Developer Gets Android 4.0 Up and Booting On The Amazon Kindle Fire [Video]


This is the moment many brand new Kindle Fire owners have been waiting for. The day a developer would successfully port Android 4.0 to the affordable little tablet. I don’t have many details regarding the developer, G1011999‘s work (will update the post once I dig around a bit), we can see Ice Cream Sandwich is up and booting. It’s all still very much a work in process and aside from the touchscreen, not much else is working. The dev did get up a quick video of his feats in action and while it did seem a bit laggy, I’m sure it’s something that can be optimized in the future. For now check out the video for some Android 4.0 pr0n.

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. This just looks too right to be true. I’ll smack down $200 for a fire when the source is nailed out. 

    1. Totally agree. They get a smooth, optimized ICS ROM running on this, and I am out the door to get one. 

  2. Great job by the developer!

  3. I would definitely put $200 down for a Kindle Fire if it could run ICS, but I’m getting my Nexus on Friday (so it seems) and I think a 4.65 inch screen has almost all of the same utility as a 7″ screen, especially with more optimized hardware and 4G LTE backing it.   Maybe if there was a 9″ or a 10″ Kindle Fire I could justify both.

    However if he can get this to dual boot I would definitely buy one.   There is some merit to the Kindle software when you’re doing things within the Amazon ecosystem. 

    Another thought: could this be a step in the direction of getting the Silk browser up and working on a normal ICS device?  It seems the bridge is there now, I would be very interested in that (although I’d be surprised if Amazon doesn’t have some plan to let people buy it anyway)

    1. “There is some merit to the Kindle software when you’re doing things within the Amazon ecosystem.”

      I’m trying to understand this comment. What part of the Amazon ecosystem isn’t available to everyone else running Google’s Android market?

  4. hopefully he’s not done tweaking performance, as the video shows some stuttering.  but so far great job :)  looking forward to many affordable ICS tablets in 2012.

  5. i just wish someone would do this for the hp touchpad now

      1. @spawnbay:disqus  Well, the HP TouchPad is virtually unobtainable. Kindle Fire is at Target =p

        1. I’m surprised nobody has given the Playbook any Android love.  I mean, out of all the non-Andy touting tabs out there it’s the most receptive by having android apps usable on it.  And those touch-sensative bevels are, imo, a great idea.

    1. The CyanogenMod is working now to develop CM9. I think they will be integrating it to hp touchpad.

  6. It looks like its lagging in the video, but honestly i’ve seen retail tablets sitting at Best Buy that lag worst than that. This is pretty cool for $200 device.

  7. I may have to get a kindle fire. 

  8. Well I did say i was going to get a Kindle fire for hacking purposes once someones devs and ports ice cream for it…looks like I’m gonna have live up to my promise….I’m actually using REVOLVER AOSP 4.0 rom on my EVO 4G….MAN ICS IS THE SHIT. 

  9. When does the 512 Mb of RAM start to cause problems?  The Nook as a gig, don’t really understand why Amazon only went with half that.  Yeah, it’s an e-reader, but they tout it as a multimedia device, they should have put more memory on board.

  10. With other tablets getting Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, consumers will have variety of aside from the Transformer Prime. Money-wise, ICS on Kindle Fire is a good pick.

    1. Not really. although its a nice tablet it only has 8GG of storage, no volume rocker, no GPS, no Blue Tooth and no cameras.

      I would probably on use it as a back up device or something to tinker with.

      1. Agreed. For many reasons, I would rather have a Nook Color for $150. Aside from being a slower processor than the Fire, it does have bluetooth, a micro sd slot, and volume rocker. I’m currently running mine with CyanogenMod, but I’ve already seen videos showing ICS running on it with better results than the above video.

      2. Well the Kindle Fire is primarily for e-book reading so it doesn’t need all those powerful specs.

  11. Theres lots of amazon ecosystem unavailable to Android users. Lending library, Prime Streaming, AWS cloud storage (nothing special aside from document emailing, but you asked)…I’m sure fire only apps in their appstore are sure to follow. Err, I meant fire “optimized”.

    Its the walled garden if Android.

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