Did you receive a brand new Kindle Fire for the holidays and realized its limitations? Want to squeeze more functionality out of that $200 tablet? Why not flash Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on it and turn it into a real Android tablet?
Splicing Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) onto your Kindle Fire requires a little elbow grease. Using an unofficial early port of ICS based on CyanogenMod 9 created by JackpotClavin, a Kindle Fire can be transformed into a full-fledged Android tablet — sort of.
This being an unofficial release of ICS and an early one — the port is a little rough on the edges, but shows promise. As you can see in this video by Brad Linder from Liliputing, most of ICS is in working order.
I don't see much slowdown, Android Market works and elements seem relatively snappy.
The only real problem seems to be that YouTube videos are glitchy and playback skips from start to finish for some reason.
It's all a work in progress, but one that seems to turn the Fire into a tablet that can do more, much like how modders figured out how to turn the Nook Color into an Android tablet.
If you're brave enough, you can following the link over to XDA-Developers and give your Kindle Fire a fresh breath of life. Just know that we're not responsible for anything that happens to your tablet. You're on your own from this point on.