Amazon has already started to ship its most recent generation of Kindle Fire tablets recently, so the question that begs to be asked is this – what would happen to the original Kindle Fire? Does it still have any kind of mileage left underneath the hood in order to be worth using even until now since its launch in 2011? Apparently so, as this 7” tablet with a 1,024 x 600 resolution IPS display has been hacked to be able to run on an unofficial release of Android 4.4 KitKat, the most recent mobile operating system version from Google. Do bear in mind that this 2011 tablet chugs along with just 512MB RAM and 8GB of internal memory, and if you are curious in picking one up for yourself, a used or pre-loved model will cost you under a Benjamin easily if you search for it in the correct places.
Originally shipped with Amazon’s Fire OS, which in turn happens to be based on Android, the Kindle Fire was hacked to run on the likes of CyanogenMod and different Android ROMs since it was launched. Now, it is even capable of running the unofficial Android 4.4 KitKat ROM on it, now how about that? It is more or less a customized version of CM11 Alpha, except that it has been specially compiled so that it will be able to run on Amazon’s tablet. Not all is smooth sailing though, so do expect a number of graphical glitches, while the stock web browser has some rather questionable performance. Treat it as a work in progress, and you will be happy.