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Root the Kindle Fire HD or 2 with Mac or Linux

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Previously, we brought you news that the Kindle Fire HD 7″ had been rooted using the popular sparkym3 method. As is the case with some root methods, it wasn’t compatible with operating systems outside of Windows. Now, there is a root method for the Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire 2 that works for Linux and Mac users as well.

XDA Senior Member prokennexusa wrote a root tutorial specifically for Mac and Linux users. It’s compatible with the Kindle Fire HD and the Kindle Fire 2. It’s been tested with Ubuntu and Mac OS X 10.5.8. It also requires 32-bit applications, so if you’re running 64-bit Linux you’ll need to get the IA32 libs or comparable package. On Mac, prokennexusa says y. . . READ ON »

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Just Like That, Kindle Fire HD 7 Receives the Gift of Root

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Just earlier today, we discussed the invulnerable, un-crackable, Kindle Fire HD7 (bootloader, anyway). We talked about how Amazon was trying their hardest to keep you purchasing one important thing for them: content. We also talked about how the device is very well protected at the bootloader level, which means that no custom ROMs will surface any time soon. Having said that, we just became aware thanks to a thread by XDA Elite Recognized Developer jcase that the Kindle Fire HD7 was finally free from its chains and successfully rooted. As it turns out, the exploit was nothing new, and in fact, it was a method developed by XDA Recognized Contributor sparkym3 for the Eee Transformer Prime.

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Jelly Bean on Desire HD, Kindle Fire, Nexus One, and Universal Root for ICS – XDA Developer TV

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Jordan is back today to talk more about Jelly Bean news from the XDA Portal. Jordan covers CyanogenMod 10 for the Kindle Fire and Original Galaxy Tab. The HTC HD2 also gets an unofficial CM10 alpha release. Jordan talks about universal root for Ice Cream Sandwich phones.

In Jelly Bean news, Jordan mentions the Jelly Bean OTA for the Nexus S. Also mentioned are Jelly Bean ports for the Galaxy S II i9100, HTC Evo 4G, Nexus One, MyTouch 4G Slide, Desire HD and the Motorola Defy. Jordan wraps up the video with a mention of the Linux on Android Project. This is a video you cannot miss!

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Kindle Fire 6.2.1 Update Rooted

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Last week, we reported on the 6.2.1 update for the Kindle Fire, which brought some nice improvements but had one major disadvantage: it broke root access. Luckily, recognized developer jcase has managed to get this new update rooted as well, so you can comfortably get your Kindle Fire to the newest software version without any caveats.

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Nook Tablet Rooted, Kindle Under Heavy Fire!

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Just a few days ago, we wrote about how the Kindle Fire was rooted, cracking the doors wide open for development.  We were then unshackled from Amazon’s chains the very next day with full access to Google’s Apps. With all that development work so soon after launch, we assumed that Amazon had stolen Barnes & Noble’s niche.

Perhaps we were a bit too hasty. Today, we are proud to state that the Barnes & Noble’s latest device, the Nook Tablet, has been rooted as well. XDA forum member Indirect achieved root access using the zergRush method, similar to what death2all110 used to root the Fire. Six forum pages later, iShepherd found out that the same method for install. . . READ ON »

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Ready Your Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 for Google Play Store and Custom ROMs

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Amazon’s Kindle line of Android tablets has always been known for being heavily modified to the point where the devices are unrecognizable as Android devices–from user interface and the absence of the Google Play Store, all the way to the custom Amazon App Store. This is no unfamiliar territory, as we should all be well aware of another big name OEM that’s taken this approach, Nokia. If you’re looking for a way to get rid of these restrictions and modifications and run a clean Android ROM on your Kindle Fire HDX 7 but don’t know how to do it, XDA Forum Member taette’s tutorial will be a great starting point.

This tutorial specifically teaches you how to both root your Fire HDX  and save the offi. . . READ ON »

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How to Root Any Device

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Welcome to the XDA-Developers Root Directory. Here, you can find root tutorials for most devices that are on the XDA Forums. Learn how to root any Android device! If you don’t see your device listed or you see a misplaced link, send a PM to PG101, with the device details and a link to the root thread on XDA.

