The celebration continues at Amazon. In addition to the Kindle Fire outselling the competition, Amazon can now lay claim for its Kindle family having record-breaking sales. While not giving a specific number, the company claims “customers purchased millions of Kindle Fires and millions of Kindle e-readers”. It isn’t as if it’s a complicated formula for Amazon either. That attractive $199 price point and assortment of features makes it much more accessible for consumers wanting to enjoy a tablet experience. All of this adds up to the Kindle Fire being the best-selling product on Amazon.com’s mobile website and across all of Amazon.com’s mobile applications.
Also of note are the successes of Kindle book downloads & sales from authors as well as the sales of products from 3rd party businesses. Amazon highlights “In 2011, Kindle Direct Publishing and CreateSpace author CJ Lyons reached #2 on the Amazon best seller list, #2 on the New York Times best seller list, and #4 on the USA Today best seller list”. The company also points out “the number of sellers who exceeded $5,000 in sales during the holiday season increased 44 percent year-over-year. For the year, businesses on Amazon sold hundreds of millions of units worth billions of dollars worldwide”. The champagne certainly must be flowing at the Amazon corporate offices even though we’re still a few days from the new year. Hit the break to see the full presser from Amazon.
Earlier this month we showed you an early Ice Cream Sandwich build for the Kindle Fire from g1011999, and now comes another from JackpotClavins and Hashcodes. This one is much the same in that it’s a very early build and definitely not ready for prime time. It’s based on CyanogenMod 9 and it’s very buggy. Since they need help with further development, they’re actually recommending only developers download and install it.
If you’re a developer or you’re brave, then head over to the source link to give it a try and join in on the discussion.
Shortly after the Amazon Kindle Fire was released, the Android dev community quickly jumped on it and root was quickly achieved that gave us the Android Market and even CyanogenMod 7.
Amazon promised a much needed update (6.2.1) that we reported about last week. It’s now live, which brings performance enhancements along with the ability to remove recently viewed items from the carousel on the home screen. This is great news for all the non hackers out there, but for those that are rooted, you need to know that this update removes root priviledges, and unfortunately you can’t just re-root it using the SuperOneClick utility.
We’re sure root will be back, but unfortunately we can’t tell you when. If you haven’t taken the update yet, and you want to still root and possibly flash CyanogenMod 7, then please checkout our earlier posts and guides below.
Rooting the Kindle Fire
Installing the Android Market on the Kindle Fire
Flashing CyanogenMod on the Kindle Fire
A lot of folk have had negative things to say about the Kindle Fire and it appears that Amazon is listening. As Amazon has had to reorder stock for the device it appears that it is selling quite well, but given the feedback, people have had less than great things to say about the tablet/e-reader.
While some issues are hardware related, such as power button placement and a lack of volume rocker buttons, an abundant amount of complaints were software and performance related. Given our review on it, it appears that performance might be a big issue down the road, so having performance issues right out the gate would hurt the Kindle Fire in the long run.
Great news for folks in the UK as well. This update should be implemented into the tablet already when it’s released abroad in early 2012. Those with the U.S. version won’t have to wait so long as a company spokesperson told the New York Times, “In less than two weeks, we’re rolling out an over-the-air update to Kindle Fire.”
With that being said it appears that Amazon is taking your feedback and given that it’s said that there are 3-5 million units sold, that feedback is quite important. What about you guys, are you having performance issues?
So you’ve purchased a brand new Amazon Kindle Fire, but feel Gingerbread 2.3 isn’t sweet enough for you? Well great because you’re in luck! G1011999 has successfully ported that sweet, sweet new treat to the tablet. Oh and what’s more is he wants to tease you by sharing a video of the Kindle Fire not only booting up but the UI appearing to be fully functional. As with any beta and early build of a ROM being ported, the port has its fair share of bugs, but it shouldn’t take too long for ROM to be smoothed out and released for all Kindle Fire owners. Looks like we have an additional reason past the attractive $199 pricing point to go out and splurge on this device. Be sure to check out the video below to see the ICS port in action!
[via AndroidSpin by Phandroid]
The other day we told you about the CyanogenMod team bringing CM7 to the Kindle Fire. Well as of today you can too. However, this is a lengthy process (43 steps and use of ADB) and I suggest taking extreme caution by reading through the entire guide before you take on this task. According to the post, this is still an alpha build and some stuff doesn’t work. We reported before that the wifi wasn’t working, but both that and the touchscreen are working just fine. The sound and hardware acceleration aren’t working however. According to the post:
“- First, this method will require some knowledge of ADB.
