Ever since custom recoveries and roms became popular, nandroid backups have been the fall back method for all android enthusiasts, irrespective of their confidence levels. They allow easy backup and restore in case things go wrong, which happens invariably when a modification is being tested. With that being said, how relevant are Nandroid Backups to this day? Back in 2011, when the world of Android was being awed by the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S2, a little modification made its appearance...
Turn Your Galaxy Tab Into a Kindle Fire… Say What!?
We’ve recently seen a great deal of Kindle Fire activity in the forums. With root achieved on launch day and Google Apps access the following day, it’s certainly quite a hacker-friendly device. In fact, development has taken off so quickly that we even questioned whether the Fire would steal the Nook Tablet’s thunder in the budget tablet battle.
However, what happens when someone tries to approach the hacks from the other direction? GigaOM staffer Kevin Tofel decided to do exactly this. After purchasing his Fire, Kevin realized that there was a substantial functionality overlap between his aging first generation Galaxy Tab and his brand new Fire. Rather than trying to eek more functionality out of the Fire, he decided to load some of the Fire software onto his Galaxy Tab. After discovering that the main interface of the Fire was simply a replacement launcher and glorified skin, the rest was a cinch. And with a little bit of tweaking with the Fire’s preinstalled apps, Kevin even managed to get Amazon Prime videos to play on the Tab! Unfortunately, all was not perfect. Kevin experienced frequent Fire UI crashes, which ultimately lead him to uninstall the alternate interface and return to standard Galaxy Tab operation.
If you’re interested in learning how Kevin was able to achieve this logic-defying feet, visit his post on GigaOM. If you’re only after Amazon Prime Video functionality, visit this thread. And if you’re interested in turning your own tablet into a Kindle Fire, make a quick pitstop at the Kindle Fire ROM dump thread first. If you do attempt to modify your own device into a Fire, please let us know how it goes!
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