Dec 07 AT 12:15 PM Edgar Cervantes 95 Comments

Video: Android 4.0 running on a Kindle Fire

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The Amazon Kindle Fire is definitely one of the best deals you can find for an Android tablet. For a mere $200, this tablet has been flying off the shelves, and is even expected to comprise half of the Android tablet market by next year. It is mostly the price/specs that make this device so desirable, as well as Amazon’s services. But Android fans believe that the software is very limited compared to the usual Android tablet.

This may lead you to a high-end tablet, but many users may rather not shell out $500 or more for a tablet. Luckily, the developer community has come to the rescue. The Nook Color also had the same locked down nature, but after developers did their work on it, people had Android fully running, along with all the extra features. If you’ve been waiting for developers to get full Android working on the Amazon Kindle Fire, your lucky day may be coming soon.

This developer (G1011999) has been hard at work porting Android 4.0 to the Kindle Fire, and he now has it booting up and the touchscreen working. After taking a look at the About Phone, under settings, the developer demonstrates that the Android version is 4.0.1. Not much else seems to work, but this is proof that we should start seeing some results soon, whether it’s from this developer or another.

Take a look at the video to see Ice Cream Sandwich running on a Kindle Fire, the same device that many of you own right now. Will you be flashing Android 4.0 (or any other version) to your Kindle Fire once it’s possible? Who knows, maybe a Beta version will be out before the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is released.

Via: Phandroid

Source: g1011999 (YouTube)

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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  • james bricknell

    Kindle fire and ICS= Baked alaska?

    • Futureboy

      … or fried ice cream. (drooling)

    • Sean the Electrofreak

      I like my Ice Cream Sandwiches just like this; with plain vanilla. ;)

      • Richard Pawley

        I see what you did there… ;-)

        Can’t wait for the Fire to drop over here in the UK, you guys in the states got a taste of what we feel like when you got the Galaxy S2 months after we did. Sucks doesn’t it? I wish they’d just sort out global launches so we all get the same kit at the same time.

        Droid RAZR just turned up too. Yay for Gingerbread… :-/

  • latouffe

    Fire is so cheap that i could buy it for christmas just to test ICS :)!

    • WarDrake

      with ICS on it, i’m seriously thinking about getting one now…

      • desean

        Me too. If ICS really works, I may consider getting the Fire.

    • ranwanimator

      If you feel like throwing some of that superfluous money my way it’d be much appreciated.

      • mikesuds

        I’ll go ahead and call sloppy seconds on that dough.

      • pikahatonjon


    • Jeff

      But with only 512MB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, and no option for external storage, I would think that the Nook Tablet would be a better option for just $50 more.

      • azswift

        I agree, and if you join the B&N book club you get $25.00 off. At just $25.00 more that sounds much better. I’ve seen that the Nook Tablet has been rooted, but no word on new firmware…

      • ablkida

        Yeah RAM could be a problem, but we got the cloud now for storage i.e. Google Music, Picasa, Netflix etc etc… so it is still a decent option for those of us who don’t have the cash to purchase the Transformer Prime.

      • erasmo18

        I agrea the Nook seams a much better option.

        Plus you can sideload apps into the device, so all you need to do is enable unknown sources for installation, run the Amazon App Store .apk file, and you’re good to go.

        No need to root it at all.

    • thechad

      sweet for sure

  • Bryan Stoner

    If ICS becomes fully functional then my parents will definitely see this under their Christmas tree XD Keep it up Mr. G1011999!

  • james bricknell

    that lock screen was honeycomb not ics..

    • Bryan Stoner

      I hear some hate… Can you do what this guy just did??

      • james bricknell

        haha actually i am working on a port for my asus transformer so i might be able to.

        it wasnt hate. i just thought it looked like hc. my ICS doesnt unlock with that graphic

        • james bricknell

          having looked at the video more closly the settings menu is deff ICS. so maybe the tablet version has changed the unlock.. or because the Fire doesnt have a camera it has used the old unlock screen.

          • chris

            Shut up hater.

          • Bryan Stoner

            Aw poo now I feel mean. Keep up the great work on your Transformer port! Are you going to post it on XDA?

          • james bricknell

            if i can ever get the damn thing to run i will. so far it turns on and thats about it. need to spend some time with it.

            and it goes all to hell when i put it in the dock.

  • Kevin Amundson

    Now the Kindle Fire is really looking like a great deal!

  • goncalossilva

    The Kindle Fire just became MUCH more appealing.

  • koorsr

    When they get this fully working it is going to be amazing. I was leaning towards getting the Transformer Prime, but I might have to pick a Kindle Fire up instead.

    • stenzor

      As much as I love ICS, I don’t think it will be very smooth on the Kindle Fire due to hardware limitations :(

      • james bricknell

        i dont see why. it runs amazing on the nexus s and that has pretty much the same spec as the fire

  • seven2k

    Wow..the Fire is becoming more attractive. Nice price too!!

  • Futureboy

    Let’s hear it for the hard working devs out there giving back to the community and making our devices even more awesome!

  • thekaz

    you know what I’d like to see? ICS running on a Verizon Galaxy Nexus.. in my hand…

  • tengo

    I love the work the Android developer community does! Now excuse me while I run out and buy a kindle fire.

  • cheeseasaurus

    ICS ports seem to be coming along more quickly than earlier versions. Surprises me as its such a large number of changes right down to the kernel again (although 2.x to 3.x) isn’t as big as it sounds. I’m just excited to see the kindle fire is so quickly coming into a position where we can really take advantage of the hardware.

  • jamal

    Gotta love the Developer Community and their commitment to get the latest and greatest on as many devices as possible, unlike the manufacturers and carriers.

  • Michael Catley

    Kindle fire the next Nook in terms of hacking and getting more bang for your buck.

