Original Kindle Fire receives an unofficial Android 4.4 KitKat update

Amazon’s first Kindle Fire originally shipped with an Android-based operating system called Fire OS. The company decided to focus more on updating hardware than software and as such the original Kindle Fire was stuck with a much older version of the Fire OS. However, hackers have managed to bring an unofficial Android 4.4 KitKat update to the device, albeit a very buggy one.

Amazon has already started to ship its most recent generation of Kindle Fire tablets recently, so the question that begs to be asked is this – what would happen to the original Kindle Fire? Does it still have any kind of mileage left underneath the hood in order to be worth using even until now since its launch in 2011? Apparently so, as this 7” tablet with a 1,024 x 600 resolution IPS display has been hacked to be able to run on an unofficial release of Android 4.4 KitKat, the most recent mobile operating system version from Google. Do bear in mind that this 2011 tablet chugs along with just 512MB RAM and 8GB of internal memory, and if you are curious in picking one up for yourself, a used or pre-loved model will cost you under a Benjamin easily if you search for it in the correct places.

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