Kindle "Tate" & OFFICIAL CyanogenMod 11.0 for the Kindle Fire HD 7"
Just wanted to post this for anyone looking to do this. I have the Tate Kindle Fire HD and as we all know there have been no updates to the OS and there probably will not be any. Most of the people here like to play with things to see how they work and see what they get away with. I'm no different.
Not being able to use all of the Android apps can be frustrating especially when there is an app that can play on your device but it's not on the Amazon app store yet. Every Kindle owner secretly dreams of being able to use the Google Play Store.
So I did what a lot of us have done and I rooted my Kindle Tate and installed the Google Play Store. I was checking out some apps and then I went to purchase Grand Theft Auto and I got a this version is not supported on your device warning. It would not let me purchase this app while rooted with the Google Play Store. Apparently the services that it checks for are not available on a rooted tablet. Plenty of other apps let me install them but I realized that the good apps all had hardware requirements.
After this happened I was thinking that rooting your Kindle Fire HD is just a waste of time if I'm limited to only the generic apps. Grand Theft Auto runs on my Kindle Fire HD from the Amazon app store just fine in case anyone is wondering.
So after seeing that rooting your Kindle Fire HD is really a waste of time if you're just going to put the Google Play Store on it. Especially for people that want everything. If you only want generic apps then you might as well just stay with Amazon. So that's what I was thinking. Then I said well maybe I can just install Android 4.4 with theCyanogenMod
So I got everything I needed and proceeded to put CyanogenMod 11.0 on my Kindle Fire Tate. First impressions I was like YEAH, this is hot. You could configure it and change the wallpaper and it just looked great. I was thinking that I definitely made a good decision and that I would be able to enjoy my Kindle Fire HD more.
Then after playing around with it for a while and trying lots of apps for it I started to realize that yeah it looks good but compared to the Generic Amazon OS it ran like crap. I could install Grand Theft Auto on my device once I put the CyanogenMod on my device but it ran like crap so I installed Magic 2014 on it, a game that I had played on this Kindle for many hours. It was choppy and laggy. You would press the screen and nothing would happen. It was playable but it was bad compared to playing on the Amazon OS. I tried to optimize it and spent at least 3 hours trying to get it to play games smoothly but it just wouldn't. I'm older also and you will notice right away that apps text size is smaller. You can increase the text size for the device in settings but it has no effect on the apps that you run. Text from apps I played on the Amazon OS was very small on Android 4.4. This may not be a big deal to younger people but to me it was noticeable. It was like the text for a phone instead of a tablet.
So then I restored my Kindle Fire HD and then wiped it to factory settings and re installed everything that I was using on the Android 4.4 and wow was it so much better. The Amazon OS while not pretty is fast and responsive compared to this. It felt like a nice tablet again.
I'm just writing this for the average joe. Don't waste your time with your Kindle Fire HD Tate by trying to make it better. Nothing you can do is going to get it how you want it. Just enjoy it for what it is. If you want to have a nice Android device running the latest software then just buy an Android Device that's running he latest software. If you buy a Kindle they you are just locked into what you spent.
My next tablet will be a device that just runs on Android.