When you cast a glance at your $159 Kindle Fire 2, what do you see? Some visionaries out there see unfulfilled potential, at least until today as you can transform your Kindle Fire 2 into a full fledged Android-powered tablet thanks to the wonder that is called CyanogenMod 10.1. This custom ROM will feature tight integration with Amazon services and digital content stores, not to mention letting you run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean instead of the stock customized Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich experience, in addition to gaining full access to the Google Play Store. In a nutshell, you can more or less run just about any app that works on the Android platform without breaking the bank.
The thing is, the Kindle Fire 2 is not the fastest tablet on the block, so that kind of defeats the purpose, but at least it opens up options to the masses. Be warned though, CyanogenMod 10.1 for the Kindle Fire 2 will not support hardware video acceleration, meaning you cannot stream HD video from YouTube and Netflix, and you will also experience a higher battery drain during sleep while your headset microphones remain gimped.Related articles: