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The Kindle Fire will be Root-Friendly

September 28, 2011 at 11:58 pm

The Kindle Fire

Amazon is making its entry into the tablet market with the new Kindle Fire. You can get all the details on the new tablet right HERE. What’s intriguing is that Amazon has built a new UI on top of Android, which the average consumer will find easy to use, but if you’re visiting us, chances are you aren’t the average consumer. You’re a gadgeteer that wants things your way.

The Kindle Fire is shaping up to be a very nice buy in terms of specs, sporting a TI OMAP 4 dual core processor operating at 1.2GHz, with 512MB of RAM, 8GB of built-in storage, and the remarkable Amazon Silk Browser. What’s even more enticing is that it’s only going to run you $199.99. Spec to cost ratio here is pretty awesome. You’ll be hard-pressed to get that kind of hardware on a Honeycomb tablet at that kind of price. So the question is, can I root it and get a $200 tablet capable of running Gingerbread or ICS? The answer is, yes you can.

Jon Jenkins, Amazon’s head of Amazon’s Silk Browser project speaking with PC World today has admitted that Amazon knows the Fire will be rooted. They expect it, and he’s said that they will do nothing to stop it.

“It’s going to get rooted, and what you do after you root it is up to you.”

Jenkins was unaware whether the bootloader would be locked, but he did admit that Amazon is not going to do anything to discourage users from rooting the device. The Fire already runs on a modified version of Gingerbread, so personally I can’t wait to see what the Android community comes up with. I’d love to see a Fire running stock Gingerbread with a Silk Browser. How about you?

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