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Kindle Fire Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean port now available

July 12, 2012

Kindle Fire owners should know by now that Amazon has customized the Android version running on its tablet in such a way that updating the device to the latest Google-approved Android OS version out there is impossible – at least not if you’re not ready to put in some elbow grease.

In case you’d like to taste Jelly Bean on your Kindle Fire, you should know that an Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean port is already available for the Kindle Fire, courtesy of the smart folks at xda-developers.

We’re looking at a beta port so far, which means not everything will work as expected, but it’s still better than nothing. However, considering that the Kindle Fire can’t match the Nexus 7’s hardware, don’t be surprised if your Jelly Bean experience on Amazon’s tablet is not on par with what you’ve seen in videos and reviews.

Here’s what doesn’t really work on the Kindle Fire running the Nexus 7 software – luckily for you, Wi-Fi works – according to Hashcode, the developer that posted instructions for the port:

  • HD codecs (YouTube and Netflix): Texas Instruments is updating the libion code for JB and I’ll be fixing that soon.
  • Probably more as we find it — it’s BETA.. expect some.
  • AOSP likes to over rotate the screen when you change position. I have a patch for frameworks/base to fix it but hey.. it’s AOSP.. CM10 will already have it patched.
  • UMS.. I have no idea where to turn on UMS in this damn ROM. Tell me if you find it.

In case you go ahead and flash this Jelly Bean port on your Kindle Fire, remember to back up any personal data you may have stored on the device before going forward. Also remember that we don’t encourage you to perform such procedures and you’ll be the only person responsible for whatever happens during such customizations.

With that in mind, have you tasted Jelly Bean on your Kindle Fire?