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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean For Kindle Fire

September 16th, 2012 | Posted by PsMan in Roms - (0 Comments)
Kindle Fire JellyBean screenshot

Amazons Kindle Fire have received Google’s latest Android version 4.1 code name Jelly Bean, not officially of course; but courtesy of our fellow developers at XDA developers.

There are several build of Jelly bean for the Kindle fire, most of which are built around CM10, and HashCodes Kernel forthe kindle fire. Today for this demnstration, I selected the barebone CM10 (no mods, no OC) built by Hashcode on XDA developers .

Kindle Fire JellyBean screenshot

 

First Go to the link above and download the ROM image. Also download the GAPPS (Google apps). copy everything to the root of your kindle’s USB storage.

If you already have a recovery software installed ( TWRP for example) then you’re all set, if not, please use the latest Kindle fire utility to install a recovery image.

Reboot into recovery (keep repeatedly pressing the power button as soon as the kindle fire boots), and create a backup (better safe then sorry)

If you’re coming from a stock Amazon image, then please do a full wipe, erase everything including data and cache. doing so will erase all installed application (usb storage shouldn’t be affected) . If you come from any other ICS ROM however, you may want to try to flash without wiping data if you cared to keep your installed apps and settings. It should work most of the time.

 

Now flash the ROM, and follow it by flashing GAPPS, do a cache and Dalvik cache clear afterwards.

Now reboot into your new CM10 JellyBean Kindle Fire

Android 4.1.1 For Kindle Fire

 

Kindle Fire google play market connection

I was installing some apps on a friend’s Kindle Fire when I noticed that the Wifi icon remained gray (usually indicating no internet). But when I tried to open a website it worked ok. Other than that  Google Play market was inaccessible, it was showing  a “No connection” message as if there was no internet connection.

To work around this, I opened the google play market in the browser, and that’s when I discovered the root cause of this problem. There was an error saying that the Google certificate is invalid, which can’t be right, so that only left one viable explanation to this issue, and it is the Date/Time of the kindle Fire it self. Appearantly, my friend didn’t bother to correct the date after he installed his ICS rom.

So the solution here is simple. Go to settings then date/time and adjust the date. try again to open the Google Play market, it should connect with no problems.

Ice Cream Sandwich ICS for Kindle Fire

April 6th, 2012 | Posted by PsMan in Roms - (0 Comments)
Kindle Fire books on ICS

As most of you may know; The Kindle Fire comes with a highly customized Gingerbread Android (Android 2.3), a version that soon will be history with the official releasure of Google’s Android 2.4, code name: Ice Cream Sandwich. Despite the fact that Amazon’s Kindle Fire has just been released during the last quarter of 2011, there is not yet any official statement that Amazon is planning to officially upgrade their tablet to the latest version.

Thank Google, Android is open source, meaning that anyone can get the source directly from Google, and compile it to run on any android compliant device. A process that is far from being easy, but it still can be achieved with the right ammount of passion and dedication.

Kindle Fire has received a fair share ICS roms, from all these I have selected the ReloadedROM v1.1 Developered by BitBlaze a developer from the XDA developers community.

The reloaded rom is based on CM9, (CyanogenMod9) a highly optimized mod of google’s ICS source. Customized to match Kindle Fire’s capabilities, and to provide the best experience with Google apps.

Kindle Fire ICS

The installation is fairly easy. Just follow the original guide here, and you’ll be up and running in about 15 minutes.

The experience is also great, quick startup, fluid UI, The Play Store also is fully open, even apps that are hidden due to the missing compatibility as are viewable.

Play Market ICS Kindle fireYou can even install the free kindle app from the Play store to restore the stock Amazon ebook reader functionality.

Kindle Fire books on ICSOn the downside, and while you’re still able to enjoy games and Videos, Graphics Hardware acceleration is not yet available for Kindle Fire on ICS. Meaning that you can’t watch HD videos (smoothly) or play high end 3d games (Lighter games like AngryBirds still work great). Developers are working on a new kernel to enable hardware acceleration, and once they’re done, Reloaded Rom and many other ICS adaptations will get full HA as it is on the stock Amazon rom.

 

 

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The Kindle Fire driver is not needed if you only intend to use it as a storage device to get files in and out of it. The driver is however needed for ADB to recognize the “kindle” device is the device panel. ADB is needed to root, or unbrick kindle fire.

This driver was made by modifying the default google android driver by adding the kindle fire device ID to it. Or you can simply get it off the driver folder in the kindle fire utility.

Open your device manager, find the mis-installed “Kindle Driver”, right click it and select install driver, skip auto search, and local search, and specify the driver manually from the driver folder in the package you downloaded.

 

That should do it, this driver is also valid if your Kindle fire is in recovery mode (black screen) .

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change kindle Fire wallpaper

February 3rd, 2012 | Posted by PsMan in Kindle Fire Tweaks - (7 Comments)
Change Kindle Fire wallpaper

Officially, you can’t change the wallpaper of the kindle fire, because it doesn’t have one. But thanks to rooting, we now know that the splash screen of the kindle fire fire actually the android wallpaper. And you will see it if you install your favorite launcher.

Go Launcher EX can change the wallpaper on your kindle fire. just open the options menu, select wallpaper, and change it to whatever you want, Live wallpapers, Go launcher wallpapers, or just any image. But the thing is, kindle fire will restore the stupid default wallpaper when your device goes to sleep.

Change Kindle Fire wallpaper

I stumbled upon a great tip on XDA developers forum by “JoshuaLintag” on how to prevent Kindle fire from changing its wallpaper. To do it:

How to change Kindle Fire wallpaper:

  • use your favorite file explorer, ES file explorer for example and navigate to data/data/com.android.settings/files
  • you’ll find a wallpaper file, long press it to show the menu, select properties
  • change permissions. Remove all write permissions to the file from “user” and “group”
  • That’s it, Kindle Fire wallpaper is now yours to change.

