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Former Writer · Jan 9, 2013

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

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...

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Former Writer · Jan 5, 2013

Root the Kindle Fire HD or 2 with Mac or Linux

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...

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Former Writer · Dec 4, 2012

Kindle HD 8.9 ROM Ported to the Nexus S

Ports are quite popular around these parts. Aside from offering an often times vastly different experience, users can experience all new features not available on their stock firmware. The more unique the port, the better. Now, the Samsung Nexus S has a Kindle Fire 8.9 port. The port was released by XDA Senior Member GalaxyUser. As can be expected with an early port of something so different as the Kindle Fire HD ROM, there are quite a few things still...

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Former Writer · Nov 10, 2012

Safestrap For Kindle Fire HD Brings Recovery

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....

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Former Writer · Oct 22, 2012

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

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...

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egzthunder1 · Sep 20, 2012

No Devs Allowed? Kindle Fire HD Family Locked Down

As is customary with most devices from major manufacturers, the new Kindle Fire HD brothers are coming out of Amazon's womb very much locked down. Well, not just locked down---that would be a bit of an understatement. The KFHD family is beyond being locked, and according to Amazon's engineers, the new system is impossible to crack. XDA Recognized Contributor kinfauns has started a discussion thread in the newly added forum to talk about and discuss the possible cracks available (if any) on...

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