A while back XDA-Developers “g1011999” started efforts for porting Android 4.0 ICS to the Kindle Fire. While his work is still under development, another XDA-Developers forum member “JackpotClavin” has just released a very experimental build of ICS. This is primarily a pre-release ROM, and therfore it must be used with caution. In case you have no experience in flashing custom ROMs on a Kindle Fire device, then it is suggested that you should stay away from this ROM.
You will have to use Trebuchet to enable landscape support in the launcher. Nebkat is working on this almost every day, check the thread from time to time for upcoming changes and other updates. It is also the CM9 launcher if you didn’t know that yet. It has a menu button in the drawer. Trebuchet settings –> General -> Auto-rotate screen and landscape mode should become usable.
SDCard mounting: push /system/bin/vold from CM7 to your device and set the permissions to 777. Download Vold.
Disclaimer: Follow this guide at your own risk. WML Cloud and it’s team members will not be responsible if your device gets damaged or bricked during the below mentioned process.
- A rooted Kindle Fire with TWRP 2.0 recovery installed on it. For more details, see my guide Kindle Fire Single Click Root, Recovery & Market Installation.
- ICS ROM.
- Google Apps
Step 1: Download the ICS ROM from the link given above and copy it to the root of your SD card.
Step 2: Power of the device and boot into recovery. (Power it on and when you see the yellow triangle, press and hold the Power button till TWRP 2.0 recovery loads.
Step 3: From the Backup section in the recovery, make a backup of your current system and go back to the Home Screen. Hit the Install button to proceed further.
Step 4: You should now be able to see the ROM on the right panel of the recovery’s window. Tap on it and select Flash to begin installation.
Step 5: Follow the same process for Google Apps.
Step 6: Once installation is complete, reboot your device.
According to a comment at XDA Developers forum while the Wi-Fi seems to be working fine, “some video playback (Netflix) and some audio (in Angry Birds) doesn’t (currently) work”. This problem, however, might get rectified shortly. To know about what’s working, what might be currently dysfunctional, which issues might have been resolved and any queries, head over to the XDA-Developers.