Kindle Fire gets Android 4.0 ICS port, stays relevant

Dec 27, 2011
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I've been messing around with a Kindle Fire for the past week or so as my good pal Marty picked one up pre-Christmas for the holiday stay up here in Northern Minnesota - it's been great but for the lack of Ice Cream Sandwich. That is to say, it's OK, but it's not the perfect masterpiece that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich would make it. Hackers have taken the reigns this past week and have made a port of the newest Android mobile operating system a relative reality here on this PlayBook form clone, making us once again wonder if it's worth the cheap, cheap price it costs.

You'll be treated here to a vision of Ice Cream Sandwich working on the Fire, complete with some lovely widgets and the cyan coloring. Not one whole heck of a lot of the primary functions are working in full force as of yet, but it's encouraging to see. This especially since this device was not approved by Google and therefor did not have the Android Market nor a suite of Google-made apps, not to mention a custom user interface that made the whole system appear Amazon in nature.

It's not like the Kindle Fire isn't up to spec when it comes to having a great user experience right out of the box, but here we've got a whole new world of accessibility. What will you do with your tablet when you're able to do everything a normal tab could do? Surely not take photos or video, that's for certain. Play some Riptide for a good time, even without the hacks. Instructions for making this process happen can be found here: Liliputing and take cation from start to finish.

[via Liliputing]


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