Nov 29 AT 4:36 PM Dustin Earley 27 Comments

CyanogenMod 7 ported to Kindle Fire; functional ROM still a ways off

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When the Kindle Fire first came out, the director of Amazon’s Silk browser project, Jon Jenkins, was sure to mention that Amazon doesn’t really care if you root the Kindle Fire or not. He said that “it’s going to get rooted, and what you do after you root it is up to you.” Not only was that great news for hackers who want to see what they can do with a rooted Fire, but also for developers who want to make the Kindle Fire a fully fledged Ice Cream Sandwich tablet someday. That time may still be a ways off, but the ground work has been laid.

A partially functional CyanogenMod 7 port for the Kindle Fire has gone live today, complete with picture proof that the ROM does indeed boot. As of right now, there’s a lot wrong. One of the first hurdles to leap is the malfunctioning multitouch controller. But on a good note, WiFi is already functioning — something that has been known to give ROM developers a hard time on other devices.

As mentioned before, it’s going to be awhile until a fully functional port is up and running. Considering how long it took for this to pop up, though (a mere two weeks!), I wouldn’t doubt if it was sooner than later.

Could the Kindle Fire become the hacker’s dream tablet? Considering the hardware and the price, I wouldn’t doubt it. If you thought the Fire was popular before, just wait until it gets Ice Cream Sandwich. Assuming that someday a fully functioning ROM makes its way to the device, I don’t think anyone could turn it down.

Via: The Verge

Source: XDA

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • Canterrain

    I managed to get a touchpad while it was on fire sale, and have CM7 running on it.

    If anyone can make it happen, team CM can. And maybe that’s all the fire needs to be a great tablet. But even with ICS someday I’m not sure it will be enough.

    As I play with my CM7 touchpad I am sometimes left feeling something is missing from android tablet.

    ICS will fix some of that, but not all. In fact I worry that the direction will cause more problems. Tablet compatible (it uses the whole screen) isn’t necessarily tablet optimized (using the whole screen to its best potential).

    But none the less the alpha roms for the touchpad really show the great talent behind CM team.

  • Homncruse

    Man, if I was in the market for a new tablet, it’s hard to resist the allure of the Kindle Fire. My coworker has one (I can see it from my desk right now!) and it’s damn sexy. I wonder if he’ll let me root it and install CM on it when it’s stable enough for a daily driver?

  • jaredsk74

    I really hope this takes off, it looks very promising.

  • charliethesuperturtle

    No cheap table can be as cheap and powerful as the HP toothpaste
    But this is a close second

    • Homncruse

      Oh PLEASE tell me this was an autocorrection failure!

      • Dustin Earley

        I almost want it to be on purpose. From now on, I’m calling it the toothpaste.

        • Homncruse

          Wait, there’s another autocorrect in there. “No cheap *table*”. So HP is getting out of the desktop computer and WebOS market, and apparently into the… toothpaste market? They can’t even do that right if people are using it to make *tables*! I’m certainly not brushing my teeth with that.

          • b4b4.4l1

            I just can’t stop LOL reading all these comments XD

          • charliethesuperturtle

            I.meant table and toothpaste! Darn.

        • charliethesuperturtle

          What ever u say Dustin earley

          • Homncruse

            We know you meant table and toothpaste. That’s why you said it. Twice, even. :)


      I think you’re referring to HP Touchpad. The device could had been long kept hidden below the basement. Thanks to CM7, it breaths a new life to the tablet.

      Rooting Kindle Fire into CM7 might also follow the same fate of the Touchpad and CM9 will possibly raise the device sky-high.

  • mimogear

    The Kindle Fire really impressed me. This mod will be the icing on the cake XD Keep it up Cyanogen!

  • Dev-CreativeReach

    Cant wait for a $199 tablet with ICS.

  • theirishboxer

    i love my kindle fire. if it gets ICS i will be in heaven

    • John Walker

      but you’ll loose all the amazon prime perks

      • azswift

        Anybody think a mod with Amazon Prime perks could be created? Maybe for other devices too…

  • CTown

    Linux and Wifi… it can be so hard to make them get along!

  • issac4760

    can’t wait to try ICS on the kindle fire….

  • Nathan

    Good to know. Now I can root one if my bro gets one =)

  • Lane Montgomery

    I’m buying one of these when cm7 goes stable on it!

  • YNWA

    Show me it running ICS without lag and I will buy one. That will be money well spent.

    • Monochrome

      Only a matter of time now. I’m sure once CM7 is ported, porting CM9 will be much easier. There’s already an alpha build of CM9 (ICS) out. Think I’m getting a kindle fire for Xmas…..

  • Luke Haviland

    I wish my charge had cyanogenmod

  • golcarcol

    This is why I love Android and the community of developers that are part of it. Props to these guys who go out of their way to give us these awesome roms on so many devices. It’s because of them that Android is as great as it is!

  • honourbound68

    for those that have the kindle fire… is the 8 gb enough?? that’s what’s holding me up :(

  • zippyioa

    Gotta love the CM crew!