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Kindle Fire chills with an Ice Cream Sandwich port

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Kindle Fire chills with an Ice Cream Sandwich port
Owners of the Kindle Fire are being showered with gifts this holiday season. With one-click root and the official Android Market and Google Apps on a Fire, what more could Google purists want? That’s right, how about a custom port of the latest version of Android: Ice Cream Sandwich.

That wish is coming true, as a developer is showing off an early working port of all that ICS goodness on his Kindle Fire. This is after a mere two weeks, so not surprisingly there is still work to be done – wifi isn’t working yet – but the code is going to be cleaned up and open-sourced, so it’s only a matter of time until a stable version of ICS is ready to withstand the heat of the Kindle Fire.

This development suggests that the Kindle Fire may be just as friendly to enthusiasts as the Barnes & Noble Nook has been. In the case of the Nook a whole community of developers sprang up to let owners maximize their device, and may have helped drive early sales.

The new Nook Tablet and Kindle Fire are more powerful devices than the original Nook, but the latter comes in at a lower price point. For consumers with a little bit of technical experience, this could create an excellent entry-level tablet for people who want stock ICS, but don’t want to drop $500-600 to get it.

Does this make anyone out there more interested in picking up a Kindle Fire during the holidays? Let us know!

source: Steven's Android Apps via Engadget

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posted on 07 Dec 2011, 14:10

1. WirelessCon (Posts: 311; Member since: 11 May 2010)

Rooting is beyond me. Is it easy for the tech fans that don't know computer science?

After rooting and adding ICS is the fabled Silk Browser still available?

Where should a first time rooter go to learn such nifty skills?

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 14:57

2. Hello-dirt (Posts: 102; Member since: 02 May 2010)

I think it is pretty easy. I am more mechanically inclined, yet I was able to root both my Evo and my SGSII. I also unrooted the SGSII which I thought was going to be very difficult. The developer site that is constantly talked about and mentioned, I think it's XDA, has every tool for both noobs and experts. Good luck w/ rooting and having more options for your little toy.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 14:59

3. jbash (Posts: 345; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)

xda-developers.com is a good starting point. read, read, and then read some more. But you open a new side of android/wp you never thought possible.

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 05:38

4. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 467; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)

Umm, One click root: you click once, if you don't know how to do that, you weren't born within the last 100 years...

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 09:36

5. WirelessCon (Posts: 311; Member since: 11 May 2010)

I guess I'm older than I look.

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