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Amazon doesn't approve of Kindle Fire rooting, pushes update to stop it

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When developers began hacking at the original Nook Color, Barnes & Noble didn't do anything to stop it. If anything, they took ideas from those working on their reader and incorporated more tablet functionality into software updates and their next Nook device.

The Kindle Fire was similarly rooted a couple weeks ago and got users access to the full Android Market. Unfortunately, Amazon has not taken as kindly to the modding community as Barnes & Noble did. In fact, they released an software patch that uses the Fire's automatic update feature to install it . . . and blocks and unroots all Kindle Fire devices.

As usual, the dedicated developers at XDA quickly got around the fix, but the update will still cost you any custom keyboards and other tweaks you may have installed. However, with a little work you can get right back to using the Market on your rooted Fire.

Still, I find this to be a very frustrating development. The Fire's hardware has the potential to make it a great device, but many users won't want to use Amazon's custom software on it. I was hoping that the company would allow their device to enjoy a Nook Color-like success, but it looks like they will be working instead to prevent that from happening.

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Aaron Orquia

Aaron Orquia is an associate editor at Pocketables. He has been using Android and Linux since he bought his first computer years ago, and his interest in technology, software, and tweaking both to work just right has only grown stronger since then. His current gadgets include a OnePlus One, a Pebble smartwatch, and an Acer C720 Chromebook.

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4 thoughts on “Amazon doesn't approve of Kindle Fire rooting, pushes update to stop it

  • Avatar of Buzzkill Lightyear

    This is amusing. Anytime someone discovers a way to root a device, they’ve discovered a vulnerability. I guess you’d prefer Amazon leave that security hole unpatched, then?

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  • Avatar of Jackie Jagger

    Confirmed…I have lost root access after the Kindle Fire 6.2 update! Why Amazon???

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  • Avatar of zdanee

    Well, I was thinking about a Kindle Fire. And now I’m not. It is totally OK to patch security-holes, but it is totally wrong to push the update and not let the user decide whether to install it or not.

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  • Well, it has actually been well document that rooted devices are often more secure than unrooted devices, if users run a custom ROM. Root access also often allows users to fix security problems before the official update rolls out.

    Even so, regular security updates are fine, but they should not be forced on the user. Its their device, let them choose what to do.

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