Amazon's Kindle Fire HD tablets are very affordable, and the hardware is pretty compelling. It's just a crying shame that the Fire OS powering the device doesn't quite have the feature set that we enthusiast have come to expect. But that's nothing a little ROM action can't address, and CyanogenMod has just the solution - nightlies for the 2012 Kindle Fire HD 7" and 8.9."



The builds currently available show up as experimental because they were produced on demand, but regular nightlies are due out starting today. These are running CyanogenMod 11, which comes with a relatively clean version of KitKat.

As always, exercise caution when working with these files. This wouldn't be the best surprise to leave for Grandma to find when she returns to pick up her Kindle Fire HD. Sometimes these things are stable, and sometimes they aren't. Links to see for yourself are available below.

CyanogenMod 11 for the Kindle Fire HD 7"

CyanogenMod 11 for the Kindle Fire HD 8.9"

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • InfojunkE

    So, is there a root option that actually works for the kindle fire HDX that allows me to install this?

    • dogulas

      This isn't for the HDX.

  • Carlos Rodríguez

    You forgot to mention, that this is only for the 2012 Kindle Fire HD. The newer (without camera) won't work. There's no second bootloader for the newer Kindle Fires, so, no custom rom support.


    • Pyrotek85

      Really? That's a pretty big detail to leave out lol

    • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

      Thanks, good call. I've slipped the year in.

      • Carlos Rodríguez

        Youre welcome. Although I can't vouch for the 8.9 Model, I'm 100% sure for the 7 inch model because I flashed CM11 to a friend's 2012 Fire HD and I also have another friend with a 2013 model and he's out of luck.

        The success depends on a second bootloader exploit to flash a custom recovery and then a custom ROM. This is still not possible on the 2013 model (or models).


        • Black Hammer

          Can't you flash a custom bootloader with fire flash?

          • Carlos Rodríguez

            Exactly. But Fire Flash is for the 2012 model, not the 2013 one.

      • daysofdre

        ..maybe you can slip it into the title? you really have to search for that year..

  • dogulas

    It's pretty stable. Been using it for quite a while.

  • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php Apple is a patent troll

    So where is the news about slim resents?

    This bias reporting is just plain childish.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Seriously, this constant slims recents spamming has gotten old real fast.

  • Lante Bannerman

    what can i do to customize my hdx 7 (thor) as far as android apps, launchers, google services and free paid apps are concerned, if i dont have root access? mine arrives soon and i dont know what it's updated to. i wont be putting on wifi until i find everything out

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