As you know, the seven-inch Amazon Kindle Fire tablet, due to its price of $ 199, has received great popularity among buyers. However, with the advent of Google Nexus, his fame faded considerably. And last but not least, one of the main shortcomings of this good tablet is to blame - the outdated version of the Andro operating system>
However, thanks to the excellent support from a large community of independent developers, the owners of Ogonyok are able to install alternative firmware on it, such as MIUI or CyanogenMod 9, which is based on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. And now you can run the latest version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on this tablet.
Custom firmware with this version of Android was published recently on the XDA forum, and at the moment almost all the functions of the system work fine.
The Android 4.1 firmware is based on the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) source code and after installing it on the Kindle Fire, you will see the same “telephone” interface that has a 7-inch Google Nexus 7.
After installing Android 4.1 on the Kindle Fire, you can do everything on the tablet that Google Nexus 7 offers us. You only have to take into account that the Fire screen has a lower resolution, and unlike a Google tablet, it does not have a built-in microphone, so you won’t be able to Use voice search commands and convert speech to text.
After flashing, you can install the Amazon Appstore, Amazon MP3, and other Kindle apps on your tablet.
Installing Android 4.1 on the Kindle Fire is pretty straightforward. First of all, you will need root rights and alternative recovery. All this can be obtained using the latest version of the Kindle Fire Utility (download the latest version from the xda-developers forum!).
After you download and unzip the zip file from the Kindle Fire Utility to your computer, install the tablet drivers by running the install_drivers.bat file. Then connect your Kindle Fire to your computer using the USB cable and run the run.bat file.
From the menu, select Install Latest TWRP Recovery or Install Latest ClockworkMod Recovery (I recommend TWRP). In addition, you need to install on the tablet (Install Latest FireFireFire) a utility that will allow you to load the tablet into recovery mode.
After that, download the latest build of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as a zip file from the developer's branch on the xda forum and a file with the latest versions of Google applications (Play Store, Gmail and others) from here.
After that, turn off the tablet completely and turn it on again. When the boot logo appears, press the power button again for 5-10 seconds. This will be the command for FireFireFire to download TWRP instead of the Android operating system.
Use the on-screen menu to back up an existing firmware, wipe and install a new firmware, and then a file with Google applications.
Reboot the tablet and you will see the interface of the Android 4.1 operating system.
If you have not earned WiFi, it is advisable to wait until the developer releases the next firmware assembly, in which this problem will be addressed. If you don’t want to wait, try the following:
Install other versions of SU and SuperUser applications. You can download them from AndroidSU.com and install them on Kindle Fire using TWRP or ClockworkMod, just like you installed the file with Google applications.
After that, you need to connect the Kindle Fire to the computer, open a command prompt window, go to the adb program folder (you can use the program from the Kindle Fire Utility folder) and run the following commands:
Yesterday, a friend brought me a Kindle Fire - a budget tablet from Amazon. In the states, it costs only two hundred dollars. By default, a modified assembly of Android 2.3 is installed on the device and there are no Android Market, Gmail, Google Maps, Google Talk, and other applications from Google familiar to me. But then there is the Amazon Store. On it you can find some useful applications, but not all. For example, there is no Skype. Also, the changes affected the standard Android interface, which was redone and now resembles a bookcase.
After admiring the delights of the new tablet, I decided to install the recently appeared firmware Android 4.0.3 on it. Searching the Internet for a while, I found some detailed instructions on how to do this. Here is the main article that came in handy. Everything is painted in sufficient detail, so I will not repeat it. Just two words. Installation is performed using the Kindle Fire Utility v0.9.2 utility, which runs on a computer and drops the flashing application onto a mobile device. The current version of the utility has one drawback - it does not work for updating the Kindle Fire 6.2.2.
Having spent some time studying the mat. parts I found out the reason. It consisted in the fact that it was not possible to root (root) the device. In order to do this, the Kindle Fire utility uses the BurritoRoot application. Apparently the developers of the Kindle Fire Utility have not yet managed to add the latest version of this application where support for Kindle Fire 6.2.2 was implemented.
Therefore, all I needed to do was manually install BurritoRoot3. To do this, download the latest version of .apk and run several commands:
After that, the Kindle Fire Utility will determine that the device is really installed:
I followed the rest of the installation steps strictly following the instructions and for 15 minutes I was able to admire the updated interface of Android 4.0.3 (CyanogenMod 9)
Instructions for Android 4.0 firmware on Amazon Kindle Fire.
1. First of all, we need to download the files necessary for the firmware:
a) tryforupdate.zip - Android 4.0 firmware for Kindle Fire itself.
Find in this xda forum thread, in the first post, a link to release from XperiaPlayer. It contains all the latest bug fixes. Since the firmware is constantly updated, it makes no sense to give specific links to files that are regularly updated.
b) gapps_ics_4.0.3_v8.koush.zip - here is the Android Market and other standard Google applications
c) Trubuchet.zip - Here you can find the latest version of the launcher from the CyanogenMod 9 project. You do not have to install it together with the firmware and Google applications. You can install it as you wish, after launching Ice Cream Sandwich on your tablet.
2. Copy all these three files to the tablet’s SD card by connecting it to the computer using the USB cable. You can also download these files directly to your tablet using your Kindle Fire’s Internet browser.
To make files easier to find with firmware, it is best to copy them to the root of the memory card (this is the sdcard folder on your tablet).
3. Download the tablet to TWRP. To do this, completely turn it off by long pressing the power button and selecting the appropriate option on its screen. Then turn on the tablet and as soon as the image of the yellow triangle appears on the screen, press and hold the power button until the triangle turns green.
4. After 10 to 20 seconds, you will be taken to the TWRP main menu:
5. Make a backup of your current firmware. So that you can return the tablet to its original state at any time, it is best to make a backup copy of its system. To do this, click on the button "Backup", in the window that opens, mark the sections System, Data and Bootthen press the button "Backup now".
TWRP will start the backup:
6. Press button "Main menu" to return to the main menu.
You can restore the tablet from backup by clicking on the button "Restore" and then select a backup from the list of files that appears. By default, the name of the backup file consists of a date and time, but you can rename files as you like.
7. Do a data wipe. Make data cleaning before any new firmware your habit - this will avoid many bugs in the new system after its firmware. To completely clear all data, click "Factory Reset" and in the next window confirm your choice by pressing the same button "Factory Reset".
8. After resetting the tablet to the factory state, press the return button or button "home" in the upper right corner of the screen to return to the main TWRP window
9. Getting started firmware Android 4.0. Click on the button "Install"
10. In the window that opens, you will see a list of files that you copied to the tablet in step 2 of this instruction.
11. select a file tryforsdcard.zip and press the big button Flash
12. In the window that opens, you will see the log of the firmware process. Ignore error messages if they appear on the screen. Wait for the firmware to finish.
13. After finishing the firmware, click "Reboot System"if you want to download Android 4.0 immediately. However, if you want to install Google applications and other files, return to the main TWRP window.
14. Select the next file you want to install and repeat steps 10 and 11. So you can install Google applications and Trebuchet launcher on your tablet.
15. Before you restart the tablet, you can clear its cache by clicking on the button Wipe Cache / Dalvik. This is not necessary, it is usually necessary when installing updates to existing software, but in any case it will not harm the new operating system.
16. Press button "Reboot System" and your tablet will restart by loading the new operating system. Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich
You just have to set up WiFi, enter your account information in Google Gmail and the tablet is ready to go.
Acknowledgments: JackpotClavin, bl1nkk, XperiaPlayer from xda-developers forum and Brad Linder for the original instructions