Kindle Fire can now be rooted

It always happens. Whether it’s new hardware or new software, iOS or Android, the hacking community usually have these devices running something besides what they were intended to run quite quickly after launch – sometimes before. The US-only Kindle Fire that just got released is no exception and it has already been rooted, meaning that it’s ready for alternate versions of Android.

In cleartext that means that Fire users aren’t limited to Amazon’s “click here to give us money” version of Android. The Nook Color has been a hacker favorite for a year now and the Fire and the Nook Tablet will likely follow in its footsteps. From a hardware point of view though, the $249 Nook Tablet is much better suited for the task due to more RAM and more storage. Still, the Kindle Fire has decent specs too. The beauty of the FIre though – if you live in the US – is that it’s simple and actually has a content ecosystem. That means that you might not want to mess with it, but keep the simplicity.

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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.