If you are among the millions who have already purchased the Amazon Kindle Fire, you may be pleased to learn that Amazon’s new Android tablet has already been rooted. The Kindle Fire’s rooting method was discovered by death2all11o who used the Android SDK and SuperOneClick 2.2 to do a lot of the heavy lifting. The instructions provided by death2all11o are simple and straight forward for anyone who’s used ADB and the SDK in the past.
Currently, there’s not much that can be done with root access on the Kindle Fire, but we should see a few custom ROMs pop up within the next few weeks and maybe even an unofficial port of the Android Market. Due to the Kindle Fire’s massive user base, we suspect that the development community will rally behind Amazon’s little tablet and give the Nook Color developers a run for their money. As Ice Cream Sandwich was just released into AOSP, perhaps we’ll even see Google’s latest and greatest operating system make its way to the Kindle Fire.
Keep in mind, you do not need root access on the Kindle Fire in order to side-load applications on the device. Amazon retained the standard “Allow Installation of Applications From Unknown Sources” option found in the tablet’s settings – allowing users to load up their applications one at a time or use one of the many third-party app stores available.