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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 4, 2014

Got a Kindle Fire? Try a Lollipop Build!

Android Lollipop was released just a month ago and almost instantly, a large number of third party developers jumped to action in porting this version of Google's OS onto various devices. Some of them will be officially supported in time, but a larger number will never get an official Lollipop update since their respective OEMs have decided to abandon them long ago. Devices that receive Android 5.0 ports don't have to be new. Even the devices from late 2010 have gotten...

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Jimmy McGee · Nov 26, 2014

Amazon Fire TV Stick vs Chromecast – XDA TV

There is no doubt that Amazon is a huge player in many markets, and they want to be a huge player in the mobile market as well. From the Kindle hardware and app to the new Amazon Fire TV, Amazon is big enough to play with Google in its own sandbox. But can it outlast Google in its own game? In this episode of XDA TV, XDA TV Producer TK compares the new Amazon Fire Stick to Google’s Chromecast. Recently...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Sep 22, 2012

How to Connect to any Kindle Fire Device with ADB

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...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 11, 2012

Amazon’s Kindle Fire Line Business Strategy – Good or Bad? – XDA Developer TV

Recently, Amazon announced new products in the Kindle Fire product line. In fact, we even gave the Fire HD 7 a place here in our forums. We have long heard that Amazon sells their Kindle tablets at a loss. They sell them for less than it costs them to make it.  While this helps keep the price point low, is it a wise investment for Amazon?  What is the point of this strategy? XDA Developer TV Producer azrienoch is here...

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Former Writer · Aug 31, 2012

Script Helps Users Configure ADB and Fastboot on Linux

Installing Ubuntu, or really any Linux distro, for the first time can be a little intimidating for some. Most Windows or Mac users haven't used *nix terminal commands nearly enough, so it's only natural for mistakes to happen at first. For many users, Android was their first glimpse into Linux, and in many cases, requires them to use Linux for various fixes or installations. Now, there's a script that gets ADB and Fastboot installed on Linux with minimal involvement. In order...

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Former Writer · Jul 22, 2012

Theming the Jelly Bean Lockscreen

With all the excitement surrounding the Jelly Bean source code release, and the subsequent flurry of development work, it was only a matter of time before someone started modifying it. While more involved modifications have yet to make their appearance, users can now modify the Jelly Bean lockscreen on the Amazon Kindle Fire. Instead of simply providing various recovery-flashable update.zip files, XDA Senior Member Josepho1997 has written a short tutorial explaining how users can do it themselves. This is a nice, simple,...

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Former Writer · Jul 20, 2012

Unofficial CM10 for the Kindle Fire and Original Galaxy Tab

We are well into the march of Jelly Bean, and the number of devices that have gotten Google's latest and greatest is quite staggering. There are so many, in fact, that we are dedicating entire XDA TV episodes to it. A couple of the latest devices to get Jelly Bean---more specifically unofficial CM10 builds---are the Amazon Kindle Fire and the Samsung Galaxy Tab. The Amazon Kindle Fire was given unofficial CM10 by XDA Senior Member twa_priv, and the Galaxy Tab was...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 12, 2012

Team Win Recovery Project Updated to 2.2

Just about three months ago, we brought you news that the Team Win Recovery Project had received a massive update to version 2.1. April's release largely heralded the start of a new age in recoveries---where one would no longer have to deal with cumbersome menus, instead interacting with a very user-friendly GUI. It wasn't simply about the GUI either. In addition to bringing an unrivaled level of UI polish, TWRP 2.1 offered users many advanced features such as update.zip queuing, a basic...

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FallenWriter · Jul 11, 2012

The Kindle Fire: A Status Update

The Amazon Kindle Fire is a device like no other. Touted by Amazon as a low-priced iPad killer, it has carved out quite a niche for itself in the seven months since its release. Looking back to November of last year, it seemed like no single Android tablet would ever be able to pull significant market share from Apple's flagship tablet. Yet not only has the Fire succeeded in doing just that, but it has managed to create a very...

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Former Writer · Apr 30, 2012

New User Guide for the Kindle Fire

Getting an Android tablet for the first time can be an overwhelming experience. Of course, users going to get an Android tablet already know that and accept the challenge, but that doesn't stop users from having those first day jitters. Thankfully, XDA is not only a place of development, but also a place to learn for many users---especially ones new to Android itself. Now, Amazon Kindle Fire owners have a great place to get started thanks to XDA Senior Member kinfauns, who wrote a tutorial...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 10, 2012

Team Win Recovery Project Updated to 2.1

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: touch-based recoveries are the future. Aside from giving end users easier access to device firmware modification, they add a much needed element of polish to the Android hacking experience. While some may say that these upgrade recoveries take away from the feelings of thrill and excitement, I argue that they offer a more efficient interface and enable some truly unique new features not available in the recoveries of yesteryear. In a...

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Conan Troutman · Apr 3, 2012

FireFireFire – Custom Bootloader For the Kindle Fire

The Amazin Kindle Fire has proven itself to be a very popular and capable device. There is certainly no shortage of development for the device, much of which is listed in a very helpful thread posted by XDA Senior Member stiffmast3r. Many people tend to immediately think of custom ROMs and kernels as the be-all and end-all of development that happens on XDA, and the bootloader of our devices is often overlooked. However this is not the case over in the Kindle...

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Former Writer · Mar 19, 2012

Build Your Own Kindle Fire Factory Cable

Many Samsung devices can be placed into download mode using a USB Jig, which when plugged in, allows users to ODIN restore a factory ROM from what would normally be a hard brick. Motorola devices and, as it happens, the Amazon Kindle Fire, have a similar option called the factory cable. The factory cable, as explained by the Team Black Hat: Unlike a normal USB cable these cables are wired in a way that compatible Motorola phones recognize as a "factory"...

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Former Writer · Mar 17, 2012

Flash Recovery and Bootloader Without Fastboot for Kindle Fire

As development for a popular device goes on, eventually users and developers will find new ways of performing already available tasks. Features of these new ways generally include features such as being easier to use, so the less tech savvy crowd can get in on the modding action and adding new options that are just really cool. Such is the case with a method posted by XDA Senior Member smirkis, which allows users of the Amazon Kindle Fire to install a...

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Former Writer · Feb 5, 2012

Kindle Fire Market Fixes Increases Compatibility

One of the drawbacks to buying any device that doesn't have Google Apps by default is the Android Market can be a little frustrating. Sometimes, not all the apps your device can run will show up. Other times, maybe apps you cannot run will show up. In any case, it can be a hassle. For users of the Amazon Kindle Fire, your Market woes are one step closer to being over. XDA Member enkode has released a method that adds...

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liwen · Jan 29, 2012

Amazon Kindle Fire Already Caught Up With Samsung Galaxy Tab

Android tablets have increased their marketshare in 2011, from 29% in late 2010 to 39%, but not because of the strength of the Android ecosystem. Sure, us geeks like them for their powerful hardware, but most normal consumers are rather drawn to the Kindle Fire. The Amazon tablet runs a forked Android version, as we explained earlier, and has proven to be extremely popular. Even though there are still more Galaxy Tabs in the wild, the Kindle Fire already sees...

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liwen · Jan 21, 2012

Kindle Fire Receiving 6.2.2 Update, Adds Full-Screen Browsing

What seems to be the most popular Android tablet out there right now, Amazon's Kindle Fire, has received an OTA update starting a few days ago. As always, it initially broke root access, but our forum members have already found a workaround for that. So, there's no point trying to prevent it now, else you won't get the following features: This update enhances fluidity and performance, improves support for manually set up e-mail providers in the Email app, and offers...

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Former Writer · Jan 12, 2012

Mod For Amazon Kindle Fire Allows RTL Support

XDA Senior Member Azdian has developed a nice little mod that will add RTL (right to left) language support for Amazon Kindle Fire users. The process is a little complicated and involves switching out a few lib files. So if you're not confident with fiddling with the framework of the device, make sure you do some homework and get comfortable with it before attempting as messing up can damage your device. Be sure, as always, to perform a full back...

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Former Writer · Jan 10, 2012

Amazon Kindle Fire Unbrick Utility

For those who don't like Windows, we've already told you about Firekit LiveUSB Repair Kit, but if you do like Windows, there's now a way to fix your Amazon Kindle Fire. XDA Member Zombiepiratez has created a helpful little program for Windows that will help you fix the brick. It runs in Windows Command Prompt, so the UI is dead simple to use and the selections are easy to understand, so noobs need not fear in terms of difficulty. Unfortunately,...

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Former Writer · Jan 6, 2012

Firekit LiveUSB Repair Kit for Kindle Fire

Sometimes, Windows just doesn't cut it. Many developers use some distro of Linux for most of their work and, while better off than most Mac users, Windows has the capacity to cause mammoth headaches. This is especially true for some Amazon Kindle Fire owners, who've reported having trouble with ADB and Fastboot drivers on Windows. To rescue comes XDA Senior Member pokey9000 who has devised a method for getting around this and restore Kindle Fire owners to their headache free...

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