  • Lee Swanson

    That’s pretty cool!

  • Diaeko

    the question know is…”why dont buy the kindle fire?”

  • Diaeko

    the question know …”why dont buy the kindle fire?”

    • Diaeko

      my inet sucks thats why it double posted

  • Billy


    Any news on getting ICS on a Touchpad? It has been a while since I have seen any Touchpad/Android news.

    • tony_123

      touchpad blows deer balls

  • Kris Isaksen

    Ok, I’m back to wanting one of these now.

  • theJP

    I would buy one of these for sure if I didn’t already have a galaxy tab 10.1

  • Ilyse Rose

    I still don’t think I want a Fire, but now it’s pretty tempting.

  • psipher

    considering that the original ASUS Transformer has recently been on sale for less than $300, I’d rather get that…and it is slated to get ICS officially.

  • Alex

    My physics teacher just got one a Fire and I’ve been bugging her to let me put a custom rom on it haha XD Maybe she’ll finally say yes if I show her this

    • Andrew

      Physics teacher? Mmmmmm :)

  • mikeytusa

    That’s really all I have been waiting for with my Kindle Fire. The Amazon UI is not that great but the price and specs of this device make it great for rooting and ROMing.

  • Kaote

    This is what I love the most about the Android community, keep up the good work developers, modders and tinkerers.

  • marcustg

    Nice..Fire and Ice gonna be a winner team! want to buy it. :)

  • Homncruse

    Ice Cream Sandwich on Fire? Must be leading the way for Android 8.0, “Milk”.

    (Although really, Android 8.0 “Milk and Cookies” would be an awesome name!)

  • lanza_david

    Hmmmm… Thinking about it….

  • inviolable

    Intriguing, but I just can’t have a 7 inch tablet. It’s a 7 right? I remember the first time I saw the HTC flyer in the store. It looked tiny. Given how cheap Amazon sells so many products, I wonder how low they would sell a 10 inch.

    • Matt Yearian

      My thoughts exactly, especially with 4.5+ inch phones coming out.

  • zyphbear

    I’m glad someone is doing this, though I am hoping to see what it really looks like in the end and if it can support ICS without slowdowns.

    I am pretty surprised how good it looks on the 7in screen though!

  • Matt Yearian

    Very cool, looks to run decent enough already.

  • James Conley

    Time to upgrade from my first gen nook or win one of the tablets here :)

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  • honourbound68

    what i would give for this to be on the nook tablet.. damned locked bootloader!!

    • tony_123

      i know the nook tablet is so much better then the fire!

  • McLovin

    I got the Kindle for my 13 year old. (That’s what I tell myself. LOL) I already have a rooted Nook and an Alpha Cyanogen modded HP TouchPad.

    The Android on this tablet is very locked down and hardly even looks like Android much. If you try to go to the Android Market they (Amazon) redirect you to the Amazon Market. I did get to work within the stock Kindle Fire experience. So I’ll be very happy to get a full Android experience running on this they are stable. I hope they do a dual boot loader option like they did with the HP TouchPad. It’s nice to be able to quickly go back to the native OS for some things.

    One other note about the Kindle Fire. In order to get the free app of the day, etc, you have to have a billing account available. I didn’t want my 13 year old having my credit card registered on the device. One-click-purchasing could be dangerous in the hands of a child. Amazon Gift cards do not work as a billing account. I did get a generic $20 Visa gift card without a monthly or backed up to another credit card that is working. So my kid can get the free apps now and not wreck my credit card. It’s completely registered to my kid without me in the loop.

  • Hall Lo

    I love how fast we have another ICS tablet already ;) This is the Android community! xD

  • HoLfElDeR

    Mind Blowing

  • philippegee

    What a device! I’m keeping my eyes peeled for more developments with ICS!

  • Jeremy Johns

    my problem with the kindle and many other tablets of that size is just that. The size. If i am going to go that small with a screen then i just want to use my cell phone. If I wish to go larger than my cell screen then I want something that is at least 10″. Personally I think tablet screens need to go up in size about 2 inches.

    • phaet2112

      that small (7″) is still bigger than an average paperback book.

  • Ei91

    cant wait for it

  • cvt2002

    when to lg2x

  • jenskristian

    Sweet. Waiting for some ICS for Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy S 2 myself.

  • Judah-Dean Abbey

    A definate must have!

  • donger


  • ToonPanda

    AwesomeSauce. This is why I love android.

  • nsk1621

    It seems that the Kindle Fire is quickly becoming the next Nook Color…

  • myandroid99

    can’t wait to try icecreamsandwich

  • tony_123

    Nook Color is Better!!

  • kevin charliethesuperturtle

    Are people hating on my toothpaste,
    cause i dont see no ics on my toothpaste :((((((

  • lufy0000

    might actually head out and get one now………….still worry about the limited ram

  • lufy0000

    the touchscreen seems to respond slowly, he was really careful and took a long time for each touch

  • aranea

    This may be a reason to buy Kindle Fire. Has ICS made it’s way to Nook Tablet yet?

  • humidity

    Impressive, very impressive!

  • Renato S.

    Will developers embrace the new Nook Tablet as well?

  • antfelici

    I wish I knew how to do this.

  • eioous


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  • Robert Whittaker

    With the Fire being released in the uk q1 next year and mips comming out, I might actually get my hands on tablet. Or rather my wife will!

  • jimmy_bones


  • Samar

    Sweet Man..but doesn’t the Amazon subscription get void if You root the Kindle !! Is it worth it.

  • Tom Murphy

    Great stuff

  • aaroncoffman3

    Glad to hear, thinking of picking one up now.

  • Torrance Barber

    I’d buy that for a dollar…aha…ha….ha

  • gherea