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Turn Amazon’s First TV Stick into an unofficial Android TV device with LineageOS 18.1

Amazon’s Fire TV devices run a custom version of Google’s Android software called Fire OS that feature Amazon’s app store, Amazon Prime Video, and other Amazon apps and services instead of Google’s. But hackers have found a way to replace Fire OS on Amazon’s 2020 Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick Lite with an […]

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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 Fire TV Stick 4K Max brings WiFi 6 and faster performance to Amazon’s tiny media streamer

Amazon’s new Fire TV Stick 4K Max is a media streamer that looks nearly identical to the 2018 Fire TV Stick 4K, but the new model has a faster processor, higher-performance graphics, and more RAM. It’s also the first Fire TV device to support WiFi 6. Add up those upgrades and Amazon says its newest media […]

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Amazon Fire TV Stick specs compared (Fire TV Stick 4K Max, Stick 4K, Stick, and Stick Lite)

Amazon’s Fire TV line of devices now includes four different Fire TV Stick models with list prices ranging from $30 to $55. But under the hood it turns out that some models have remarkably similar hardware. In fact, the $30 Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite and $40 Fire TV Stick are basically identical. The only […]

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Give an Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K an Android TV-style makeover

Amazon’s Fire TV devices ship with a custom, Android-based operating system called Fire OS. But it’s possible to replace the default software with something that looks and functions a bit more like Google’s Android TV. Xda-developers forum member burcbuluklu has posted a guide outlining the process for doing that with an Amazon Fire TV Stick […]

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Amazon introduces $30 Fire TV Stick Lite and new $40 Fire TV Stick

Amazon’s Fire TV Stick 4K continues to be the company’s most powerful media streamer. But if you’re looking for something a little cheaper than that $50 device, starting later this year there will be two options, where there used to be one. The new $40 Amazon Fire TV Stick is a 1080p model with support for HDR and […]

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Lilbits 6-18-2020: Maybe Chrome will be less of a memory hog

Google’s Chrome web browser is fast, versatile, and… a bit of a resource hog. But that could be about to change for Windows users. Microsoft announced that the Windows 10 May 2020 Update includes a change that could allow the Edge web browser to reduce memory consumption by as much as 27-percent. And the folks […]

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FireStarter is an Amazon Fire TV home screen replacement (for now)

Amazon’s Fire TV products make it easy to stream videos from Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and other sources to your TV. You can also install many third-party apps and games available from the Amazon Appstore. Want to install an app that’s not in Amazon’s store? No problem. The Fire TV and Fire TV Stick run Android, […]