There are some very real limitations to Amazon tablets, but it certainly isn’t the hardware to blame. The Fire UI is so heavily skinned and customized that it barely looks, feels or acts like Android- it doesn’t even have Google Play and therefore is limited in the amount of apps available.
Want to get the most out of the new Amazon Kindle Fire HD? Custom ROMs will likely be the solution, bring the full Android experience, including Google Play. One problem, it seems that the Fire HD has a locked bootloader and extra security measures that might make it less hack-friendly than the original Fire- at least that was probably Amazon’s wish.
Luckily, we live in a world where XDA and RootzWiki developers seem to always be on top of things, providing us with the best ways to make the most out of our tablets. The team has managed to successfully root the Fire HD, despite the security in place.
The hack seems easy enough and can truly make the $199 Kindle Fire HD 7-inch or the $299 HD 9-incher even better. Check out the video below and let us know what you think. Are you interested in the Kindle Fire HD or would you rather stick with an alternative like the Google Nexus 7?