Kindle Fire comes pre-loaded with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but Amazon’s software engineers took their time to customize the user interface of the operating system developed by Google which resulted into an experience that can’t be compared to the one on any other Android device.
It’s recommended to always keep your device up to date with the latest firmware updates as each new software upgrade will bring fixed bugs, improvements in performance and new features.
There are two types of firmware updates: official and unofficial. The official updates are the ones released by the company that manufactures the device, in our case Amazon, while the unofficial updates are most of the times ROMs leaked ahead of the official release. The official updates are known for being more stable than the unofficial ones, but the later ones are sometimes as good as the official releases.
Anyway, here at Android.gs we are always testing all the ROMs and updates, therefore here is where you will find the best and most stable firmwares for your Amazon Kindle.
The Amazon Kindle Fire was a game changer on the 7-inch tablet market. Announced in September 2011 and released two months later, in November, the Kindle Fire brought the best price – performance ratio, helping the 7-inch terminal become the most popular Android-powered tablet in the first quarter after the launch.
Amazon Kindle Fire packs a 7-inch IPS TFT display with a resolution of 1,024 x 600 and a pixel density of 170 ppi. Kindle Fire is powered by a TI OMAP 4430 SoC with dual-core 1 GHz Cortex A9 GPU and PowerVR SGX540 GPU, plus 512 MB of RAM. For the sake of keeping the price as low as possible (Kindle Fire was launched at a price of $199), Amazon has ditched the camera, therefore you won’t be able to take pictures or make video calls.
In terms of connectivity Amazon Kindle Fire comes with WiF 802.11 b/g/n, microUSB port, and 3.5 mm audio jack. Kindle Fire is 190 mm tall, 120 mm wide and 11.4 mm thick, while weighing in 413 grams.
When the next-gen Amazon tablet was unveiled, in September 2012, the first-gen Kindle Fire also received a hardware upgrade and a price cut off to $159. Besides a new processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, the Kindle Fire also received an upgrade in RAM, now sporting 1 GB instead of 512 MB.
If you are on the verge of updating your Kindle fire to one of the ROMs, please be aware that installing an unofficial or custom ROM might void the warranty of your tablet. Also carefully follow all the steps in the tutorial, in order to be able to successfully install the update on your Kindle Fire.By Alex Dumitru