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Update Kindle Fire to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Phablet UI boasting Paranoid Android ROM

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Here’s some more Jelly Bean goodness for Kindle Fire owners. The Android 4.1 based Paranoid Android ROM – which boasts of the phablet UI – has been released for the Kindle Fire by XDA Forum Member johnwayne007. Paranoid Android’s UI is a hybrid between the phone and tablet interface found on Android, but doesn’t force the phablet UI on you, instead allowing you to individually set each app, widget and system component to work in phone, tablet, or phablet mode.

The ROM is currently under development and hence may have a few bugs. Currently, the following issues are present in the ROM, quoted from the source page (where the most updated list of issues can be found):

KNOWN ISSUES (as of 17 Sept ’12):

  • The headphone MIC input is not functioning correctly yet. Work in progress.
  • Virtual keyboard input on JellyBean is terrible. Needs a protocol update or something. Fixing. For now use an alternate keyboard like Swype

Read on to find out how you can install Paranoid Android ROM on your Amazon Kindle Fire.

Compatibility

This ROM and the guide below are compatible only and only with Amazon Kindle Fire. It’s not compatible with any other device. Check your device’s model number in: Settings » About tablet.

Warning!

The methods and procedures discussed here are considered risky and you should not attempt anything if you don’t know completely what it is. If any damage occurs to your device, we won’t be held liable.

How to Install Paranoid Android ROM on Kindle Fire

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  1. This procedure will wipe all your apps, data and settings (but it will NOT touch your SD cards, so don’t worry about those). Backup your Apps and important data — bookmarks, contacts, SMS, APNs (internet settings), etc. This Android backup guide would help you.
    NOTE: Don’t forget to at least note down your network’s APN settings, which are required to make mobile data work. Go into Settings » More » Mobile Networks, click on the APN that is in use, then note down the setting for each field. While APN settings should be automatically restored from network, you can enter them manually if needed to make mobile data work. You can also find your APN details → here.
  2. Make sure you have a custom recovery like TWRP recovery installed on the device. You can read how to get TWRP recovery → here.
  3. Download the latest version of the ROM from the source page.
  4. Download the Google Apps package. This will install apps like Play Store, Gmail, etc. which are not present in the ROM by default.
    Download Gapps  |  Alternate Link  |  Filename: gapps-jb-20120726-signed.zip       
  5. Copy the two zip files downloaded in step 3 and 4 to the SD card on the tablet (do not extract the files).
  6. Boot into TWRP recovery. To do this, turn off the device. Then, press the Power button to turn it on and when you see the triangle on the screen, press the Power button again to enter TWRP recovery.
  7. Create a backup of your existing ROM so that you can restore it if this ROM doesn’t work or you don’t like it. Click on Backup to make a backup of the current ROM, then go back to the main menu by clicking on the home icon after backup is complete.
  8. Tap on Wipe, then select Factory reset to wipe data. This will only wipe your installed apps and data but will leave your SD card files intact.
  9. Go back to the main recovery menu, then select Install and select the ROM file (copied to SD card in step 4) to start installing the ROM.
  10. After the installation of the ROM is complete, repeat step 9 to install the gapps-jb-20120726-signed.zip file which will install the Google apps package.
  11. After Google apps installation is complete, click on Reboot system (or click Reboot, followed by System) to reboot the device and boot up into Paranoid Android ROM.

NOTE: If you want to go back to your previous ROM, boot into TWRP recovery, select Restore then restore your previous ROM by selecting it from the list.

Your Kindle Fire is now running Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean with Paranoid Android ROM. Visit the source page for more information and the latest updates on the ROM. Share your thoughts on the ROM in the comments below.

You can also try out other Jelly Bean ROMs for the Kindle Fire → here.

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