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Amazon Fire Utility makes hacking Amazon’s 2017 tablets easier

Amazon’s 2017 tablet lineup includes a new and improved $50 Fire Tablet with a 7 inch screen, and an updated $80 Fire HD 8 tablet that has a higher-resolution display, more memory, and more storage than the 7 inch tablet. While hackers haven’t found a way to root either device or install custom ROMs yet, […]

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Now you can “fix” a bootlooping Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P

The Google Nexus 5X smartphone from 2015 features a mediocre processors, a pretty good camera, and all the perks that generally come with a Nexus device, including stock Android software and OS updates delivered directly from Google. Unfortunately, it also has a reputation for developing a “bootloop” problem, where the phone reboots and fails to […]

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Android hacks: Magisk updated and Xposed comes to Nougat (kind of)

Once upon a time if you wanted to totally change the look and feel of the Android software running on  your phone, your best bet was probably to install a custom ROM. Then along came the Xposed framework, which lets you make deep changes to Android by installing and customizing modules, making the process almost […]

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Amazon’s 7 inch Fire tablet (2017) isn’t easily rooted… but you can install the Google Play Store

The Amazon Fire Tablet has been one of the best bargains for the past few years for folks looking for an entry-level tablet with relatively decent build quality and specs. For a starting price of $50 you get a 7 inch IPS display, a quad-core processor, a microSD card slot, and front and rear cameras. […]

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Hack your Amazon Fire TV to make it run Android TV apps (among other things)

Amazon’s Fire TV devices may run a modified version of Google Android, but they don’t have Google’s Android TV user interface, access to the Google Play Store, or ability to stream videos from Google Play Movies. But it turns out you can add all of those features… plus support for USB TV tuners, the Android […]

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Google Pixel Launcher from Android O DP2 ported to run on Android 6.0 or later

Google Android O Developer Preview 2 (or beta 1) is now available for recent Nexus and Pixel devices, but it’s not just the operating system that’s getting an overhaul. Google is also working on light-weight versions of some of its core apps to run on the Android Go version of the operating system, which is […]

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Fun fact: Amazon’s Echo devices run Android-based OS

You probably know that Amazon’s Fire tablet run a modified version of Google Android called Fire OS. People have been hacking Amazon tablets for years to make them more… Android-like, by sideloading apps, installing the Play Store, or even replacing Fire OS with custom ROMs. But did you know that Amazon’s Echo line of smart […]

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Samsung Gear S3 hackers working on custom kernel, recovery, and maybe even Android Wear port

Samsung’s first smartwatch may have shipped with Google’s Android Wear software, but every smartwatch the company has released since then has been powered by the Linux-based Tizen operating system. But hackers have a history of creating custom ROMs for Samsung watches that let you do crazy things… like install Android Wear. Now xda-developers forum member […]

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You can jailbreak the NES Classic and add more games (but it’s not easy)

Nintendo’s NES Classic is a $60 device that looks just like the original Nintendo Entertainment System game console, only smaller. Unveiled last summer, the device went on sale a few months ago and it was an instant hit: it’s hard to find stores that still have the little game console in stock. But unlike the […]