Its incredible how customer oriented amazon is as they just go above and beyond to keep you happy. they let you unsubscribe your discounted tablet for free if you give them a call. they have created a super inexpensive yet functional tablet that you basically wont regret to discard in a year or two. I got my fire HD 8 this prime day for $ 49.99 with special offers. Honestly those special offers (they are not ads - sort of) are not at all unpleasant. A traditional advertisement would be something that would be irritating which would delay what you were doing say listening to radio or watching a show etc. These special offers are just there on your lock screen just like any other wallpaper and don't cause any delay in you unlocking your tablet. Infact sometimes some of these offers that are basically lightning deals are something i may be interested in and a good deal given i shop so much on amazon. So i'm sticking with the lock screen offers for now.
Yes the fire OS is limiting but hey its so easy to install apps that are not on the amazon app store. i extracted the apk from my android phone and transferred it to my fire hd and installed it without even rooting it. All in all i'm very happy with this purchase and have nothing to complain.
Hi, I'm working with a Fire 7 (7th gen) and this is the closest device forum I could find. Which kernels are you referring to? I'm fairly certain mine is running austin which other kernels are run on these tablets (I think ford may be another). Also how flexible is the kernel layer on these devices i.e. can ROMs for one kernel generally run on another? (im not quite sure I get ROMs yet)
The kernels on all the Fire tablets except the new HD 10 are fairly the same, but, I'm almost sure ROMs for one tablet wouldn't work on other tablets (different chipsets and platforms), but it will be relatively easy to port I think. The HD 10 is an exception, it has a whole new architecture, which is not so good. (Unfixably vulnerable to DirtyC0W.)
Unfixable is what you get when you release anbunpatched kernel. I don't get why Amazon did it though. Perhaps it was a test. Point is, the security patch is well beyond the dirty cow fix. Is Amazon lying about security patches? As for a custom ROM, the official 5.1.1 CM ROM I have may work with little modifications.
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The thing is, I never mentioned about paying to get rid of the ads when I placed a call & talked with an Amazon rep. On another related forum thread I've read here at xda, a guy tried to bargain with a rep why he should not pay to remove those ads mainly because he's a loyal customer or something... blah, blah, blah... I just told the rep straight to the point that I got a problem with my Amazon Fire tab - can't get rid of those Amazon ads. After checking my Amazon account, she then asked me where I bought my tablet (Target) then started the ads removal process. Before the conversation ended, the rep did explained to me that my opting out doesn't mean I won't be getting anymore ads from Amazon. It's just that it won't happen everyday but once every few months which is totally fine with me.
I agree with hhiru. Amazon's tablets suck. They run a dirty business with these fire os tablets. Windows 98 works better than those things.It clearly says on their page "With Special Offers" and "Without Special Offers" and just below the tablet color selection it says what special offers means and you can click to learn more. I'm not saying buying a tablet with ads is great. But you clearly had a choice to spend more to remove that. You can complain all you want, but it was ultimately a choice you made to buy the cheaper version with those ads. Not saying the OS is good and not standing behind Amazon at all. In fact, when I'm able to root mine, I'm putting a new ROM on it to make it more like Google, which I'm assuming you want to do as well.
If it weren't for these tablets, I wouldn't have been able to teach myself half of what I know about them and other devices. These tablets are far from junk. The saying goes, you get what you pay for and in this case, Amazon doesn't try to lie and sell you something that's not advertised. The HD 8 may be the only device I own, I can't root, but I'm ok with that. What I'm able to do with it is almost as good.
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don't push the fault on me. this bloatOS is not advertised as cheaper version anywhere on the Kindle Fire HD 8 purchase page. they advertise it as "easy to use" and "always updated with latest offers" and this is no way explicative of what I'm going to purchase. a bad OS is just a bad OS and as a customer I have the rights to move criticism
PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> adb devices List of devices attached * daemon not running. starting it now on port 5037 * * daemon started successfully * G090XXXXXXXXXXXX device PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> adb shell [email protected]:/ $ pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.amazon.kindle.kso Success [email protected]:/ $ exit PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> adb kill-server