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

Amazon’s Fire tablets offer a lot of bang for the buck. With list prices starting as low as $60, they’re far cheaper than any iPad, and more affordable than most Android tablets from companies like Samsung or Lenovo. Amazon’s tablets also go on sale for even lower prices at least a few times a year. […]

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Amazon’s Fire OS for Smart TVs and tablets may drop Android for a new Linux-based OS

Amazon Fire TV and Fire tablet devices ship with an operating system called Fire OS. And for more than a decade, that operating system has been a fork of Android. But according to a report from Janko Roettgers, Amazon is looking to change that by developing its own operating system in-house. The new operating system […]

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Lilbits: Firefox for Android finally gets pull-to-refresh, Google brings app auto-archiving to Android

Firefox 112 is out today, and while desktop users won’t see much new (there’s optional support for revealing passwords with a right-click), Firefox mobile users with an Android device will get one major (and long overdue) update: you can pull down from the top of the screen to refresh a website so you can see […]

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How to install Google Play on 12th-gen Amazon Fire tablets (2022 models running Fire OS 8)

The 12th-gen Amazon Fire tablet is the first device to ship with Fire OS 8, the latest version of Amazon’s tablet operating system, and it’s now available from Amazon for $60 and up. While Fire OS continues to put an emphasis on Amazon’s apps and services, making Fire tablets most useful for customers who stream […]

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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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Amazon Fire 7 (2022, 12th-gen): First look at Fire OS 8

The 12th-gen Amazon Fire 7 tablet is now available, and it’s the first of Amazon’s tablets to ship with Fire OS 8, the latest version of the company’s Android-based operating system for tablets and smart TVs. As we reported when Amazon announced the new tablet in May, Fire OS 8 is based on Android 11 […]

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Amazon’s 12th-gen Fire Tablet arrives this week with a speed boost, more RAM, and USB-C

Amazon’s new Fire Tablet arrives this week. With a starting price of $60, it’s a little pricier than the previous-gen model that it replaces, but the new 12th-gen Fire Tablet has a faster processor, twice as much RAM, faster wireless, and a USB Type-C port. The new 12th-gen Fire Tablet went up for pre-order last […]

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Amazon’s new Fire 7 tablet has a faster processor, more RAM, longer battery life and USB-C

Amazon’s entry-level Fire tablet is getting a spec bump for the first time since 2019. The new Amazon Fire 7 (2022) is still a budget tablet with a 7 inch IPS LCD display, but it has twice as much RAM as the previous-gen model, a processor that Amazon says is 30% faster, and up to […]

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A new Amazon Fire tablet hits the FCC (could be a 2022 Fire 7 tablet, or a new Fire HD 10)

It’s been nearly three years since Amazon released a hardware update for the entry-level Amazon Fire tablet. But it looks like a new model could be coming soon. An unannounced device that sure looks like an Amazon Fire tablet showed up at the FCC website this week. The tablet that’s most overdue for a refresh […]

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Lilbits: Installing Google Play on Amazon Fire tablets, Linux on Chromebooks, and more

Find yourself with a new Amazon Fire tablet this holiday season? Amazon’s tablets offer pretty good bang for the buck if you’re looking for a device for reading eBooks, doing some web surfing, or streaming videos. But they also ship with Amazon’s Fire OS, which is a fork of Google Android that includes Amazon’s Appstore […]

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Amazon’s Black Friday Device Deals are here: Kindle for $50, Fire tablet for $35, Echo Dot for $20

Most of Amazon’s Black Friday 2021 device deals are now live, with deep discounts on tablets, eReaders, smart speakers and displays, media streamers, and other gadgets. You can find a detailed list of deals below, but some of my favorites? You can pick up an Amazon Fire HD for $75, a Fire TV Stick 4K […]