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Amazon is bringing Fire OS 7 to some older tablets

Amazon’s Fire tablets run a modified version of Android called Fire OS. It has a custom user interface designed to emphasize Amazon’s apps and services. And it also tends to receive major operating system updates infrequently. Google is preparing to release Android 11 this fall, but Amazon’s latest Fire tablets ship with Fire OS 7, […]

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Lilbits 6-30-2020: With YouTube TV priced at $65, is cord-cutting worth it anymore?

When Google launched YouTube TV a few years ago, the service delivered live TV streams from 50 networks for $35 per month, plus features including a cloud DVR and support for up to 9 user accounts. It seemed like a pretty good alternative to cable. Then the company hiked the price to $49 last year. […]

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Daily Deals 6-29-2020: Save $30 on Amazon’s hackable Fire HD 8 tablet

Less than a month after Amazon started shipping the 10th-gen Fire HD 8 tablet (with a faster processor, more RAM and storage, and optional support for wireless charging), the company’s latest tablet is on sale for $30 off the list price. For a limited time that means $60 gets you a tablet with an 8 […]

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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 […]

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How to install Google Play on the Amazon Fire HD 8

Amazon’s Fire tablets offer some decent bang for the buck — they’re inexpensive devices with decent displays and reasonably good performance. But while the tablets run an Android-based operating system called Fire OS, they don’t come with the Google Play Store or popular Google apps like Gmail, YouTube, or Google Maps. But it’s pretty easy […]

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Lilbits 6-03-2020: Amazon’s new Fire HD 8 is here, TrueNAS embraces Linux, and more

Right on schedule, Amazon has flipped the switch from “pre-order” to “buy now” for the new Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet. The starting price for this year’s model is $10 higher, but what you get for that money is a faster tablet with speedier WiFi, more RAM, more storage, a USB-C port, and a more […]

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Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020) tablets feature MT8168 processor, Fire OS 7 software

When Amazon introduced the 10th-gen Fire HD 8 tablet series last week, the company revealed that the new tablets would have a faster processor, more RAM, faster WiFi, USB Type-C, and a new Fire HD 8 Plus model with 50-percent more RAM and support for wireless charging. But there were a few key specs that […]

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Amazon launches 10th-gen Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 8 Plus tablets (faster, more RAM, optional wireless charging)

Amazon’s Fire tablets have starting prices as low as $50 for an entry-level model with a 7 inch screen. But the Amazon Fire HD 8 has always represented a stronger value proposition for folks who can pay a little more for a version with much better specs. Now Amazon is updating the Fire HD 8 with two […]