Amazon, "in accordance with certain free and open  source software licenses," released today the open source code files for their 8.9" Kindle Fire HD, one of the latest tablets to join their wildly successful e-reader lineup.

The source code release comes about five days before the HD 8.9 was scheduled for official launch (though it actually began shipping today), giving those who want to tinker, develop with, or simply ogle the fresh batch of source a fair lead time.


If you've been waiting to get your hands on the HD 8.9's source code (or even if you haven't), just hit the link below to grab the full download.

Source: Amazon

Liam Spradlin
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  • TossedRightOut

    Does this mean we might get an Amazon Instant Video apk sometime in the future for the Nexus 7?

    • Zaatour36

      or any other Android device, that would be AWESOME :D

    • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

      Did you see any app other than Google's own Music app makes use of your music stored in Google's cloud? No. It's probably the same here -- those things you want the most aren't part of the open sourced codes.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      No, that's not what this type of package is. This is the source code for the open source components used on the Fire HD and any resources necessary to compile those parts. In essence, it's the source code to their modified version of the Linux kernel, some driver binaries, other necessary resources (images, config files, scripts, etc...), and judging by the size I think they included the base operating system. Basically, it's all of the stuff that is still Android.

      Stuff like Amazon Instant Video, the user interface for the Fire HD, and any other apps or services that are specific to Amazon aren't included. That software isn't open source and there are no requirements for them to release the code. The individual APKs can be ripped from the Fire HD, but I am pretty sure they rely on a few services on the device that are tied into Amazon's custom interface, which makes them pretty useless to the rest of the Android world.

  • green

    While the page with the source is up, you cannot really download the source, you get access denied trying to get kindle_src_8.1.2_user_1211420.tar.gz
    Try it for yourself


    so does this mean that we will see custom roms soon? sorry not familiar with android rooting and modifying.