Kindle Fire Update Breaks Root, Crushes Modders' Hearts

Paul Lilly

As promised, Amazon has begun rolling out a new update for Kindle Fire owners, but there are some things you should know before you dive in. If you're a modder, be aware that the Kindle Fire 6.2.1 update removes root privileges on tablets that have already been rooted, and once it does that, you're unable to re-root it using the SuperOneClick utility with the new firmware installed.

Users over on XDA's forums have been taking the news pretty hard and aren't at all happy about the root-killing update.

"Yep, just got an updated pushed bo my device, and OneClick no longer works. Great. Seriously, I think I'm gonna return this thing. Get a Transformer, or even just get a BlackBerry PlayBook instead until something better comes out (that I feel is worth dropping a lot of money on)," XDA forum member 'prjkthack' commented .

What stinks even more is that the Kindle Fire will attempt to update itself automatically when connected via Wi-Fi, so by the time some users figured out what was going on, it was already too late. If you haven't received an update yet and don't want to lose root, you can either steer clear of Wi-Fi, or install CyanogenMod, details of which you can find on Liliputing.com .

So there's the rub. If, however, you don't give a rat's behind about root, go ahead and grab the update. It smooths out scrolling, makes it possible to remove items from the carousel so your significant other doesn't have to see what sites you've been surfing, and adds an option to require a password to turn on Wi-Fi to help prevent the little ones from making one-click purchases of Spongebob DVDs without your consent.

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