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Amazon Fire tablet hacking resources (Fall 2019 edition)

As usual, Amazon is offering deep discounts on Fire tablets for the holiday shopping season. And as usual, some folks would like Amazon’s tablets better if they worked a bit more like other Android tablets. Amazon Fire tablets run a fork of Android called Fire OS. That means they have an Amazon-designed user interface and ship […]

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Playing with Fire: Hacking Amazon’s $50 Fire tablet

The Amazon Fire Tablet may not be one the best tablets money can buy, but more than a year after its launch, the $50 Amazon Fire is still one of the cheapest tablets that’s actually good enough to consider worth buying. But there is one big catch: while the tablet runs a customized version of Android, it’s […]

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Sony releases recovery mode firmware for (some) unlocked Xperia phones

Like most large companies that design Android smartphones, Sony customizes the software that ships on its Xperia line of phones with a custom user interface, a few special apps, and other changes that make the software on Sony phones look a little different from the software that runs on a Nexus phone. But for folks […]

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Google might make it harder to write to Android system partition, even with root

Google appears to be working on tightening security in future versions of Android by essentially blocking write access to the /system partition… even if you have a rooted phone. You’ll still be able to write to the partition by rebooting into a custom recovery, but it means that you might need to reboot your device […]

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Nexus 7 news: Wireless charging, faster than a Nexus 4, Root

Google’s new Nexus 7 tablet hit the streets this week. And almost immediately folks figured out how to install a custom recovery and root the tablet. Meanwhile, some folks tore apart the 2013 Nexus 7 tablet to see if it’s really what’s on the inside that counts, and they found a few surprises under the […]

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Titanium Backup lets you make a flashable ZIP with all of your apps

Titanium Backup has long been one of the most useful Android apps for users who root their devices and tinker with custom ROMs. It lets you backup all the apps and data on your device and restore from that backup — even after switching from a stock ROM to CyanogenMod, AOKP, or other custom firmware. […]

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Nabi 2 tablet for kids gets unofficial root, Google apps, custom recovery

The Nabi 2 is a $200 tablet aimed at kids. It has a rugged case and a custom user interface and app store designed to make Android simpler (and safer) to use for young children. But under the hood the Nabi 2 is a pretty powerful tablet. It has an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, […]

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TWRP 2.1 touch-based recovery available for nearly two dozen Android devices

TWRP is a utility that you can use to create a complete backup of an Android phone or tablet, install software updates, wipe cache, or make other system-level changes. It’s a custom recovery tool, much like the popular ClockworkMod Recovery. And like ClockworkMod, you’ll need a rooted phone or tablet with an unlocked bootloader to […]