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Dec 272011

Who’s saying that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich runs only on Android phones or Android tablets that burn holes in your pocket?  Eager members of the XDA Developers Forums have successfully created an early version (technically called a pre-alpha version) of Android 4.0 for the Amazon Kindle Fire, the wallet-friendly Android tablet from Amazon.

The developers that created the Ice Cream Sandwich version for the Kindle Fire based the firmware on CyanogenMod 9, a customized version based on Android 4.0 code.  Being still in pre-alpha stage of development, the Android 4.0 firmware for the Kindle Fire still contains a lot of non-functioning features, bugs, and other odd behaviors.

Yet, considering that Amazon cut a lot of corners just to keep the Kindle Fire price sweet at $200, the hacked Android 4.0 for the Amazon tablet amazingly came to life, although you can see several glitches (especially in video and audio playback) and the screen sometimes fails to respond to touch input.

See the pre-alpha version Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in action on the Amazon Kindle Fire:

The developer community also was able to recently work around the SD card problem wherein the Amazon Kindle Fire failed to recognize the Android tablet’s internal storage.

The Amazon Kindle Fire ships with a heavily modified version of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread and has attracted a huge following primarily because of its very attractive price in addition to outstanding features.  Now that the developer community is working on making Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich run on the Amazon tablet, it will only be a matter of time before modders iron out the kinks in the pre-alpha version and release a stable, fully working version.

If you want to stay up to speed on the development of Android 4.0 for the Kindle Fire, read more at its official forum thread on XDA Developers.  For more details about Amazon’s budget-friendly tablet, check out the Amazon Kindle Fire product page.

Feature image courtesy of Liliputing

  One Response to “Amazon Kindle Fire Starts Munching on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich”

  1. I’ve heard about rumors about this i think 4 months ago, I forgot. I really hope they will be able to successfully develop this though, I was planning to buy the older version of Kindle but got interested in this so I guess I’m going to wait a little longer. Thank you for the update and the links. :)

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