSP-based Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean custom ROM. How do you like it so far? We would love to hear your thoughts about this custom ROM through your comments below.
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