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[Hold The Door] Kickstarter's Latest Android Changelog Contains Bug Fixes... And Hodor

Posted: 03 Jun 2016 03:17 PM PDT

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If you're a Game Of Thrones fan, you're likely well aware of the "hold the door" meme that has transfixed a good portion of the internet for last couple of weeks. Kickstarter, too, it seems, is engrossed with the series' doorstopper of a storyline, as their latest changelog takes "Bug fixes and performance improvements" to a whole new level.


WHAT'S NEW

Bug fixes and performance improvements
Buffet n perforation proves it
Buffon imp formation pit
But hello for din
Beholding
Hole din
Hodor

OK, you get one, guys.

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[Hold The Door] Kickstarter's Latest Android Changelog Contains Bug Fixes... And Hodor was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Instagram rolling out algorithmic feed globally to show the best posts to users

Posted: 03 Jun 2016 02:46 PM PDT

Back in March, Instagram announced that it would be making some changes to the way users sifted through their feed of photos and videos, and now those changes are starting to roll out globally.

The new Instagram feed is based on an algorithm working behind-the-scenes to pick the posts that it believes you'll want to see more than any others. This will mean that you'll start to see photos and videos that aren't in reverse chronological order, which been the norm for quite a while.

Instagram says that if you aren't already seeing the "new way of ordering posts in feed," you will very soon. This will make it easier for users to keep tabs on their best friends and family without missing anything, Instagram explains.

These are some more big changes in the way we look at our feeds following a major redesign of Instagram's UI and a colorful new logo.


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Sony’s latest official Marshmallow build for the Z5 brings back STAMINA mode

Posted: 03 Jun 2016 02:46 PM PDT

Sony's STAMINA mode was a battery saver mode that was quite effective and well liked by Sony device owners. Unfortunately, it was removed with the Marshmallow update, as it interfered with Google's new Doze mode battery saving feature. Sony promised to bring it back, and it finally has.

Sony's latest build of Marshmallow, currently 32.2.A.0.224, is rolling out to the Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Dual, and Xperia Z5 Compact. This build contains STAMINA mode, though it's more limited than the old version. We previously saw this feature in a test build, so we knew what  to expect.

Though it's more limited than its predecessor, it's still nice to have STAMINA mode back. If you have one of the previously mentioned devices, get to updating, as the new build also includes April's security patches!


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Flatland Is A New Nature Live Wallpaper That Goes Oddly Well With Material Design

Posted: 03 Jun 2016 02:25 PM PDT

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I'm not much of a live wallpaper guy these days, but Maxelus is one of the more popular LWP developers out there, and their newest creation Flatland really does it for me. Flatland has three nature themes: savannah, forest, and flamingos, with 15 preset color palettes that can be applied to each theme. You can also completely customize the colors to match things like your icon set, which is nice.

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The animations are simple enough not to be distracting, and as the name implies, the "flatness" of the worlds blends in quite well with Google's current material design language in Android.

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Flatland Is A New Nature Live Wallpaper That Goes Oddly Well With Material Design was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Huawei exec lets slip confirmation of new Nexus device this year

Posted: 03 Jun 2016 01:39 PM PDT

Huawei killed it with last year's Nexus 6P. The Huawei Nexus 6P was a big hit with fans of the Nexus series, offering great specs and a premium body for a fairly low price. And it seems we may see another this year.

There are rumors that HTC was chosen to make 2016′s Nexus device, or even multiple devices if the rumor holds true. HTC Nexus phones for three years sounds great, but Huawei confirmed that it will make a Nexus device this year. At the South African launch of the Huawei P9, Charlene Munilall, general manager for Huawei's Consumer Business Group in SA, explained why Nexus devices weren't popular in the region.

The Nexus product is a very niche product… the techies love it but there's a very small number of people that buy it. Hence Cellucity only brought 300… into the country… The operators generally don't take up the Nexus device. That said, the distributors, our open market, do bring in the device, that's how Cellucity got it… and that will still be the same this year. We're doing the Nexus again this year, by the way.

Of course, this may be a mistake, and so we'll have to wait for an official announcement. But this is hope, because if Huawei makes a new Nexus device as good as the 6P, we'll be happy.


