Android 4.0 sneaks onto the Kindle Fire


— 4:01 PM on December 7, 2011

The Kindle Fire already comes with Android out of the box, but it's not the Android we know—it's a version of the operating system heavily customized by Amazon. Now, a Taiwanese app developer by the name of Steven Lin says he's managed to get the standard version of Android 4.0, otherwise known as Ice Cream Sandwich, running on the device. A video of his work went up on YouTube earlier today:

Lin says the port took two weeks of work, and other developers should soon be able to join in. He writes, "I’ll initiate an open source project for kernel and android source after cleaning my codes." In a separate post on the xda-developers forums, Lin adds that the touch panel and graphics acceleration are functional, but the tablet's audio, Wi-Fi, accelerometer, and light sensor are not.

Getting the full-featured version of Android 4.0 running on a $199 tablet is certainly neat—after extra work and polish, this could become a viable option for geeks and tinkerers. However, I can't help but notice that, in the video, touch input doesn't look very responsive. Scott complained about the Kindle Fire's poor performance on the latest TR podcast, so perhaps Android 4.0 is butting up against some hardware limitations there.

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