Fire Tablets, Echos, and Kindles get the same software update guarantee as Fire TV — 4 years for all

As I discovered earlier this week, Amazon is now officially guaranteeing 4 years of software security updates for all Fire TV models from the last date the devices were sold on Amazon. It turns out that this new policy isn’t limited to Fire TVs, as it also includes all Echos, Echos Shows, Fire Tablets, and Kindle devices. All of these devices will receive the same guaranteed 4 years of software security updates. Read more ›

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Amazon Fire Tablets gain new Smart Home Dashboard

Amazon has added a new Smart Home Dashboard to a few of their newer Fire 7, Fire HD 8, and Fire HD 10 tablets. Similar to the smart home dashboard available on Echo Show devices and the dashboard available on Fire TVs, this tablet dashboard gives you quick access to control smart lights, plugs, thermostats, cameras, and more. Read more ›

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New home screen coming to Amazon Fire Tablets for Kids ages 8 and up

Along with today’s announcement of the rebranding of Amazon FreeTime into Amazon Kids, Amazon has revealed that a new home screen option will be coming to Fire tablets. The new home screen will be an alternative to the current kid-friendly FreeTime experience available for child profiles. The new interface is meant to be closer to a more traditional tablet for children ages 8 and up. Read more ›

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Amazon Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 tablets are now available in Canada

Amazon has announced that they are now selling two of their tablet models in Canada. The Fire 7 is available for CDN$59.99 (~$47 USD) with 8 GB of internal storage and CDN$79.99 (~$62 USD) with 16 GB of storage. The Fire HD 8 is listed for CDN$99.99 (~$78 USD) for the 16 GB model and CDN$129.99 (~$101 USD) for the one with 32 GB of storage. Both tablets appear to not include lock screen ads, like their US equivalents do unless you pay $15 extra. The Fire HD 10 and the Fire Kids Edition tablets are not yet available in Canada.

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Alexa on the new Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet will support Echo Spacial Perception (ESP)

The all-new Fire HD 10 tablet that was announced this morning is Amazon’s first tablet to feature hands-free Alexa capabilities. That means you’ll be able to belt out your Alexa commands without needing to first press and hold the home button, like you have to do with Amazon’s other tablets. For those of you with Amazon Echos and other Alexa devices in your home, you’ll be relieved to hear that the Fire HD 10 does come with Amazon’s Echo Spacial Perception (ESP). Read more ›

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