The Kindle Fire HD 7” is quite an intriguing device. Technically it uses its own operating system, “FireOS,” which is essentially a skinned variant of Android 4.2.2. Of course, it was only a matter of time before fully fledged Android was ported to this device. Actually, lots of development related activity has happened since September 2012, when the device was made public.
One of the latest development projects for this tablet comes from XDA Senior Member SafinWasi, who compiled a new kernel for this device with fast charge enabled. Fast charge itself isn’t a new concept, and you can find it in various projects since 2011. This modification enables charging with the full power of your AC or USB charger, enabling devices to be fully charged much faster than using the throttled current.
Installation of this kernel is pretty straightforward. All you need to do is reboot your Kindle into the fastboot mode, flash the kernel, and reboot the device. The magic can be done within terminal or by using one of the popular applications able to control the kernel.
If you own a Kindle Fire HD 7”, you may try to boost up the speed of its charging. To do so, head over to the FastCharge kernel for the Kindle Fire HD 7 thread and give it a try. Keep in mind that this kernel is described as an alpha, so there might be some flaws available here and there.
Ask any Android enthusiast and they’ll tell you that ADB is one of the best things since sliced bread. However, due to the vast range of Android devices available and the significant differences between them at the hardware level, using an ADB connection via USB isn’t always a plug-and-play operation. You need to find the right drivers and configure them properly before you can start using ADB. If you’ve got any variant of Kindle Fire, you can easily configure its ADB drivers on your computer using the official guide provided by Amazon.
XDA Senior Member dburckh has shared the guide with us. These drivers should work for all Kindle Fire variants including the old and new Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD 7″ and Kindle Fire HD 8.9″. The process of setting up the drivers is quite straightforward, and merely requires you to add a source to the Android SDK Manager that enables you to download the latest drivers from Amazon.
To get the link to Amazon’s official guide or join the discussion, head over to the forum thread.
September 20, 2012 By: egzthunder1
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.
A while back, sparkym3 found an exploit for ICS that allowed developers easily obtain root. However, shortly after it was published, Google patched up the exploit and it stopped working on more updated builds of ICS and above. Fast forward a few months, and we are sitting in front of an ICS-based device. As it turns out, it looks like the good people from Amazon did not exactly do their due diligence, and happened to miss a commit posted on AOSP that discussed and dealt with the hole found by sparkym3. When devs started looking for exploits and tried a few out, this one seemed to work. It was tried a few times over and confirmed that the invulnerable device indeed had an Achilles’ heel. All in all, the hole is present in the latest KF code. This prompted the dev to pick up the old exploit again and write an easy-to-use tool for this partuclar device.
The new app can be found under the name Qemu Automated Root, and using it is a simple ordeal. Y0u simply need to make sure that you have the correct drivers installed on your PC, which also happen to be provided in the thread. So, if this is what you were waiting for to make the jump to the HD 7 while laughing at Amazon’s misfortune, take it for a spin. If you truly need some hand holding to do this, XDA Forum Member reverendkjr has posted a video on how to root the device.
This tool will root your device based on my qemu local.prop root method.
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[Thanks to jcase for the tip!]
September 9, 2012 By: Will Verduzco
What a week it’s been for technology. First, we took a peak at Motorola’s announcement, in which details were presented about Windows Phone 8 and some upcoming devices. Among them was the Droid RAZR M, which is the successor to the original Droid RAZR. While it features mid-range specs by today’s standards, it’s certainly no slouch. It features a 4.3″ screen packing in 960 x 540 pixels, a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4, a gig of RAM, a 2000 mAh battery, and most importantly, it comes preloaded with Ice Cream Sandwich.
Motorola’s event wasn’t the only source of excitement, as Amazon introduced two new models to the Kindle Fire line. In addition to the much anticipated Kindle Fire HD 8.9″, which will ship in late November, they also saw fit to update their 7″ model. The Kindle Fire HD 7, which will ship later this week, features a 1280 x 800 7″ IPS panel, 1 GB of RAM, a 1.2 GHz dual-core OMAP 4460 processor, and a heavily modified version of Ice Cream Sandwich. They also gave a minor facelift to the standard Kindle Fire. Although the exact differences are unclear, Amazon states that the Kindle Fire 2 features twice the RAM, a beefier battery, and “40% faster performance.”
The successor to Samsung’s best-selling “phablet” was also given a home in our forums. The Galaxy Note 2, which should appear on store shelves next month, will feature a 1.6 GHz quad-core (most likely Exynos 4412) processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 5.5″ 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED HD display, and a 3100 mAh battery. Most impressively, it will run Jelly Bean out of the box.
Interested in getting in on the discussion? Head over to the newly created forums: