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Got a Kindle Fire? Try a Lollipop Build!

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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 some Lollipop love. Thanks to XDA Recognized Developer Hashcode, Amazon Kindle Fire users are able to test the newest version of Android platform on their devices. Hashcode’s build is still very early and requires lots of t. . . READ ON »

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Amazon Fire TV Stick vs Chromecast – XDA TV

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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 TK reviewed Amazon’s newest Fire TV device. How does this compare to the Chromecast? Check out this video to find out!. . . READ ON »

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How to Connect to any Kindle Fire Device with ADB

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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, Kin. . . READ ON »

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

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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 to give his opinion on Amazon’s Kindle Fire line business strategy.  Is it a wise thing for Amazon to sell their Kindle Fire products at a loss to make sure that customers are in the Amazon content ecosystem? Do any other manufactures have the ability to replicate this? To find out azrienoch’s answers t. . . READ ON »

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Script Helps Users Configure ADB and Fastboot on Linux

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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 to use the script, you must have one of two things. Either a full installation of Linux or a Live USB with a minimum of 800MB available. Additionally, the script is only compatible with Ubuntu and Mint, and has been show. . . READ ON »

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Theming the Jelly Bean Lockscreen

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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, and introductory tutorial into theming for anyone who wants to give it a shot. Users will need Photoshop or some other image editing program, such as Gimp. Additionally, users . . . READ ON »

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Unofficial CM10 for the Kindle Fire and Original Galaxy Tab

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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 given its goods thanks to XDA Recognized Developer cdesai. In both instances, as has become typical for new builds, the ROMs have quite a bit working and quite a bit broken.

No list of things not working is provided for the Kindle Fire. . . READ ON »

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Team Win Recovery Project Updated to 2.2

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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 file manager, and dual storage support for Nandroid backups. Additionally, TWRP added support for the open source scripting engine OpenRecoveryScript, which works in conjunction with the pr. . . READ ON »

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The Kindle Fire: A Status Update

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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 dedicated following here on XDA. Let’s take a look at what’s been going on.

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Root for the Kindle Fire happened here on XDA very quickly. Even the fact that Amazon opted not to include the standard Google Applications was overcome rather quickly. It was the bootloade. . . READ ON »

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