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.
Well it appears the PC Hardware vendors may drop out of the Android tablet market altogether. According to reports, Acer, Asustek and Dell may drop out due to fierce competition by Apple, Amazon and Barnes & Noble. This is surprising news considering Asus is releasing the first Tegra 3 tablet in December and Acer has suggested their own release of tablets with Tegra 3 inside. While this is purely speculative, an upstream hardware supply chain suggests that they should be seeing orders by now from these companies if they were planning to push tablet sales in the next year. This however, is not because PC vendors lack compelling hardware.
Given, that the three main competitors offer compelling content to compliment their hardware, PC vendors were hard pressed by offering stock OS flavors to theirs. Couple this with cheaper tablet prices by both Amazon and Barnes & Noble, PC vendors didn’t have a leg to stand on price wise. According to the report:
“With Amazon offering its Kindle Fire at US$199 and Barnes & Noble to provide its upcoming Nook Simple Touch at a price of US$99, the pure hardware players are unlikely to profit from the market through price competition.”
Like it was said before, this right now is speculative. However, we have seen PC vendors start to pull their tablets that may suggest that this move could happen. Some also suggest that these companies are holding off on their orders until Windows 8 is out. Although these vendors may see the same issues in that market as well. One thing is for sure, companies and vendors are now starting to see that in order to offer a compelling product they must do more than just offer compelling hardware.
As you know from yesterday the developers over at XDA wasted no time in bringing more functionality to the newly released Kindle Fire. While Amazon did say that the Fire would be able to side load apps, a question of how it was to be done, lingered. Owners of the e-reader/tablet are now able to side load applications and thanks to the SuperOneClick app, now being able to root the device. Well XDA hasn’t stopped at just that. Today they bring users the ability to install the Android Market, bringing this and other Google applications with it. Just a heads up, those of you who have a Fire and want this added functionality will need to have the device rooted and be comfortable with the use of file explorers. If you are an owner of the Kindle Fire and want full access to both the Android Market and Google Apps follow the link below to get started courtesy of Jolleyboy over at XDA.
The Amazon Kindle Fire just might be the hottest gift this holiday season. It comes with a 7-inch (1024 x 600) IPS display, 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP processor, 512MB RAM, 8GB for storage (about 6GB usable), microUSB, 3.5mm stereo audio jack, and WiFi. You won’t find a camera, but for $199 you can’t beat it. We’re not sure what version of Android they used to develop their user interface, but it’s completely stripped. Amazon also features their own browser called Amazon Silk, which promises faster load times. For a small device, I was surprised at how heavy it is. It comes in at 413 grams, while the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus comes in at 345 grams. My first impression is that it does seem like a nice tablet and feels solid, but I’m disappointed with the lack of RAM and a microSD slot for expanded storage. I will do a more in depth review, but for now, check out my initial hands on.
With the Kindle Fire’s release, developers at XDA are wasting no time in getting the device rooted. Given the ability to enable sideloading, rooting is inevitable. Over at XDA there is a quick walk-through in setting up ADB on the Fire. Of course this can only be done after one is done installing the Android SDK. Once ADB is set up root is obtainable through the SuperOneClick application.
As of right now there are no custom roms available for the Fire but when they do come out, and they will, you will be one step closer to flashing a new rom. Given the Fire’s specs it will be interesting to see how developers can push this device to its full potential. For those of you who have a Kindle Fire and are wanting to root it, download the SuperOneClick Application here and hit the break for instructions on how to do so courtesy of developer death2all110 over at XDA.
Everyone who plans on buying an Amazon Kindle Fire tablet and loves to tinker, listen up. You may have heard Amazon recently confirming the Kindle Fire will have access to Android apps, but not from the Android Market. However, we know that some you are wondering how the heck can we get apps on the tablet not found in the Amazon App Store? You’re in luck because we have the answer by providing you full instructions on how to sideload apps on the tablet. It seems unusual and intricate, but it’s actually straightforward and simple. You can find full instructions for both Windows and Mac users after the break.
You may have noticed that Netflix has a different look with the Amazon Kindle Fire and Nook Color. Since these tablets are starting to ship, Netflix has decided to bring the new look to Amazon tablets as well. The previous beige and red scheme is no longer, and in its place is more cover art. If you’re an iPad user, you will have to wait a couple of weeks.
Full press release after the break: