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Kindle Fire gets alpha Ice Cream Sandwich update early

We have some good news if you are an Amazon Kindle Fire owner now, as just one month on from release we can confirm that the Android community has now managed to get a working port of Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 up and running on the tablet e-book reader.

For those of you that are not aware, the Kindle Fire was only released last month and shipped with Amazon’s customized version of Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Now though, the cunning community have even included the Kindle Fire in the ongoing unofficial Ice Cream Sandwich update bandwagon, and you’ll be pleased to know that a download is already available to try out.

One word of warning for those that are interested though – this is an alpha build only. That means that some functions of the Ice Cream Sandwich build are not working and one of the main reasons why the alpha build is still available to download is so that some of the bugs that be fixed more effectively than keeping it locked away.

Problems listed so far include no audio and video, while there is also a problem related to the SD card as well, with the Kindle Fire not being able to recognise internal storage. As with most custom Android ROMs, the pleasing aspect of this is that the problems are likely to be solved in future versions of the build, so you may wish to hold off from installing this until a finalized build is available with every aspect of the Kindle Fire working as normal.

For those that just can’t resist the temptation of having Android 4.0 on your precious Kindle Fire though, you’ll find the download links and instructions on how to install over at XDA Developers here. If you are ahead of the game and have already installed Ice Cream Sandwich then let us know your thoughts on the update and if it is running smoothly for you or not. There’s also a video to check out below courtesy of Liliputing, which shows you how the Kindle Fire handles Ice Cream Sandwich at the moment.

Are you pleasantly surprised that Ice Cream Sandwich has found its way to a device which is primarily used for reading e-books?

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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