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Bing Updated With Image Search And Barcode Scanner

Posted: 03 Jun 2016 01:17 PM PDT

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The app for that other search engine from a certain software company has been updated with some legitimately cool features. One is image search, which Google still doesn't have on mobile despite it being a desktop feature, while the other is QR code scanning, which Google Search on Android can't do, either (this despite the fact that Now On Tap can now scan images for text using the camera).


WHAT'S NEW
• Search by image: Snap a pic and find similar images online
• Touch query: Get new suggestions for image and video search by tapping the separate words
• Image insights: Get more information on the image you look
• Barcode scanner: Better shopping with results from more stores (including eBay, Best Buy, and more)

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Left: image search, right: barcode scanner.

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Bing Updated With Image Search And Barcode Scanner was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Nexus 6P receives $80 discount as some retailers throw in extra freebies

Posted: 03 Jun 2016 11:48 AM PDT

The Nexus 6P is inching closer towards its first birthday, but if there's anyone out there that hasn't picked one up yet and has been waiting for a discount, the time to act may be now.

Right now, Best Buy, B&H Photo Video, and Newegg are all offering an $80 discount on the Nexus 6P. For any potential buyers, that means you can buy the 32GB model for $419.99, the 64GB variant for $469.99, and the 128GB option for $569.99. Customers can choose the gold, graphite, and aluminum versions.

On top of that, B&H Photo Video is throwing in a two-pack of screen protectors, as well as a $50 gift card. Meanwhile, Newegg is offering up a $50 gift card, a selfie stick, and a clear protective case with the purchase of a Nexus 6P.

It's probably worth noting that if you prefer to buy your Nexus 6P from Google, the company is offering a $50 discount on the 6P until June 19 from the Google Store. (The discount is applied at checkout.)

So, who's jumping on that selfie stick offer?


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Dr.Fone Recovers Deleted Photos, Messages, And Contacts Along With Even More Android Data Recovery Features [Sponsored Post]

Posted: 03 Jun 2016 11:05 AM PDT

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There are a lot of great things about Android, but one drawback is that deleted data is very difficult to get back. Thanks to the openness of the OS and the hard work of Wondershare, though, there is an option for Android data recovery: Dr.Fone.

From the Android app, you can recover several types of data. First and foremost, you can recover deleted photos and videos. And when you know exactly what you're looking for, you can even specify which file types Dr.Fone should search for.

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Dr.Fone Recovers Deleted Photos, Messages, And Contacts Along With Even More Android Data Recovery Features [Sponsored Post] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Samsung Galaxy Note 6/7 leaked renders show a familiar design

Posted: 03 Jun 2016 10:46 AM PDT

Samsung already has its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge out there in the wild, so it's time to start looking ahead towards a new Galaxy Note phablet. Thankfully for us, the rumor mill is more than willing to provide plenty of content to sift through.

The latest batch comes from uSwitch and @OnLeaks, which have teamed up to bring renders of what the Galaxy Note 6 (or Galaxy Note 7!) could look like, reportedly based off of factory CAD schematics for the upcoming handset. What's immediately apparent, if the renders are accurate, is that the next Galaxy Note phablet will have a body that's quite a bit similar to the Galaxy Note 5.

Galaxy Note 7 schematics

To add to the mix, Shai Mizrachi has published alleged schematics for the Galaxy Note 6/7, which appear to confirm the aforementioned renders.

Earlier today another report indicated that Samsung has plans to announce its upcoming Galaxy Note 6/7 sometime in early August.

Are you ready to throw money at the Galaxy Note 6/7 yet?


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STAMINA Mode Finally Makes Its Way Back To The Xperia Z5

Posted: 03 Jun 2016 10:30 AM PDT

Sony Xperia Z5

The Xperia Z5 received its Android 6.0 Marshmallow update way back in March and since then the experience has been bittersweet for some. The reason? Sony removed one of its most well known software feature and battery saving technology called STAMINA mode and replaced it with Google's own solution known as Doze.

While the two technologies are similar, STAMINA mode was and still is a lot more customizable and makes it a selling point for the phone.

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However, Sony has just issued a new Android 6.0.1 update for the Xperia Z5 series which not only contains the April security patch but also the power button camera shortcut and finally STAMINA mode. Other changes include better RAM management, general performance improvements, and even double tap to sleep. The build number is 32.2.A.0.224.

[Xperia Blog]

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 unveiling rumored for early August

Posted: 03 Jun 2016 09:37 AM PDT

When Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 5 last year, it did so in mid-August. From the sounds of it, Samsung has plans to keep that trend going.

