Amazon's Kindle Fire HD rooted after locked bootloader cracked

The Kindle Fire HD's locked bootloader has been cracked, providing developers with more in-depth access to the Amazon tablet.

The exploit is based on one found on the Asus Transformer Prime running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, according to Android Police, which provided instructions to root the Amazon tablet.

"This is confirmed to work on the Fire HD 7, but should work on all new variants that are based on ICS," the blog said.

Users beware: Rooting your device comes with all of the usual risks, including voiding your Amazon warranty, turning your tablet into a brick, and opening the device up to malware.

As Geek.com, pointed out, the move allows access to the Google Play store. Kindle Fire users, therefore, can download the hundreds of thousands of Google Play apps, not just those in the Amazon App Store.

This week, teardown experts iFixit got their hands on the new tablet, tore it apart, and reported a 7 out of 10 score – high marks for the device's reparability.

Fore more see, Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7in (Wi-Fi) review.