iPad 2 Rival Alert : Amazon Kindle Fire Gets Unofficial Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich

The Amazon Kindle Fire, which will launch in the UK shortly, has fallen into the hands of a resourceful hacker who managed to upgrade the onboard operating system from the customised Android operating system to Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The project is still at an early stage with the demo video showing not much of the known capabilities of ICS; the hacker, named Stephen, reckons that there are improvements to be made especially when it comes to Wi-Fi and audio.

He also confirmed that the still unnamed venture will be open sourced at a later stage, something which we can only hope will snowball into something significant.

The Amazon Kindle Fire is likely to be an even bigger hit than the HP TouchPad tablet, because there's enough stock around and Amazon's colour tablet is powerful enough.

It was launched in the US last month and has proved to be a very popular seller on Amazon.

The tablet has a slightly less enticing configuration than the RIM Blackberry PlayBook (and the Kobo Vox and Barnes and Noble Nook); a dual core TI OMAP4430 chipset, 512MB RAM, 8GB onboard, a 7-inch 1024x600 pixel capacitive touchscreen, Wi-Fi but no microSD card slot.