If you get into the Android development world then one of the names you’ll come across quite often is Hashcode. He is one of the most talented developers and always seems to be the first to get a new software running on a recently released phone or tablet. Just yesterday Hashcode released his CyanogenMod (CM) 10.1 for the Kindle Fire (KF) 2 which is a first and a big deal. Now CM 10.1 is in essence a version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean that has some modifications. It is the largest and most downloaded aftermarket software for Android phones and tablets.
Installing CM 10.1 on your Kindle Fire will basically turn you KF into a Nexus 7 device. This means that it will completely erase all the Amazon software and you longer have the access to the movies and music. Books and apps can still be used through the Amazon apps on the Google Play Store. But now you do get access to the entire Play Store and all of Google’s apps which is a big deal. Now I would argue that you could just buy a Nexus 7 if you really want that software. But changing software or ROM on Android device is partly about the fun of trying new things.
Now the process for installing CM 10.1 on the KF 2 is not a simple 1-click method and I would only recommend it to advanced users. You’ll need to be familiar with command line and use adb and fastboot. Ther is also a way to go back to the stock Amazon software as well. So in essence you can try CM 10.1 and see how you like then go back when you want. No doubt there will some bugs with this as well. If you do try CM 10.1 then be sure to let us know how you like it. You can find all info on the XDA site at the link below.
XDA link: CM 10.1 for Kindle Fire 2