Nov 16, 2011
The Kindle Fire is shipping, and many people already have it in their hands to use for their music, video, and reading content consumption. Of course, for a more dedicated set of users, they see a $200 tablet and think, “Why, this sounds like a swell piece of hardware for the price to tinker around with once it’s rooted.” Of course, who knows how long that could take, after all, there could be issues with getting root access, and who knows what else could pop up…
…oh wait, it’s been rooted already? Gee, that was quick.
Yes, according to Engadget, enterprising hackers have already figured out how to root the Kindle Fire. While this largely means that apps like Root Explorer (available from the Amazon AppStore!) will be able to explore the entire file system. The potential of what the device can now do is the real advantage of rooting. It would be possible for this to become a stock Android device soon. As well, with the source code for Ice Cream Sandwich now available, the potential for a true Android tablet experience on the device is quite possible.
Will Amazon leave this rooting hole open, though? While they might not want people getting away from their customized interface, designed to push Amazon services, an argument could be made to leave it open. This would be in the name of trying to drum up more interest in selling more tablets, but also in creating a word of mouth about the device. If hackers get to work on customizing the device, it will ultimately lead to more people talking about it. Getting people interested in the device and talking about it long after launch and the holiday period is a good thing, and will likely help out more than the revenue that would be lost if somehow Market access was enabled on he device. The Nook Color has been hacked to pieces, and the Nook experience able to be swapped for a stock Android experience. The device has done well enough for a new Nook tablet to be launched. Amazon might want to think twice before they make any possible move to close up the rooting hole.