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Kindle Fire Utility roots, hacks & updates

Posted at 20 December 2011 02:33 CET by etdragon

The Kindle Fire has been out for just over a month now and there’s been no shortage of hacks and mods for the device. One wonderful hacker has decided to compile a bunch of the most popular hacks together under one utility, making it easier than ever to mod the tablet to your heart’s content.

Monday morning an XDA Forum member calling himself Vashypooh posted the first version of the Kindle Fire Utility. The application runs on windows and while it doesn’t do any actual hacking itself, it does make it easy as pie to run any of the numerous hacks out there.

The process is pretty simply. First, download and install the zip file for Kindle Fire Utility. Next, plug your Kindle Fire into your PC (Windows only). Finally, double click on a file and choose what you want to do. It’s worth noting that the application runs on the Windows PC and not on the Fire itself. The program makes it super simple to root the Fire, change its boot mode, install recovery tools, or make other changes.

The KF Utility comes with a popular rooting tool called ZergRush. In addition, it allows the user to install Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP) 2.0 on their Kindle. That tool allows you to do a complete backup and restore of any Android tablet, Kindle Fire included.

The utility can also perform a factory reset of the device and provides a way to get updates from Amazon. If you happen to be running custom Kindle Fire firmware like Cyanogen Mod, the ability to pull select updates from Amazon or factory reset the device at will is crucial, so this is a nice inclusion.

Overall this is a really nice compilation of some of the best Kindle Fire hacking tools out there right now. Please keep in mind that something like this has the possibility of borking your tablet, so definitely use at your own risk.

Do any of you folks have a Kindle Fire that you are looking to mod? Are you going to give the Kindle Fire Utility a try? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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