According to Evan Blass (@evleaks), the announcement of the "Galaxy Note 6/7″ is "almost exactly two months away." That doesn't necessarily give us an exact date to circle on our calendars or anything, but it does suggest that the manufacturer has aspirations of keeping the August reveal going strong.

This year's unveiling might break away from the norm, at least in one way. It's been previously rumored that Samsung is going to skip the Galaxy Note 6 name this year and instead opt for Galaxy Note 7 branding to better synchronize with the Galaxy S7/S7 edge that launched earlier this year.

Are you gearing up to buy the Galaxy Note 7 later this year?


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OnePlus is holding a blind pre-sale for the OnePlus 3

Posted: 03 Jun 2016 09:37 AM PDT

OnePlus is a company that has risen up and made a name for itself, largely through its unique and varied marketing tactics. It hasn't always been successful (once being forced to offer a formal apology) with its attempts, but the company hasn't stopped experimenting. With the launch of the OnePlus 3 drawing near, OnePlus is back again with another unique concept.

In China, OnePlus will offer a blind pre-sale for the OnePlus 3, allowing up to 1,000 people to purchase the smartphone without knowing anything about it, including the price. OnePlus has set the sample price at 2,999 Yuan ($455 USD), and when the official price is revealed, there will either be refunds issued to buyers or they'll be required to pay the price difference.

To reward these extreme early adopters, OnePlus is offering participants a free six-month display warranty and a gift certificate worth 249 Yuan ($48 USD). Will that be enough to entice customers? That remains to be seen, but unsatisfied customers are free to cancel their orders and receive a full refund.

OnePlus will open the sale through its Chinese website on June 6 at 10 AM in China. The company will officially launch the OnePlus 3 on June 15, at 10 AM in China, with shipments going out that day.

We still know very little about the OnePlus 3, but rumors have pointed to an aluminum design, Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 16-megapixel camera.

What are your thoughts on OnePlus's latest marketing move?


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Chrome 51 Supports New Anti-Jank And Power-Saving Tweaks, Removes Merged Tabs

Posted: 03 Jun 2016 08:42 AM PDT

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After hitting the beta channel back in April, Chrome version 51 has just been pushed to Stable with a new API that allows sites to interact with the browser's credential manager and some under-the-hood changes that should improve the scrolling experience and power consumption on both mobile and desktop. It also entirely removes the option to have Chrome tabs show up in the recent apps view on Android, which was introduced in Lollipop.

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Chrome 51 Supports New Anti-Jank And Power-Saving Tweaks, Removes Merged Tabs was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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ESPN's Big Jump To 5.0 Brings Cricket Scores, Favorites Tab, And Region And Language Customization

Posted: 03 Jun 2016 07:29 AM PDT

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There is no shortage of choice when you start thinking about following your favorite sports and teams on your phone. Google already has a pretty sweet set of cards in Google Now for a couple of sports, but there's also a lot of benefit in having a dedicated app that has specialized news and commentary, live scores, analysis, and more. ESPN is one of the most popular apps in that category — after all, that's the network's expertise and it's transmitted through the app.

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ESPN's Big Jump To 5.0 Brings Cricket Scores, Favorites Tab, And Region And Language Customization was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Top 10 Android app updates this week: ESPN, Palabre

Posted: 03 Jun 2016 06:41 AM PDT

Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most frequently upgraded apps for the week. We've found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to find the ones that are actually being updated by the developers rather than selecting the apps with the most installs. As in the past, we're going to filter out minor updates for the super-popular apps that have over 10 million installs, but we'll make exceptions for apps that have had significant updates. We hope you enjoy this weekly feature and that you discover some apps that end up being useful.

Microsoft Word - Version 16.0.6925

Microsoft Word

What's new in this version:

  • You're the expert with Tell Me: Save time and focus on your work by finding the right command when you need it
  • Merge and split cells: Merge cells to make a heading span across columns, or split cells to show the right level of detail

 

MyFitnessPal - Version 5.11.3

MyFitnessPal

What's new in this version:

  • You can now search for both chain restaurants and foods in the new and improved Restaurant Logging search bar!
  • We've also made bug fixes, performance updates, and improved reliability.

