How to sideload apps on Amazon Fire tablets (install apps that aren’t in the Amazon Appstore)

Amazon’s Fire and Fire HD tablets ship with a fork of Google’s Android operating system called Fire OS. For the most part that means they have a custom user interface that’s designed to highlight Amazon apps and services. But it also means that instead of the Google Play Store, they ship with the Amazon Appstore […]

Hack your Amazon Fire tablet with Fire Toolbox (Install Google Play, remove Amazon apps, and more)

Amazon’s Fire tablets offer a lot of bang for the buck. With list prices starting as low as $50, they’re cheaper than any iPad, and more affordable than most Samsung tablets. They often go on sale for even lower prices (Amazon is offering up to $70 off some Fire tablets during its 2021 Prime Day […]

Comparing specs: Amazon Fire 7, Fire HD 8, and Fire 10 tablets

Amazon’s Fire tablets are some of the most cheapest tablets worth buying thanks to a combination of decent screens, acceptable performance (for some tasks) and really low starting prices. Normally you can pick up an Amazon Fire tablet for between $50 and $180. From time to time, they go on sale at deep discounts. But […]

Lilbits: AMD gets serious about gaming, Microsoft is giving Windows 10 a makeover

Microsoft has taken to pushing out two major Windows 10 releases a year… but major may be in the eye of the beholder, because the last few updates have mostly brought a bunch of small changes to the operating system. That could change next year – according to a report from Windows Central, Microsoft is […]

Lilbits: PineTab Linux tablet coming in August, Jibo’s afterlife, and more

Pine64 began taking pre-orders for their PineTab 10.1 inch Linux tablet in June, and now the company says it expects to begin shipping the tablet to customers in mid-August. Microsoft’s Surface Duo dual-screen smartphone continues its march toward launch, this time with an appearance at the Bluetooth SIG website. And if you happened to take […]

Amazon Fire Toolbox v7.3 adds support for 10th-gen Fire HD 8 (Install Google Play, remove Google apps, backup your device and more)

Less than two weeks after the 10th-gen Amazon Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 8+ tablets began shipping, the developer of a popular Fire tablet hacking tool has released an update to add support for Amazon’s newest tablets. In addition to adding support for Amazon’s 2020 model 8 inch tablets,¬†Amazon Fire Toolbox v7.2 also adds […]

Amazon Fire OS 6 brings Android 7.1 Nougat to its 2017 Fire tablets (Update: maybe not)

Amazon’s Fire tablets run a custom version of Android called Fire OS… and while the company releases small software updates from time to time, it’s rare for one of Amazon’s budget tablets to get a major OS bump. But that’s just what happened recently. When the 7th-gen Amazon Fire, Fire HD 8 and Fire HD […]

Amazon Fire tablet hacking resources (Fall 2019 edition)

As usual, Amazon is offering deep discounts on Fire tablets for the holiday shopping season. And as usual, some folks would like Amazon’s tablets better if they worked a bit more like¬†other Android tablets. Amazon Fire tablets run a fork of Android called Fire OS. That means they have an Amazon-designed user interface and ship […]