Don’t Hold Your Breath For Kindle Fire HD Custom ROMs: Bootloader Locked Tight


One of the awesome things about the first Kindle Fire, at a time when it was king of its price point, was that you could forget about the whole Amazon-customized-Android deal and flash it with a custom ROM to bring you some some good old stock action. Sure, we’ve got the Nexus 7 now for your hacking needs, but could we still see a vibrant custom ROM community surround the new Fire HD models? Maybe at some point down the road, sure, but for now some tightly-locked-down bootloaders are stymieing the efforts of developers.

The situation’s being compared to the Nook Tablet, which eventually saw the release of custom ROMs, but required quite the hacky work-around to get them running, involving a custom second bootloader. It’s entirely possible that the Fire HDs will have a bug in the implementation of their signature-verification code that could lead to a similar exploit being developed, but for the moment it’s too early to say just if or when that might be.

The guys over on the XDA-Developers forums are incredibly skilled at working their way into even the most secure smartphones and tablets, so we hold out hope for a solution being found, but it’s clearly going to be an uphill journey.

Source: XDA-Developers forums
Via: Phandroid

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Stephen Schenck

Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen’s first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he’s convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he’s not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits

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