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Fire Toolbox v30 brings new features for hacking Amazon Fire tablets (including Fire OS 8 models)

Amazon’s Fire tablets are some of the cheapest tablets worth buying, with starting prices as low as $50 (or even lower during Amazon’s Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Prime Day sales). But they ship with a modified version of Android called FireOS that lacks some of the features you might find on other Android tablets. […]

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Amazon Fire HD 8 (2022) arrives with a faster processor and a $100 starting price

Amazon’s Fire HD 8 tablet has been one of the best budget tablets available for years, offering a better screen and processor than the entry-level Fire 7, at a lower price than the higher-performance Fire HD 10. Now Amazon is refreshing the Fire HD 8 with new 2022 models that… look an awful lot like […]

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Fire Toolbox now lets you hack Amazon tablets running Fire OS 8 (starting with the 2022 Fire 7)

Fire Toolbox is a free utility that makes it easy to hack Amazon Fire tablets by doing things like installing the Google Play Store, disabling pre-installed apps from Amazon, and loading third-party launchers, keyboards, and other apps, among other things. Developer Datastream33 continually pushes updates that add new functionality, bug fixes, and support for Amazon’s […]

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Bootloader unlock and root for Amazon Fire 7 tablets (5th-gen and 7th-gen)

Less than a month after hackers figured out how to unlock the bootloader and root the 8th-gen Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet (the 2018 model), there’s now a method for doing that with Amazon’s cheaper 7 inch tablets. Xda-developers forum member k4y0z has posted instructions for unlocking the 5th-gen and 7th-gen Amazon Fire tablets (the […]

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Making Amazon’s 2017 Fire tablets more Googley (Play Store, third-party launchers)

Amazon’s tablets run an Android-based operating system called Fire OS. While Amazon has developed a custom user interface for the operating system, featuring tight integration with the Amazon Appstore, Kindle, Music, and Movies apps, it’s surprisingly easy to install the Google Play Store on Amazon’s most recent tablets. You may not be able to root […]

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Amazon’s next 3 tablets might have micro SD card slots

Amazon may be preparing to refresh its Fire tablet family with three new models… and it looks like all three may have something that none of Amazon’s previous tablets have had: microSD card slots for removable storage. We had already spotted evidence of one upcoming tablet through an FCC listing a few weeks ago. Now […]

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Amazon Kindle Fire tablet to run $199

The long-anticipated Amazon tablet is almost here. The company is holding an event in New York City to officially introduce its 7 inch Android device this morning, but the folks at Bloomberg just couldn’t wait — and they’ve spilled some of the beans. Here’s what we know so far: The device will be called the […]

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Amazon prepping at least 5 million tablets?

There’s mounting evidence that Amazon will start offering a 7 inch tablet with a color touchscreen display soon. Last week TechCrunch published a report saying Amazon’s first tablet will be called a Kindle and that it will be available in November for about $250. The tablet will reportedly run a highly customized version of Google […]