Amazon's new tablet, the Kindle Fire, has been grabbing all of the headlines following Amazon's press event yesterday, and rightfully so. Priced at an aggressive $199, it has virtually alienated all other Android tablet manufacturers in one fell swoop, offering potential buyers a great piece of hardware and all of the content Amazon has to offer to back it up.
Despite this, there are still a few things that the Fire won't offer. It's running a heavily skinned version of Android 2.3, so the experience will be completely different to other Android tablets currently available. Also, it doesn't ship with the Android Market, instead offering Amazon's App Store (although it will support sideloading of applications).
As a result, many users of the Fire will want to root the device, and according to Jon Jenkins, director of Amazon's Silk browser project, Amazon isn't going to stop you.
"It's going to get rooted, and what you do after you root it is up to you," Jenkins said.
According to PC Mag, Jenkins went on to say that he doesn't know whether or not the bootloader is locked, and although Amazon won't help users root the tablet, they won't actively try to stop them.
This certainly bodes well for the hacking community when they attempt to root the Fire upon its release in November, so watch this space. You might be using a rooted Kindle Fire sooner rather than later!
Source: PC Mag