Amazon Kindle Fire Can Now be Installed with Android 4.2

Amazon Kindle Fire

Amazon is no longer on sale with regard to its first generation Kindle Fire tablets. Even valuable updates for them s no longer offered. However, a custom ROM for the Kindle Fire allowing the Google Android Jelly Bean 4.2 to operate has been released by the Developer Hashcode. To paraphrase, the old Kindle Fire could be turned into a Google Nexus 7 which is complete with support for HD video playback, the Google Play Store, etc.

As everything is, nothing is yet perfect. As of December 15, 2012, the deep sleep is still far from being fancy about. The battery of this Amazon tablet runs down faster than it should. There are also a few graphical glitches, and Swype-style gestures don’t work with the Android 4.2 keyboard yet.

Hashcode also has not given the microphone of the Kindle Fire to work just yet. Furthermore, the original Kindle Fire does not have a camera or hardware volume buttons. With these, a number of Android applications may work not on this tablet as it can on a real Nexus 7.

Nevertheless, hardware-accelerated video works already in your favor. Meaning, watching HD videos from YouTube or Netflix is able and available. Games could already be played and enjoyed. And you get other Android 4.2 features including support for widgets on the lock screen.


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Written by: Björn A.