I Am Root! — Kindle Fire Edition

Amazon’s new tablet reader, the Kindle Fire has been rooted. Early this morning [Death2All110] posted the steps he took to gain root access to his device (which is so fresh out of the box it still smells new). The heavy lifting is done by a package called SuperOneClick which aims to root all manner of phones and devices running Android.

There’s a bit more than the one click necessary, but not by much. Using the Android Developer Bridge in conjunction with the SDK you need to put in a value that will be recognized as the VID. From there, turn on the ability to install apps from unknown developers, re-enumerate the device on your PC and run the one-click package.

What can you do with this? Well, it completely opens up the Android OS so that you can bend it to your will. We haven’t seen any demonstrations yet, but it should be even better than what we saw done with the Sony PRS-T1.

[Addictive Tips via Reddit]

23 thoughts on “I Am Root! — Kindle Fire Edition

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        “Micheal JackSonD” is the Successful attempt of ‘Mickey’ (the kid char.) to attain another OS on a tablet or Palm PC using an SD Card or similar.
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      1. I agree, why would someone want to do that. Coolness factor is minimal because apple is lame (diehard windows and newly Linux/android fan so meh) regardless, interesting news. I might have to look into that rooter for when I eventually get around to rooting my tablet to get some bloatware off ^-^

  1. A very detailed tutorial in here if you want to root yours…


    1. I think it’s pretty weird to that an open source OS needs to be handled the same as an iphone to get access to it.

      But I guess it’s not new, there have been linux-based devices before android came about that needed tricks and effort too.

    2. I thought it was hardware manufacturers that were making things difficult. For example; my Archos 43 allows me to install/run any custom Android ROM with little effort, BUT they’ve tried very hard to lock down their stock ROM.

      1. I agree. I believe it is more the manufacturers locking down their ROMs than Google locking down the OS. If Google wanted the OS locked down, they would have shut off the ADB exploit long ago with the G1

    3. Open source is simply that; the source code to Android is available for anyone to view. It has nothing at all to do with what the end user can do with the compiled version on their carrier-subsidized handset.

      You are perhaps confusing the idea of open source with free software; they are two completely different ideologies. Being able to root your phone would probably be a fringe case under the GPLv3 “Tivoization” clause, but Android is not licensed under the GPLv3 so the point is moot.

    4. Well, the source was openly available to Amazon to heavily customize, bend, and alter in such a way that their customers would not have the same ability to change things around. So it is very open source, you are just having to go through another step before getting the product.

  2. I wish I could find instructions for doing a manual root. Most android root instructions out there are just “Download App [A], then click buttons [x], [y], [z]”. I’d like to know what’s actually going on, and if it breaks, know it’s my fault.

    Longtime Gentoo user, I guess I’m spoiled by things like http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/handbook/ – yeah, it’s long, but a lot of it is background so you know what’s going on behind the scenes.

    1. BurritoRoot was pretty manual… sort of. I rooted mine with a mac, so all the fancy programs available to windows users were not so easily accessible to me. I think BurritoRoot just gives a reference point to the kindle as you fiddle around with it through a command line. Wasn’t to difficult, but it also wasn’t “press this button. Processing…. Success, your kindle is now root.”

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