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Amazon released it first ever tablet, the Kindle Fire just yesterday, and we already have roots and hacks today for doing stuffs that were not meant to be done on the tablet. To begin with, the Kindle Fire tablet can be rooted. And I must say, the method of rooting it has impressed me. It is as simple as jailbreaking an iDevice using an app. With this new root method, even casual users who have no idea what rooting is can easily root the tablet. Then, they will be welcomed into a whole new world of possibilities.
Also, with rooting, comes the gift of custom ROMs, There is no idea how developers and hackers will take this. Amazon has already released the source code for the Kindle Fire so that developers can develop apps more easily and efficiently. But having root access to the tablet will allow users to install ROMs of their choice and even apps that are actually not meant to be installed on the tablet.
Anyway, all you have to do if you want to root is download SuperOneClick 2.2 and with just one click, your tablet will be rooted. After this, you can do whatever you want with your new tablet. But be safe, and dont take risk if you dont know what you are doing.
Next, coming to sideloading apps, it also easy. All you have to do is edit the content of a file on the tablet and you can sideload any Android app you want. Android Guys says “you just need to add the USB Vendor ID for the device into the file ~/.android/adb_usb.ini and then adb can find it.” That sounds pretty simple.
The procedure to do this, as given on the blog, is as follows:
On the Kindle Fire Settings screen, go to “Device” and turn On “Allow Installation of Application From Unknown Sources”
Plug your Kindle Fire into your Mac.
Open ~/.android/adb_usb.ini with your favorite text editor
Add the value “0×1949″ to the end of the file and save it.
You’ll need to restart the adb server process to get it to re-read that file. Do that with “adb kill-server”.
The above procedure is for Mac users, but I guess Windows users will have to follow almost the same procedure. But again, do this at your own risk, and dont do this at all if you dont know what this is.
Now, doing this will again open up a range of possibilities. You can download the .apk of any app or game you want and directly install it, its that easy. And yeah, when you want to install an .apk file after you finish with the above procedure, you have to type the following command:
“adb install myfavoriteapp.apk”
The fact that the Amazon Kindle Fire does not feature the Android Market is bad, though it has its own app marketplace which even though not as populated as the Android Market, provides good amount of apps. With this procedure, you can just install any app you want.