Update: The tools are now publicly available, which means anyone can install CyanogenMod 7 on the Amazon Kindle Fire, turning it into a full-fledged Android tablet for $199.
The Amazon Kindle Fire ships with a modified version of Google Android, but hackers have already figured out how to root the tablet, install officially unsupported apps, and even access the bootloader. Now xda-developers forum member JackpotClavin has taken the first step toward replacing Amazon’s software with a custom version of Android.
He’s posted a few photos showing the Amazon Kindle Fire running CyanogenMod 7. That’s a popular custom version of Android based on Google’s Android Open Source Project and maintained by a community of independent developers.
Not everything is working properly yet.
JackpotClavin says touch input isn’t working properly – the tablet basically seems to think the screen is facing a different direction than it is.
Update: The touchscreen is working, but there are still issues with WiFi, display brightness, and other functions.
Instructions for flashing CyanogenMod should be available soon for anyone that wants to tinker. But if you’re looking for a stable operating system to run on the Kindle Fire, this isn’t it… yet.
Still, it’s promising to see how much progress has been made since the Kindle Fire started shipping just a few weeks ago.