A while back, we told you guys about XDA Developers hacking Kindle Fire to port the super famous Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS. The most recent reports of this is that the hard working hackers have made a breakthrough in making the device run the actual version of Android’s latest OS. They refer this stage as ‘pre-alpha,’ considering it is based from CyanogenMod 9.

The reason why the hackers decided to use CyanogenMod 9 is because it is fundamentally not that different from the standardized stock edition of the AOSP of ICS. However, this does not mean that CyanogenMod 9 will be that noticeable on the ICS. It’s just really the coding has very small differences. Meanwhile its previous developer, g1011999, built the hack from CyanogenMod 7.

Ever since JackpotClavin, an XDA developer, released this ‘pre-alpha’ stage last week, it has taken the XDA community by storm. However, there are some bugs that need to be worked out on the Fire. These issues include video and audio playback. Another issue that has been reported is saving some files on the SD card. But compared to the previous hack, the most important feature, Wi-Fi connectivity, is now working on the gadget.

As of this time, the ‘pre-alpha’ stage is not built for public use. If you are a developer who would like to help jumpstart ICS on the Fire, you can join the IRC or XDA Forums where you can volunteer to showcase your knowledge.


Christine Torralba

Christine Torralba has been a freelance writer for the past couple of years. While most of her work has been ghostwritten, she has also contributed articles to magazines such as SPARK, Monday, Vault and Epic. In her spare time, she cooks, takes photos of food, and manages to write about it on her food blog.