So, you were thinking about picking up a Kindle Fire HD, rooting it, and throwing a ROM on it for an impressive $200 tablet? Turns out that idea may not work out as well as we initially thought: both the Kindle Fire HD and the second gen KF have locked bootloaders. Bummer.

This may not mean that custom ROMs are impossible on these devices, only that it's more improbable.

For those who may not know, the bootloader is responsible for checking the firmware's signature before a device boots. In this case, if it doesn't match what Amazon says it should, then it simply won't do anything. In order to make it work, this key needs to be cracked or otherwise bypassed, which isn't always an easy task.

It's worth mentioning here that this probably won't make the KF and KFHD unrootable, as we've already heard that a root method is currently in the works.

What this does mean, though, is that you should probably hold off on putting your order in until the development community can spend some time working with the new Kindles to judge how difficult a hack is going to be. With that said, initial reports aren't looking good.

[XDA Forums via The Digital Reader]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://www.thewordofjoe.com/ z3ro

    Sadly, this doesn't surprise me one bit. Glad I bought a Nexus 7. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

    As annoying as it is plenty of Android devices with locked bootloaders have got custom ROMs on them. I think that we will be seeing CyanogenMod 10 on this thing, just not as soon as we like.

  • moelsen8

    Not really surprised. Amazon doesn't really make money on them unless you're buying their content, which they can't guarantee unless you're locked into their OS. Still.. its bullish*t.

    • ocdtrekkie

      Yup. As they lose money selling the tablet itself, Amazon would actually be completely retarded to sell it without a locked bootloader.

  • Mark

    Wow. Most of the negatives I heard about the fire hd was software related, but so I figured no problem, a custom rom can fix that. I was going to buy one. But now I will follow advice and wait for a solid hack and rom to come out first

  • Deltaechoe

    Glad I got a nexus 7

  • http://www.facebook.com/dgemus Don Gemus

    Its already rooted, won't be long