USB Debugging, Screenshots, & Rooting
Amazon doesn't include drivers that support the native Android Debug Bridge for Android's SDK, which means you need to perform a manual modification for Windows to recognize the tablet (a necessary step if you want to take screen shots on it).
- Turn on "Allow Installation of Applications From Unknown Sources" in Kindle Fire
- In Windows, put following device descriptions into the [Google.NTx86] and [Google.NTamd64] sections of extras\google\usb_driverandroid_winusb.inf:
%SingleAdbInterface% = USB_Install, USB\VID_1949&PID_0006
%CompositeAdbInterface% = USB_Install, USB\VID_1949&PID_0006&MI_01
- Add 0x1949 into the .android/adb_usb.ini file in the Home directory by using following command from the shell prompt.
echo 0x1949 >> %HOMEPATH%.androidadb_usb.ini
In OS X:
echo "0x1949" >> $HOME/.android/adb_usb.ini
- In Windows: Restart. Plug in the tablet, and when driver installation fails, select "Have Disk" under "Device Manager." Select the driver named "Composite ADB Interface."
Disable Cloud Acceleration for Amazon Silk
- Open up the Web browser on Kindle Fire.
- Click on menu button and go to settings.
- Scroll down and uncheck "Accelerate page loading"
The Kindle Fire will only charge when you plug it into a computer's USB port if it's mounted as a storage device. The tablet will not charge if you are using it.
Install Android Marketplace (Warning: Requires Rooting):Link
Generate APK using Secondary Android Device: Link
APK Download from Our Lab:
- Adobe Flash 11.1 - Download
- Astro 2.1.8 - Download
- Firefox 2.0 - Download
- Meridian 2.1.5 - Download
- mVideoPlayer 2.9.1 - Download
- Skype 2.5 - Download
You must first enable "Allow Installation of Applications From Unknown Sources" to install these APKs. Install Easy Installer from the Amazon Appstore or follow the Backup menu options from Astro for easier app management.
- Meet Amazon's Kindle Fire
- Quick Navigation Tour
- Books And Documents: Not Quite An e-Book Reader...
- Video And Music: Amazon Prime Members Rejoice
- Amazon Appstore Is Not Android Market
- The Shopping Experience: All About Amazon
- Amazon Silk: Assisted Web Browsing (Sort Of)
- Web Browsing: The Same Old Android Restrictions
- TI's OMAP 4430: CPU And GPU Performance
- An Experiment: Gaming Performance, Tegra 2-Porting
- Storage Performance: Slightly Faster Than USB 1.0?!
- Display Performance: IPS Confirmed
- Display Performance Examined: Very Bright, So-So Gamut
- Benchmark Results: Battery Life And Recharge Time
- Benchmark Results: Real-World Performance
- Benchmark Results: Wireless Performance
- Awesome For Amazon Addicts
- Appendix A: Background Information On Our Benchmarks
- Appendix B: Notes For Kindle Fire Owners