When it comes to android smartphones, sometimes the general public can be quite divided on whether they like a device or not. The latest from HTC, the One M9 is a prime example of a device which seems to separate people’s opinions. While some think it is a complete let down, others believe that it has been unfairly criticized since it was released. Then there are smartphones which seem to unify the android community as a whole. The latest from Samsung, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge seem to be good examples of this unifying, as even those who fundamentally do not like Samsung seem to appreciate the changes and design employed with their latest flagship(s). Another prime example of a unifying smartphone was the Fire Phone by Amazon. That said, unlike the Galaxy offerings, the Fire Phone unified the android community in what seemed to be complete disdain.
Part of the reason for the universal disliking of the Fire Phone seems to stem from Amazon’s employing of their own skinned version of android, instead of stock android. Although, many manufacturers do this, the Amazon version seemed to be very heavy in its skinning and due to what seems a never ending app battle between Android and Google, the Fire Phone’s UI was completely geared towards using Amazon’s services and apps. As such, the device (in spite of relatively OK specs) quickly became a flop with extremely poor sales. So much so, that the device very quickly saw its price reducing to around the $200 marker. Not to mention, the reduced price normally included a year’s worth of Prime Membership as well ($99 value).
Well, if you were one of those who had picked up the Fire Phone and are growing tired of Fire OS then it seems there is help on the horizon. The folks over at XDA have been making some headway recently and have now ported CyanogenMod 11 (CM11) to run on the Fire Phone. This is CM11, which means it is Android 4.4 (KitKat) based and as such, there won’t be any Lollipop features on offer. But if you were looking for a change, then this might be worth a try. It is also worth pointing out that the ROM is only in Beta and there are already some known issues (like the Camera not working properly), therefore you will want to be aware that problems might arise. Either way though, you can find out more by hitting the source link below.