Fire Phone

Cyanogenmod’s CM11 now ported for the Amazon Fire Phone

I’ve heard lots of people talk about the Amazon Fire Phone as a “pretty good phone if you consider the hardware”. And that it is – you can’t look at the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, HD display, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 (front and back) and say the hardware sucks – it most definitely does not. But everybody, and I mean everybody, will reach that point where Amazon’s proprietary Fire OS will trip them up. It’s simply that much far behind the stock Android experience that it renders itself pretty much as a bad experience. To counter that, the guys at XDA have ported CM11 for the Fire Phone.

Amazon’s Fire Phone gets an update, KitKat features included

It’s been a while since we’ve heard about Amazon’s Fire Phone – the online company’s cheaper and proprietary take on an Android phone. We know that the Fire Phone launched with a Fire OS version that was based on Android 4.2. Now we’re getting a belated update to Fire OS 4.6.1, and with it comes a slew of KitKat features, giving us the implied picture that this is indeed the Android Kitkat update for the Fire Phone.

Bootloader unlock for Kindle Fire HDX tablet now available

The Kindle Fire HDX Tablet is just one of those tablets, you know – the ones that you love so much for the robust specs but hate so much because of the software embedded in it. In this case it is Amazon’s proprietary Fire OS. Nothing against the concept of tweaked Android stuff, because we love that. It’s just the locked bootloader on the tablet – which means you can’t easily change software – that tick us off.

Install Google Play on your Amazon Fire Phone

The Amazon Fire Phone is a neat little device, with its robust specs and proprietary but efficient Fire OS. The “proprietary” part – which means the device is locked to Amazon’s App ecosystem – also means that the phone does not have full access to the Google Play Store, until now, that is.

Amazon Fire phone software update identifies artwork with Firefly

Amazon has announced a new software update for its not so popular Fire smartphone. The latest software update brings AT&T branded version to Fire OS 3.6.5 and the unlocked GSM version to Fire OS 3.6.8. While the OS versions are different for the two device models the updates bring the same exact features to the smartphones.

Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath arrives on Amazon Appstore [UPDATE]

The Oddworld franchise is a gamer’s treasure chest, and sadly, only people who have played the games can attest to that statement. Oddworld has never been a game that sold lots and lots of copies, but when it comes to uniqueness, the game truly delivers -- each game is different from the one before it, and each new game brings innovation to setting, story, aesthetics, and gameplay.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday: here’s what’s going down

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and so are two of the biggest shopping days of the year. Black Friday and Cyber Monday will be overflowing with sales, discounts, and promos that will try to relieve you of the holiday tension. But what to get and where to get it? If you haven't made up your mind what to buy this holiday yet, here are some of the options available to you. Welcome to Android Community's mini shopping guide.

Holiday price shavings: Moto X 2nd Gen, Amazon Fire Phone [UPDATE]

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are fast approaching, and so are the crazy sales, discounts, and promos. In the spirit of the holiday, Motorola and Amazon have both done a little trimming of their flagship smartphones. But while Motorola is only doing a seasonal pass at the new Moto X, Amazon has seemingly gone all out and dropped the price of the Fire Phone by a considerable amount, hopefully for good.

Amazon owns up to Fire Phone failure, blames pricing

They say it takes guts to admit to one's mistakes, and Amazon is certainly showing it has some. David Limp, the company's Senior Vice President for Devices has publicly admitted that the company fumbled and bumbled on its first Fire Phone, but it is putting the blame squarely on price tags only. And even with that minor, if you could call $170 million "minor", miscalculation, the company isn't ready to throw in the towel and will continue to iterate over the smartphoe until it gets it just right.
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