Amazon Kindle Fire gets Jelly Bean 4.1.1 beta port [VIDEO]


Amazon’s Kindle Fire isn’t the most ideal tablet for those who want the latest and greatest Android has to offer, and we aren’t necessarily mad about that — it was pretty much a given that we wouldn’t see the likes of Honeycomb or Ice Cream Sandwich considering Amazon is quite fin with their heavily-customized UI running on top of Gingerbread.

We imagine things could change soon as Amazon might want to allow users to download Android 4.0+ apps, but for now that’s just not the case. There may be an alternative, though, as the device has gotten a port of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The port is VERY rough around the edges, but considering it’s a beta we can’t be too vexed about that.

All we know is that we’re happy the development community is as talented as it is because there’s nothing wrong with getting yet another option. Does this mean you should run out and buy a Kindle Fire? Not necessarily.

The device costs just as much as the Nexus 7 and is considerably weaker under the hood. Still, those who already own the device and have grown tired of Amazon’s walled garden may have something to look forward to soon enough. Head here if you want to give it a shot. Be sure to see it in action in the video above, courtesy of Liliputing. [Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Sweet! Can’t wait to try it once wifi is working.

  2. Never understood why developers had any interest in kindle fire. It’s specs are extremely limited and it has no sd card port. Which was why I bought a Nook Color. Is Jellybean available for Nook Color yet? I’ve been running cm7 on my nook color for over eight months now on an sd card build to keep my two year warranty and so far I have no complaints. Thinking of jumping to nexus 7. Only thing I would miss would be sd card capability.

    1. Because it’s cheap, works well enough and its parent company isn’t in danger of bankruptcy.

      I don’t see much point in JB, though, without microphone, since Google Now will be neutered.

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