 

 

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Sometimes for some exceptionally unlucky individuals like yours truly, a bricked kindle fire may stop being accepted as valid USB device making windows show the “USB device not recognized” message, a message one may associate with bad USB flash drives. Unless you manage to get your kindle fire recognized again, there will be no ADB, no Kindle fire utility, and no unbricking tools for you.

In my case, and this worked a couple of times. Turning your kindle fire off while it is connected to USB by holding the power button for up to 20 seconds, then turning  it back on while it is still connected solved the problem.

When the kindle fire starts, in will be recognized as a “Kindle” device without a valid driver, that’s your opening, don’t miss it. Know that if you disconnect & connect you will be back to the usb device not recognized message.

Once you have the kindle device, right click it and install a driver manually for it. if you don’t have the driver, you can find it with any kindle fire utility.

Note that this may not work on a first try, you may want to try it on a different computer, if you can’t get  the kindle fire to recognize. a 32bit windows XP maybe is your best bet.

 

Wish this was helpful, I know how frustrating a bricked kindle fire can be. Good luck!

 

PSX gamex on Kindle Fire

for those who doesn’t know the first Playstation, PSX, or PsOne, the first Sony gaming console, a console that paved the way for all of todays gaming systems. The machine that was blessed with some of the games that I still call “the best games ever”, (Final Fantasy VII, VIII, IX, Metal gear solid 1, Resident evil 3, Dino Crysis, Silent Hill) . All of these are now back to meet you on your Kindle Fire, for many hours of Neo Retro fun.

PSX gamex on Kindle Fire

 

Kindle Fire, being an Android based device with enough horsepower, will bring you a relatively nice & smooth experience  with most of the Playstation games.

There are two playstation emulators that I know of for android. FPSe & PSx4android. The latter is a free emulator, but unfortunately it didn’t work on my Kindle Fire, at least not the current version on 6.2.2 or 6.2.1 .

FPSe for android on the other hand works just fine on kindle Fire, all you need to do is get yourself a copy of it (Android market 4.24 USD), it will need another file called a BIOS, it will instruct you on how to get it when you install it .

Once you’re all set, undust your old PSX cds, convert them to ISOs, copy them to your kindle Fire and fire them up with FPSe for android.

playstation on Kindle Fire picture

Unfortunately Kindle Fire doesn’t have Bluetooth (or does it?), if it did (would), we’ll be able to use Bluetooth game controllers  to control the games, but so far we’ll have to stick with the overlay controls.

what’s the best PSX game you got running on the Kindle Fire? for me it was Parasite Eve 2

 

 

Kindle Fire app store getjar

Getjar, probably one of the oldest websites to offer mobile apps have got their own app store for android. Thousands of free (and paid) apps to pick from, and best of all, it is fully compatible with your Kindle Fire, and rooting is not even required.

The getjar app store has a great feature called GetJar Gold Apps, which will allow you to download a selection of paid apps for free during a certain period. somthing that unrooted kindle fire owners will enjoy the most.

Kindle Fire app store getjar

To install GetJar on your kindle fire, just enable “Allow installation of applications  from unknown sources” under the device tab in your kindle fire settings. Thento m.getjar.com on your kindle fire browser and enter the code 16914.

The apk will be downloaded, install it, then open the app to enjoy your new source of apps for your kindle fire

Manga for the Kindle Fire

January 23rd, 2012 | Posted by PsMan in Kindle fire activities - (2 Comments)
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Reading manga on the kindle fire is great, the screen size is just enough for you to read without zooming, the quality of the screen is more than enough for a good experience, and it is fast enough to provide smooth zooming, sliding between the pages.

So today we’ll talk about how to get manga for the kindle fire.

Getting Manga for the kindle fire.

well, if you’re a fan of Manga or comics, you must already have a nice stash of it on your computer, also you would also like to have easy access to the new chapters.

So basically well do this:

1. Get you a nice app to read, download, search for Manga.

2. Figure out a way to read your manga from your computer without copying  it to the kindle fire modest 8GBs

3. Find an efficient way to copy the chapters you need to your kindle for easy reading on the go.

 

So first things first: a Manga app:

Getting a reader for manga for the kindle fire is easy. Just search the Android market for the word manga. Pocket manga is a great place to start. it has lots of sources, the ability to read online and save for offline reading later. The downside is that it doesn’t read your own manga, you can only read the stuff you downloaded using pocketmanga. but that’s good enough for our purpose for it.

  Manga in kindle fire picture

Now to the second part: streaming your computer’s manga for the Kindle Fire, needless to say, you must be in the same network for this to work :

First you’ll need to share the folder where you store your manga. Right click, select properties then go to “Sharing” , then click share, Grant the “Everyone” reading rights .

Now go to the kindle fire and start your ES file explorer, click LAN, your computer should show up there, click it and find the manga share you created. you can read using the ES file explorer’s image viewer, it will provide you with a similar experience to any other manga reader.

 Manga for the kindle fire image

Last but not least, you can copy the chapters you want from the share you created to your /sdcard folder. This way you’ll be able to finish reading while you’re out.

Android Market on Kindle Fire

Kindle Fire comes only with the tiny Amazon marketplace, Installing the full android market  on the kindle fire was probably not an option for amazon as they needed the monopoly on the apps sales in order to be able to offer the Kindle Fire at the light price of 199.

Luckily, installing the Google Market place on the kindle fire is now an easy task. All you need to do is to root your kindle fire and copy the market apk to the system apps folder manually or using the kindle Fire utility.

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