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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 – ahead of Black Friday, Amazon is selling Fire tablets with prices starting as low […]

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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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Comparing Amazon Fire tablet specs: 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 […]

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Amazon releases Fire OS 7 update for some older tablets (Android 9)

It took almost a month longer than expected, but Amazon has released an operating system update that brings the company’s latest software to some older tablets. The company has released a Fire OS 7 update for the 2018 Amazon Fire 7 and 2019 Amazon Fire HD 8. This is the same software that ships with […]

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Run Android 10 on the 2018 Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet (unofficially with LineageOS 17.1)

Most new Android phones and tablets shipping this year are running Android 10 software, and Google is getting ready to release Android 11 this fall. Meanwhile, Amazon’s latest tablets are running a fork of Android called Fire OS and some recent tablets are still stuck on Fire OS 6, which is based on Android 7.1 […]

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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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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 […]