Amazon now offers refurbished Kindle Fire tablets for $179

Amazon Kindle Fire

Thinking about picking up an Amazon Kindle Fire, but find the $199 price tag too high? Amazon is now offering refurbished models for $179. Yeah, that’s only $20 off the list price — but Amazon offers the same 1-year warranty on refurbished Kindles as it does on new models. So there’s actually not much risk […]

Android 4.0 update for the Kindle Fire – now with USB mounting

Kindle Fire Android 4.0

One of the bugs that’s been plaguing Amazon Kindle Fire users who have installed early builds of Android 4.0 on the $199 tablet appears to be fixed. Developer JackpotClavin has released a new build of CyanogenMod 9 Alpha for the tablet which adds support for USB mounting. In other words, you can now connect the […]

New Kindle Fire Android 4.0 ROM adds custom lock screen, bug fixes

Kindle Fire with Android 4.0

A group of developers are continuing to work on improved versions of Google Android 4.0 for the Amazon Kindle Fire. Amazon’s $199 tablet ships with a customized version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but by rooting the tablet and installing custom software it’s possible to turn it into an (almost) full-fledged Android tablet running CyanogenMod 9, a […]

Amazon: Kindle sales are up, but profits are falling (for now)

Amazon Kindle Fire

Amazon is re-iterating that the company sold “millions” of Kindle devices including the Kindle Fire tablet during the holiday season. The company reported its quarterly earnings this afternoon — and as usual, Amazon isn’t spelling out just how many Kindle Fire, Kindle Touch, or other Kindle devices were sold. But Amazon says Kindle device sales […]

Apple sold more than 15 million iPads last quarter

Apple iPad 2

Over and over I hear from tablet makers that there’s not really a tablet market yet… there’s an iPad market. While it seems like every day a new Android tablet is announced, nobody is selling as many tablet as Apple yet — and Apple’s numbers just keep growing. The company released its quarterly earnings report […]

Android 4.0 for the Kindle Fire: Now with working audio

Amazon Kindle Fire with Android 4.0

Developer JackpotClavin has released a new build of CyanogenMod 9 for the Amazon Kindle Fire. The latest version of Android 4.0 for the tablet includes one major update: audio now works properly. Update 1/31/2012: There’s an even newer build that includes several new bug fixes and additional features.  When the first build was released in late […]

Amazon release Kindle Fire 6.2.2 software

Kindle Fire

Amazon has released a minor software update for the Amazon Kindle Fire $199 tablet. The only noticeable difference is that there’s now a button that lets you enable full screen browsing in the Silk web browser. It also includes email improvements. Like earlier updates, Kindle Fire software version 6.2.2 will also remove root access. Fortunately […]

Repartition your Kindle Fire storage space with FireParted


The Amazon kindle Fire may have 8GB of storage space, but the $199 tablet is partitioned so that some of that space is used by the operating system, about 1GB of available for installing applications, and only about 5 or 6GB are available for file such as music or movies. But if you think you […]

New tools for unbricking a Kindle Fire

Kindle Unbrick Utility

Once you’ve rooted an Amazon Kindle Fire and installed the FireFireFire bootloader and TWRP custom recovery, installing custom software such as CyanogenMod 7 or Android 4.0 is incredibly easy. Unfortunately installing TWRP and FireFireFire can be a little bit of a headache — especially if you’re using a Windows computer. If I had a nickle […]

Amazon has sold “millions” of Kindle Fires

amazon kindle fire

Amazon has a way of tooting its own horn without giving out specifics. Today the company announced that the Kindle Fire and Kindle eReader family has been awfully successful this holiday season, but we still don’t have exact sales figures for any of those devices. That said, here’s what we do know for now: Amazon […]

How to install Android 4.0 on the Kindle Fire

Amazon Kindle Fire with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

An early build of Google Android 4.0 is now available for the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet. If you didn’t get the picture from our recent video, it’s still very much a work in progress. While developers have solved a bug affecting the “sdcard” portion of the device, there are still audio, video, and application bugs […]