The Amazon Kindle Fire, which was launched earlier this quarter, has been huge hit. It is expected to sell tens of millions of units in 2012, with its sales second only to the iPad. Unlike Apple, Amazon is taking a loss on each sale though, but hopes to make money on content.
Anyways, my point is that the Amazon Kindle Fire is the best possible tablet you can get in $200, at least when it comes to the hardware. It comes with a heavily modified version of Android, which has been pretty much locked down by Amazon to run only its authorized software. There’s the Amazon App Store, of course, but it isn’t as good as the Android Market.
Ever since Amazon launched the Kindle Fire, I have been wondering how quickly the CyanogenMod community would come out with a ROM for it. CyanogenMod 7 on the Kindle Fire would be the perfect combination; I have used it on my Nook Color, and I’ve been really impressed.
Today, JackpotCalvin from XDA posted that he has managed to get a build of CyanogenMod 7 to run on the Kindle Fire. There are still a few bugs, but they should be ironed out soon. We can expect to see a working CM7 build for the Kindle Fire soon. Here is a link to the thread – [ROM] CyanogenMod 7 for the Kindle Fire
Development of a CyanogenMod 9 ROM (Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich) for the Amazon Kindle Fire is also underway. I’m drooling already.