December 12, 2011, 11:51 AM — Amazon's Kindle Touch has a full-touch control interface, built-in Wifi, the ability to run or stream audio MP3 files, several unannounced features many users would love and, now, a freely available jailbreak that could let developers build their own apps to run on the newest version of Amazon's e-book reader.
The jailbreak is surprisingly simple to find, build and use, according to developer and Kindle expert Yifan Lu, who has jailbroken several previous versions of the device as well.
Amazon rewrote significant chunks of the Kindle interface to add full touch support and to make the controls more easily accessible with one hand.
"In fact, many of the interfaces on the Touch are actually web pages in disguise," Lu wrote. "For example: the password entry screen, the search bar (which is just an HTML page with a frame), the browser, Wifi selection screen and even the music player."
That makes for a more web-friendly interface, but also creates a connection to core functions of the OS that other developers can also exploit, though Lu didn't have to look too deep before finding a readty-made pathway through the Kindle's security:
Reuters: Eric Thayer