CyanogenMod 7 is Successfully Flashed Into Amazon Kindle Fire
The affordable Kindle Fire is getting more interesting. A member of XDA-Dev forum managed to install CyanogenMod 7 into the Kindle Fire using ClockworkMod and a Kindle Fire running a custom build Android definitely can get a lot of Android fanboys excited.
Unfortunately, the build is still very buggy and it is simply a proof of concept, rather than a usable device. Now there’s an open possibility for Kindle Fire to work just like other Android tablet, free from limitations set by Amazon.
Kindle Fire offers a decent performance with 1 GHz dual core processor and PowerVR SGX540 GPU at only $199, which is an attractive deal. It runs a heavily modified version of Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) , with interface that are mostly unique, however after a few hours of usage, you can still see hints of its Android roots in pop-up messages and in the Web browser. Due to changes in the operating system, Amazon advised users to only use apps from Amazon Appstore to improve compatibility. Relative to the Android Market, there are now very few apps in the Amazon’s catalogue.
Flashing the Android custom build removes most Amazon services, for example, the Silk browser will no longer available. Fortunately, Amazon offers free apps for general Android devices and it is perfectly possible to install them on Kindle Fire with CyanogenMod 7.
Some senior XDA-Dev members said that unrooting is possible, returning the table to its swanky user interface, However, the current CyanogenMod 7 build is only for those who can stomach such tomfoolery and more reasonable users will surely wait for a more usable and stable build.