Kindle Fire Gets Hacked; Now Equipped with ICS
And just like that, Amazon’s Kindle Fire is now equipped with the latest Ice Cream Sandwich. Just recently, a hacker (under the name of Steven) uploaded a video of how he successfully ported the ICS into the Kindle Fire. Apart from this, he has also given some information on the forums of XDA Developers. Considering that it was an unofficial hack, there are some incomplete additions such as a lacking audio support, accelerometer, light sensor, and Wi-Fi capabilities. Even though its transitions look almost uneven, it can be easily fixed considering it’s just a start.
Reports say that the hacker’s plan is to initiate an ICS open source project for users of the Kindle Fire. He will also be posting his code into this project of his. However, this will only be a matter of time, with the Android 4.0 code as an open source.
One probable reason why the Kindle Fire has captured the attention of several hackers is perhaps its dual-core processor and immense popularity among consumers. Not to mention, it only costs $200. A little after the reader was launched, hackers already learned to configure the installation of the Android Market as well as rooting the tablet. In the process, users got to rid themselves of the limited catalog size of Amazon Appstore. In addition to this, users can opt to go for an alternate CyanogenMod 7, which provides a typical Android experience as opposed to the highly customized interface of Amazon.
Amazon has not given much of a fight to the hacks going on with the Kindle Fire. Even though they have reportedly lost money on each sold tablet, the company manages to rely on their built-in services sales. In an effort to stop this, their most recent software update is capable of removing root access. Unfortunately, the update does not prevent its users from re-rooting it. Anyway, users who were able to successfully install a different ROM on the Fire do not need to be bothered with these Amazon updates.
Perhaps Amazon does not think stopping these hackers is worth the trouble anymore. What do you think?