Amazon Kindle Fire
|Amazon Kindle Fire|
The Kindle Fire is a tablet computer version of Amazon.com's Kindle e-book reader. Announced on 28 September 2011, the Kindle Fire has a color 7" multi-touch display with IPS technology and runs a forked version of Google's Android operating system. It includes access to the Amazon Appstore, streaming movies and TV shows, and Kindle's e-books. It was scheduled to be released in the US on November 15, 2011, but was released a day earlier, on November 14.
The device sells for US$199. Estimates of the device's initial bill of materials ranged from $150 to $190, with one analyst estimating a total production cost of $201.70. Some analysts expect the device to be a strong competitor to Apple's iPad, however other analysts suggest it is other Android device makers who will suffer greater loss of sales instead. It has been suggested that Amazon's business strategy is to make money on selling content through the device, as well as the device acting as a storefront for physical goods sold through Amazon.
The Kindle Fire's external dimensions are 7.5 x 4.7 x 0.45 inch (190 x 120 x 11 mm), with the visible area of the screen a little smaller than a standard 4x6" photograph.
The Kindle Fire is equipped with a 1 GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 dual-core processor. The display is a 7 inches (180 mm) multi-touch color screen with a 600×1024 pixel resolution. Connectivity is through 802.11n Wi-Fi and USB 2.0 (Micro-B connector). The device includes 8 GB of internal storage — said to be enough for 80 applications, plus either 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 books. According to Amazon's list of technical details, the Kindle Fire's 4400 mAh battery sustains up to 8 hours of consecutive reading and up to 7.5 hours of video playback with wireless off.
The Kindle Fire is running a customized Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS. Besides access to Amazon Appstore, the Kindle Fire includes a cloud-accelerated "split browser" called Amazon Silk using Amazon EC2 for off-device cloud computation; including webpage layout and rendering, and Google's SPDY protocol for faster webpage content transmission. The user's Amazon digital content is given free storage in the Amazon Cloud's web-storage platform, and a built-in email application allows webmail (Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, AOL Mail, etc.) to be merged into one inbox. The subscription-based Amazon Prime, which includes unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows, is available with a free trial period. The current version of the Kindle Fire OS as of November 29, 2011 is 6.2_User_3003020.
Content formats supported are Kindle Format 8 (KF8), Kindle Mobi (.azw), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV, MP4, VP8.
Some users of the Kindle Fire report having problems with Wi-Fi, including inability to connect and disconnections. However, detailed analysis has shown slow USB transfer speeds to be the result of Amazon's driver implementation, not a hardware issue.
2 days after the Kindle Fire release, hackers have successfully rooted the Kindle Fire using SuperOneClick. While it has been rooted, users reported of Amazon Prime and Video pop up a dialogue box saying that the device is not configured to watch videos properly. A solution for this problem can be found by clicking the dialogue.
The 6.2 update by Amazon however, removed root and apps in system/apps not shipped originally with the Kindle. A member in the xda-developers forum posted a fix, following the update.
The 6.2.1 update also removed root and some libraries in system/apps, and as of 2011-12-22, no method of obtaining root has been found.