Hashcode’s Jelly Bean update for the Kindle Fire: Now with Netflix

Want to run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on an Amazon Kindle Fire? You can. It’s an unofficial software update that’s not supported by Amazon — but once you’ve applied the update you can install the Amazon Kindle, MP3, and Appstore apps and use them alongside Google apps such as the Play Store, Gmail, and Google Maps.

Independent developer (and extraordinary Kindle Fire hacker) Hashcode released the first version of Android 4.1 for the Kindle Fire just two days ago. At the time it was difficult to get WiFi working and there was no support for hardware video accleration — which meant no Netflix video playback.

Now there’s a new build of Android 4.1 which fixes both of those problems — and adds even more improvments.

You can download the 07-13 update from Haschode’s thread at the xda-developers forum. That’s also probably where you’ll find future updates.

Here are some of the improvements in the latest build:

  • Hardware-accelerated video playback (including Netflix support) works.
  • WiFi should work without any user intervention.
  • The default top CPU speed is set to 1.2 GHz.
  • Terminal emulator and File manager apps have been added.
  • Screen rotation now looks better.

Hashcode has also reduced the headphone volume and added the Google Nexus 7 boot animation.

Right now Google is charging the same $199 for the Nexus 7 that Amazon charges for the Kindle Fire — and Google’s tablet is a much better deal, with a front camera, a built-in mic, a higher resolution display, and a faster processor.

But if you already have a Kindle Fire, it can now do many of the same things as a Nexus 7. The update brings faster overall performance, an improved status notification area, automatic resizing of home screen widgets when there’s not enough room on the screen, and more.

To install Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on the Kindle Fire, you’ll want to follow our instructions for using the Kindle Fire Utility to install TWRP custom recovery and then using TWRP to load Jelly Bean and the latest gApps package.

You can also find more details instructions in our article on installing Android 4.0.

If your Kindle Fire already has a custom recovery and you know how to use it, just go ahead and download the latest files from Hashcode’s post and get started. You can install this update over previous versions of Android 4.1, but you’ll want to wipe your Dalvik cache before rebooting.

  • http://twitter.com/JASONlowcs Jason Low

    Thought the Google nexus 7 doesn’t come with a rear camera?

    • http://www.liliputing.com/ Brad Linder

      You thought correctly. I was just … ummm… testing you to see if you’d notice.

  • glove4

    I have everything running on my Fire but where is the Play Store? It is definitely nowhere to be found…

    • JohnE

      did you figure this out?

  • jake89

    I flashed it last night. HD and wifi worked till today. Now I can see available networks but I can’t establish a connection

  • Brett81

    Worked great for me! The only problem I’m having is that some apps don’t work. For example, when I try and open the facebook app it says “Unfortunately Facebook has stopped.” I also can’t install the Kindle app. It downloads, but when it goes to install it gives me the error “Unknown error code during application install: “-24″

    Anyone else have these problems?

    • Arusia

      Go back to recovery and do a factory reset, that took care of it for me.

  • K G

    Does this ROM support microphones? I’m currently running 4.0 and I am loving it but I miss being able to plug in my headphone/mic for voip.

  • Sean

    I can get to Haschode’s thread at the xda-developers forum with no issue, but when I click on
    Download ROM here it brings me to a GoDaddy generic parked page with no mention of the ROM. Anyone know another way I can get it?

    • Some_Oliver

      Same here…? I now have a Kindle Fire wiped and with flash but no Rom and no JellyBean. I’m kind of pissed because this was the only reason I rooted etc.

      • Some_Oliver

        With TWRP***

    • Larry

      Same here, can’t find the ROM to download and am also getting the GoDaddy page. Any help would be appreciated.

  • The Perd

    Hi KG
    I also can’t get any mic to work on my kindle fire rooted to jandy cane 4.1.2. Have you gotten any response to your post yet?