Android 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich, has been successfully ported to the wildly popular Amazon Kindle Fire tablet.
XDA Developer Forums recently posted a video of it using a pre-alpha release of Android 4.0 on the Kindle Fire that is based off Cyanogen Mod 9. This port can be a bit buggy, according to 9to5Google. However, the site also claims that using the program is not too difficult, while the process for flashing pre-alpha software is hard to maneuver.
Tech site Liliputing.com explained this new update in better detail and told how to download and use the software on the tablet. “The easiest way to get started is to use the latest Kindle Fire Utility to connect your tablet to a PC with a USB cable and root the tablet, install TWRP 2.0, and then use TWRP to perform backup your entire system, perform a factory wipe, and the flash JackpotClavin’s tryforsdcard.zip.file.”
The site also explained how the biggest problem with the system was that it did not recognize the sdcard portion of Kindle's storage. What this means is that any data or app that needs to read or write data to an sdcard will not function properly.
Liliputing stated that the only Kindle Fire owners who should be downloading the ICS update are those who are extremely curious on how the software appears on the device and developers looking to fix the remaining bugs on the port.
Other developers have successfully ported Ice Cream Sandwich to other devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S2 smartphone. But this early update also came with its fair share of problems. Samsung is expected to release an official upgrade in the beginning of 2012.
Ice Cream Sandwich is currently available on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone.