Android 4.1 Jelly Bean hasn’t even been released officially yet, but we can tell you that the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system has already been ported to another device, the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet.
Jelly Bean is set to make its official appearance on the Nexus 7 tablet at the end of this month, but those of you in possession of a Kindle Fire may be tempted with this impressive looking port of Android 4.1. The Kindle Fire ships with a customized version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but if you have already tampered with custom software on your Kindle Fire, you’ll know that there are even more possibilities waiting for you aside from what Amazon give you out of the box.
Aside from giving the Kindle Fire access to the spanking new interface that Jelly Bean brings, it more importantly gives users access to the Google Play store, as the Kindle Fire by default only allows users to connect to the Amazon App Store for their software needs.
The build is far from perfect, but for a first go it is very impressive indeed. We’re hearing that the likes of hardware video acceleration is not supported at the moment meaning that HD videos are a no go, but the good news is that this should be fixed up in a later build along with other missing features.
To give this a go, you’ll find detailed instructions over at Liliputing – you’ll also need to download the latest version of the Kindle Fire Utility app, which you can get from the XDA Developers Forums here. Check out a video below to see how Jelly Bean looks on the device.
We’re impressed at how smooth Android 4.1 runs on the Fire, let us know what you think.