Amazon a couple of days ago announced that they were ready rolling out a new Fire OS 3.1 upgrade to their Kindle Fire HDX, Kindle Fire HD tablet devices for free over-the-air (OTA), which will be available in the coming weeks or so. Although Amazon may be busy selling its third-generation Kindle Fire tablets this fall, but the original Kindle Fire which was launched in 2011 still got its charms. Gets an unofficial version of Android KitKat 4.4. Download links can be grabbed right after this jump!
Would it be fancy trying the latest Android 4.4 KitKat operating system on your earlier Kindle Fire which was launched back in 2011? You might be pleased to learn more about it right below. The tablet has a 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel IPS display, 512MB of RAM and 8GB of storage. Have one? No! You can usually pick up a used or refurbished model for well under $100. Original Kindle Fire happens to be a hackable device, ships with Amazon’s Fire OS – purely based on Android. Hacked the device running CyanogenMod and other Android ROMs on the tablets since shortly after it rolled out.
The new Kindle Fire update has come only a few weeks after Google released the source code for Android 4.4 KitKat, you can even run KitKat-based ROMs on the tablet. Complete details about it after this break!
Developer FuZZ_ has released an unofficial build of CyanogenMod 11 for the official Amazon Kindle Fire, calling it KitKang, which is basically a customized version of CM11 Alpha that is been compiled to run on Amazon’s tablet device.
How it works and runs
“This is a self-compiled kang of CM11 with cherry picks from CyanogenMod’s Gerrit Instance, most comparable to a CM nightly build. You need not apply if you’re not comfortable with testing out new and possibly broken features. All credit goes to cyanogen, #teamdouche and the coders who submit to Gerrit. Thank you to @RyanMacG for providing Euroskank hosting.”
Performance isn’t done perfectly yet, still got some graphical glitches and the stock web browser doesn’t work pretty well. However, you can install another web browser like Firefox or Dolphin. Hardware-accelerated video playback seems to work and many were able to stream video from Netflix without any issues.
At your own risk factor, this could be the easiest way to install Kitkang on the 2011 Kindle Fire is to use the Kindle Fire Utility to install a custom recovery such as TWRP 126.96.36.199 which can use to load the operating system. Already have it? Make sure you have got the latest version or you won’t be able to flash Android 4.4 ROM. Before you enter into it, make a backup of your device before installing any ROMs.