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How to sideload Android apps on Windows 11

Windows 11 is the first version of Microsoft’s desktop operating system to offer native support for running Android applications. Thanks to a partnership with the Amazon, setting up Android app support is as simple as downloading the Amazon Appstore from the Microsoft Store. Eventually you’ll be able to use the Amazon Appstore and/or Microsoft Store […]

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Amazon Fire tablets: How to disable Amazon apps and features

So you’ve installed the Google Play Store on your Amazon Fire tablet. What’s next? While you can’t yet root Amazon’s latest tablet or replace the operating system with a custom ROM, you can disable a bunch of Amazon apps and features. Don’t need the Amazon Appstore, want to disable the Weather, Prime Video, or Kindle apps? […]

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Google releases Android 11 Developer Preview 3

Android 11 Developer Preview 3 is out today, and it’s available for download for Pixel 2 and later smartphones. This is the final developer preview build in Google’s roadmap — up next are beta releases and the stable version of Android 11 should be ready this fall. Google’s announcement is primarily focused on new features […]

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How to uninstall any app from an Amazon Fire (or Fire HD) tablet, no root required

Want to remove an app you’ve installed on a recent Amazon Fire or Fire HD tablet? All you need to do is long-press the app icon on your home screen, then tap the “uninstall option” that appears at the top of the screen after you release your finger. But what about apps that come pre-installed […]

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Koush’s Universal ADB driver for Windows makes connecting/hacking Android devices easier

In order to root many Android phones and tablets or run some other software, you need to connect your device to a PC and run the Android Debug Bridge. This is basically a tool for developers which you can use to communicate between a PC and an Android device. But there’s not just one ADB […]

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QtADB makes it easy to connect to Android from your PC

The Android Debug Bridge is a utility that allows you to connect an Android phone or tablet to your computer and send commands to your device over a USB or WiFi connection. It’s part of the Android Software Developer Kit, and if you’ve read my instructions for rooting the Amazon Kindle Fire or NOOK Tablet, […]