Archive for January 2012
The Amazon Kindle Fire, launched at the end of September 2011, has just received a software update with version number 6.2.2 which seems to add the full-screen browsing capability to the fast Silk Browser — which has been already ported to other Android devices.
There’s also some bad news on the same note: the update breaks root. If you are using BurritoRoot to set your Kindle Fire free, you might want to reconsider updating to 6.2.2 as the refresh renders the rooting procedure useless for the moment.
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Latest Goto: Update 6.2.2
Post Amazon update 6.2.1
On the historic date of December 20th, 2011, Amazon pushed out software version 6.2.1 to its Kindle Fire. The update was fairly minor — its main additions had to do with improved scrolling and WiFi passwords — but it brought about one devastating change: it broke all previous methods of root.
How To Root
- Kindle Fire Utility can now root Kindle OS 6.2.1
- Kindle Fire Utility v0.9.2 (1/9/11)
- How To Easily Root The Amazon Kindle (AP)
How to prevent automatic updates
Pre Amazon update 6.2.1
Quick and Dirty
Notes on how I did it. In case I ever need to do it again ;-)
So I bought my Kindle Fire and its great :-) but the Amazon Appstore doesn’t work in the UK :-|
So I need to install the Android Market on it, and to do that I need to Root my Kindle fire :-)
Note: I’m mainly a Linux guy but all of the online guides and some of the programs needed are Windows, so I took the quick and dirty route and went with the flow (I used my Win7 laptop).
On my Win7 Laptop I have:
Directory of F:\Users\sil\Downloads\gapps
24/11/2011 23:48 <DIR> .
24/11/2011 23:48 <DIR> ..
16/11/2011 21:43 3,369,731 com.amarket.apk
16/11/2011 01:05 3,730,612 com.gau.go.launcherex-1.apk
16/11/2011 17:08 2,194,950 com.google.android.apps.books-1.apk
16/11/2011 17:37 2,102,420 com.google.android.apps.googlevoice-1.apk
16/11/2011 17:23 6,222,739 com.google.android.apps.maps-1.apk
16/11/2011 17:23 8,054,357 com.google.android.apps.plus-1.apk
16/11/2011 17:23 1,713,515 com.google.android.apps.reader-1.apk
16/11/2011 22:01 2,198,827 com.google.android.gm-2.apk
16/11/2011 17:20 2,238,785 com.google.android.gsf-2.apk
16/11/2011 17:55 296,419 com.google.android.street-1.apk
16/11/2011 17:55 1,641,145 com.google.android.talk-1.apk
16/11/2011 22:13 2,234,891 com.google.android.youtube-2.apk
16/11/2011 01:35 6,364,805 com.netflix.mediaclient-1.apk
16/11/2011 22:01 1,627,326 com.pandora.android-2.apk
24/11/2011 23:48 2,129,720 ES File Explorer_126.96.36.199.apk
21/07/2011 02:54 2,238,785 GoogleServicesFramework.apk
24/11/2011 22:52 50,870 MarketOpener.apk
16/11/2011 01:21 3,479,375 mobi.mgeek.TunnyBrowser-1.apk
24/11/2011 22:50 3,369,731 Vending.apk
19 File(s) 55,259,003 bytes
2 Dir(s) 18,166,456,320 bytes free
Directory of F:\Users\sil\Downloads\SuperOneClickv2.2-ShortFuse
24/11/2011 21:42 <DIR> .
24/11/2011 21:42 <DIR> ..
24/11/2011 21:42 <DIR> ADB
24/11/2011 21:42 17,920 AdbInterface.dll
24/11/2011 21:42 <DIR> Dependencies
24/11/2011 21:42 12,800 DriverInstaller.dll
24/11/2011 21:42 <DIR> Drivers
24/11/2011 21:42 <DIR> Exploits
24/11/2011 21:42 <DIR> Root
24/11/2011 21:42 390,656 SuperOneClick.exe
24/11/2011 21:42 23,552 UpdateCheck.dll
4 File(s) 444,928 bytes
7 Dir(s) 18,166,456,320 bytes free
installer_r15-windows.exe (Android SDK installer).
Copy gapps and ES File Explorer to your Kindle Fire
Connect a lead from the Kindle Fire to your PC and copy these packages across.
Updates to the guides:
The catch 22 is that you need an application installed on the Kindle Fire so that you can install applications and run them :-)
- I couldn’t obtain the “Root Explorer App” from the Amazon Appstore so I used “ES File Explorer” instead.
- I installed it on my android phone and then backed it up, using its own backup app feature, then copied it across from the phone to my PC.
- On the laptop at the command line, I used a command in ADB to install “ES File Explorer_188.8.131.52.apk ” on to the Kindle Fire.
- adb install <path_to_apk>
- Then I used a beta feature of ES File Explorer to mount the root partition (Which you need at one point to install Google Market to the right location).
- Where the guide refers to Vending.apk IIRC it should read com.amarket.apk