– This version is very much an alpha build, and as such there are features that are not yet working, though most of the important stuff is.
– Wifi and touchscreen controls are reported to work just fine, however sound and hardware acceleration are not.
– This has been tested with firmware versions 6.0 and 6.1, but not on 6.2.
– In addition, there is no way (currently) to return to the stock software.
– There are likely other issues as well, but if you’re willing to test it then proceed.”
So, those of you that are interested in trying this out, I still, advise extreme caution in flashing this, and like with rooting and flashing on other devices, it does void your warranty. If you haven’t rooted your Kindle Fire yet and want to, you can go here. There is no way to get back to the Stock software as of yet, so again, extreme caution advised, have I stressed this enough yet?
If this doesn’t deter you from trying this out, hit the break below to download the files and for the install process. Those of you that successfully flash this, we would love to hear from you. How well does it work? Read more
The Amazon Kindle Fire was released with high expectations. How could it not be one of the hottest items this Holiday season priced at $199.99? The real question is how well it will do against the iPad, everyone’s measuring stick. Unfortunately these two devices are completely different, but the Kindle Fire has the ability to get into more hands of mainstream Americans since it costs $300 less.
The results are starting to show as Best Buy is showing the Kindle Fire as the best selling tablet. Is this a shocker to anyone? It all comes down to price and with a name like Amazon the Kindle Fire will have continued success. Eventually Android will take over iOS for tablet market share, and the Kindle Fire will be one of the biggest contributing factors even though it’s not marketed as an Android device.
If you are at all familiar with the rooting of Android devices and custom ROM’s, then I am sure you have heard of CyanogenMod and its CM line of custom ROM’s. CM7 has got to be one of the most popular Android custom ROM’s and can be found for both phones and tablets. The latest addition to devices seen running CM7 is the Amazon Kindle Fire. Although still in its early stages, XDA member, JackpotClavin, has posted a few images of his Fire running the CM7 ROM but it definitely needs more work before I can recommend that you try it out.
At the moment, a few things aren’t working properly like the touchscreen (rather important, no?) and the fact that you loose Amazon integration, preventing access to the Appstore and the like. On the up side though, Wi-Fi is working and if you don’t like the Amazon UI than this enhanced version of Android Gingerbread might just be up your alley. For more details about CM7 on the Kindle Fire, hit the source link below. Looks a bit rough to me so I recommend sitting on the sidelines until they get all the issues figured out, but I reckon that shouldn’t be too long from now anyway.
Ever since Amazon announced that they would be entering the tablet market it was rumored that they would be bringing different tablet sizes to the table. This rumor became more reputable when Amazon announced the 8.9-inch version of their Kindle Fire. Well it appears that a 10.1 inch version may also be in the works. According to Digitimes:
“Amazon is developing 8.9- and 10.1-inch next-generation Kindle Fire models and has selected an 8.9-inch model for launch by the end of the second quarter of 2012 due to LG Display’s and Samsung Electronics’ promotion of 8.9-inch panels and to avoid competition with 9.7-10.1-inch products offered by other vendors, the sources said. Foxconn will begin ODM production of 8.9-inch Kindle Fire in the middle of the second quarter of 2012, the sources indicated.”
Digitimes is known for receiving information from component producers in regards to the kinds of parts that each OEM orders. For the most part they deal with information regarding displays. So it is safe to say that they are a good indication of what’s coming down the line.
It appears that Amazon is working on bringing their next-generation Kindle Fire to arrive second quarter next year, in the 8.9-inch variety. Given that the Kindle Fire is an e-reader/tablet crossover and promotions offered by LG display and Samsung Electronics, not jumping straight to the 10.1-inch tablet makes sense. However, there’s no word as to when an Amazon 10.1-inch tablet will debut. This information only leads to more questions as to what Amazon is up to, and given that Amazon may also be entering the smartphone market at some point, the questions continue to pile up.
Everyone loves a good drop test right? We may cherish and protect our beloved devices, but once in a while we do drop them, some people more than others. So if you are more prone to dropping things, you might want to watch this video.
The folks over at Gizmo Slip did some drop tests on both the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet and the Amazon Kindle Fire. They drop them from various heights onto carpet and concrete. The results are similar, but the difference between these two devices really showed with the face-down drop onto concrete. There is a clear winner and a clear loser on this one. Check it out.