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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean ported to Kindle Fire

The Android fanatics at xdadevelopers forum have transformed the original Amazon low-budget slate into something a bit sweeter.

This bit of portage tosses a Jelly Bean into the Fire.
Screenshot by Eric Mack/CNET

Hundreds of years ago, whoever controlled the ports of the world controlled the empire. In the Android world, ports rule once again -- in particular, a developer named Hashcode's port of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to the Amazon Kindle Fire totally rules.

You can find all the necessary files at the xdadevelopers forum, and Lilliputing also has a nice walk-through of the process.

The initial build isn't perfect -- there are issues with enabling Wi-Fi and some video codec -- but besides a few little bugs, it more or less transforms the user interface on the Fire into what you'd see on a Google Nexus 7. Keep in mind that these sorts of operations always come with some level of risk, including the possibility that your Fire could be transformed into a brick-like piece of burnt toast.

Take a gander at what it looks like to toss a Jelly Bean into the Fire in the video below: