The original Kindle Fire tablet was launched by Amazon back in 2011. Its specifications aren’t anything to write home about by today’s standards, the tablet had TI OMAP 4430 dual-core processor with 512MB RAM and 8GB of onboard storage, along with a 7-inch 1024×600 pixel resolution display. That doesn’t mean this tablet isn’t capable enough to run the latest version of Android. Independent developers have put together an Android 5.0 Lollipop custom ROM for the first Kindle Fire tablet.
Amazon does find the time to push out software updates for this tablet but it hasn’t brought over the new features from Fire OS 4. The tablet is powered by Fire OS, which is a heavily modified version of Android OS.
Custom ROMs for the Kindle Fire tablet are nothing new. Developers have been creating them to enable users to access Google’s services instead of Amazon’s, which are the default option on the company’s hardware.
This Android 5.0 ROM for the Kindle Fire brings vanilla Android experience instead of the “shelf” user interface of the tablet. New features such as the redesigned recent apps menu, quick settings portal and lock screen notifications are all onboard.
Instructions on how to flash this ROM on the Kindle Fire tablet are available over at XDA developers forums. The ROM has some bugs which may contribute to battery drain, but everything else should work just fine.