For those new to the world of rooting, acquiring root access essentially grants you elevated permissions. With root access, you are able to access and modify files that would normally be inaccessible, such as files stored on the /data and /system partitions. Having root access also allows you to run an entirely different class of third-party applications and apply deep, system-level modifica. . . READ ON »

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Amazon Fire TV: What You Need to Know – XDA Developer TV

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An announcement from Amazon recently caused the Internet a great deal of excitement. Amazon has expanded its Kindle empire and is attempting to take Google TV, and perhaps the Chromecast, head on with its new Amazon Fire TV. Running Android deep deep down, we recently added a forum for it!

In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK takes a look at the Amazon Fire TV. TK shows off how use the various functions of the device.  TK even shows you how to use the voice search, attach Bluetooth Controllers, and play games on the device. So check out this video.. . . READ ON »

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Xposed Framework Backported to Gingerbread, Galaxy Note 3 Auto-Rooted by Chainfire – XDA Developer TV

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Certain variants of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 have been rooted by none other than XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire. That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is an article reporting on how Xposed Framework has been ported to Gingerbread devices and the announcement that XDA will be at this years Big Android BBQ.

Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Kevin released a video talking about Wakelocks, Jordan released a video helping you get started with Ubuntu Touch development, and TK gave us an Android App Review of Focal. Pull up a chair and check ou. . . READ ON »

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KindleFree Puts a 3rd Party Launcher and Google Play Store on Kindle Fire HD

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When Amazon first released the Kindle Fire HD, there was the famous declaration that it couldn’t be hacked. The challenge was accepted and (spoiler alert) it was hacked anyway. Since then, developers have been having some fun with the device. There is now an application that helps users install third party launchers and the Google Play Store.

XDA Retired Senior Moderator, Elite Recognized Developer, and Godfather of Android Theming Stericson has released an application called KindleFree. For those who have been waiting to get rid of that Amazon home screen, this is the easiest way. Here is the app description:

KindleFree requires Root! This will not root your device!
This application has only been t

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Permanent Root for the Nook HD and HD+, Unofficial CM10 for the HD+

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While the Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7 made quite the splash upon release, the launch of Barnes & Noble’s latest tablets was a bit less bombastic. That didn’t stop developers from noticing and hacking it. Now, the Nook HD and Nook HD+ have root.

XDA Senior Member verygreen has done a lot of work for the latest tablets from Barnes & Noble, starting with root and ending with a very early build of CM10. The root process is for both Windows and Linux. It’s a very easy, one-click solution. Users simply download the package, unzip it, and then run the applicable script. The only known issue is that superuser.apk doesn’t install properly. However, they can easily be fixed by install. . . READ ON »

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Safestrap For Kindle Fire HD Brings Recovery

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The Amazon Kindle Fire HD has been an enigma for developers. Its bootloader was completely locked down, and many claimed it was unhackable. Low and behold, developers still managed to attain root anyway. Of course, that’s only part of the process. Now, the next step has occurred, and Kindle Fire HD owners can now have a custom recovery.

XDA Recognized Developer Hashcode has released Safestrap for the Kindle Fire HD. It’s capable of giving the newest Kindle a custom recovery. If you’re a little fuzzy on how Safestrap works, Hashcode explains:

Safestrap is a Bootstrap / Recovery for locked bootloader phones. The goal is to avoid touching your primary system (I’ll call this “stock” sy

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Backup and Restore System Software Without Custom Recovery on the Amazon Kindle Fire HD

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Late last month, we brought you news that the unhackable Amazon Kindle Fire HD got rooted. It was a pretty exciting achievement because that’s the first step in any device’s development process. However, users who go for root have had to be careful because there isn’t a custom recovery yet for the Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire 2. There is still a way to backup your system, though.

XDA Forum Moderator kinfauns has written up a method that’ll backup system software so that users can restore it in case things go wrong. As kinfauns explains:

I’ve been a little concerned about everybody jumping in without a safety net in place. There are numerous ways that this device can get bricked. N

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