 

Palabre - Version 3.0.0

Palabre

What's new in this version:

  • Custom colors (premium)
  • Text to Speech
  • Mute and notify keywords
  • History
  • Widget settings
  • Roboto font option for the articles

 

Google Photos – Version 1.2.1

Google Photos

What's new in this version:

  • Comment on photos in shared albums
  • Add your photos to a received shared album in one tap with smart suggestions
  • Device folder performance improvements

 

Microsoft Powerpoint - Version 16.0.6925

Microsoft PowerPoint

What's new in this version:

  • You're the expert with Tell Me: Save time and focus on your work by finding the right command when you need it.

 

Sync for Reddit - Version 11.0.0

Sync for Reddit

What's new in this version:

  • Material animations & transitions
  • Automatic subreddit theming
  • Automatic comment caching
  • Inline link previews, no more risky clicks!

 

WordPress - Version 5.4.0

WordPress

What's new in this version:

  • Your wish is our command: now, you can update your Gravatar from the app by tapping your profile picture on the Me screen. Select an image from your library, or take a new photo.
  • Logged into WordPress on your computer in the Chrome browser? Google's Smart Lock for Passwords now pre-fills your username and password in the app.

 

ESPN - Version 5.0.0

ESPN

What's new in this version:

  • New Scoreboards! Runners on base for baseball and watch buttons to get the live video stream going
  • Got favorite leagues? The Favorites tab shows you the top news from around every league you love
  • Customize the ESPN app with region and language options including US, Deportes, and SonyESPN India Editions

 

Periscope - Version 1.5.0

Periscope

What's new in this version:

  • Introducing comment moderation. Here's how it works:
    1) During a broadcast, comments can be reported by viewers or flagged automatically.
    2) A few people are randomly selected to vote on whether the comment is spam or abuse.
    3) If majority of voters decide the comment is spam or abuse, the person who sent the comment will be temporarily unable to chat.

 

Microsoft Excel - Version 16.0.6925

Excel

What's new in this version:

  • Better Autocomplete: Just start typing, and Excel will do a better job of finishing the text for you
  • Group and Outlines: Get to the right level of detail. Now you can expand or collapse grouped rows and columns
  • You're the expert with Tell Me: Save time and focus on your work by finding the right command when you need it

 


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Chainfire's FlashFire No Longer Limited To Beta Testers, Now Available To All On The Play Store

Posted: 03 Jun 2016 05:27 AM PDT

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Chainfire's FlashFire is a very handy tool for anyone who likes to flash their phone. Provided the device is rooted, it enables the flashing of OTA files, ZIPs, and full firmware packages, all without needing a custom recovery. Previously, the app had been available in Google Play's beta program, but as of version 0.50, it is now open to all.


WHAT'S NEW
  • Fix compatibility with N Preview 3 (in used libraries)
  • Added 'Restore from ADB' option to 'No backups found' dialog
  • NP3: Work around ART crash
  • NPx: Work around 'adb restore' bug by using 'adb push' instead
  • 4.2: Fix StatFs crash
  • ADB: Authorize all connections
  • ADB: Fix restoring not doing anything on some devices
  • Force 'clear cache' option to show UI
  • Include filesize in cache validation
  • (Temporarily?) Switched back to single-threaded lz4 implementation due to the multi-threaded version occasionally segfaulting
  • Add choice for visiting either FlashFire's website or the XDA thread when tapping the top card

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Chainfire notes in his Google+ post announcing FlashFire's general availability that this does not mean the app itself is out of beta.

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Chainfire's FlashFire No Longer Limited To Beta Testers, Now Available To All On The Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google Maps v9.27 Beta Adds More Notification Settings, A Mini-Splash Screen, And Possibly A Friendly Greeting [APK Teardown + Download]

Posted: 02 Jun 2016 07:09 PM PDT

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Google Maps is now accepting beta testers through the Play Store, and it's probably no coincidence that there's already an update to v9.27 to go along with the news. The latest version doesn't appear to have any mind-blowing features, but it's not without a few changes to be found on the screen and buried in the apk. There are new notification settings, a new splash screen for Android Wear, and a few hints from a teardown.

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Google Maps v9.27 Beta Adds More Notification Settings, A Mini-Splash Screen, And Possibly A Friendly Greeting [APK Teardown + Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Galaxy Note 7 To Launch In Early August

Posted: 02 Jun 2016 05:03 PM PDT

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The Galaxy Note 7 rumours are getting a lot more frequent now that we're getting closer and closer towards the launch.



Speaking of the launch however, it looks like Evan Blass has insider knowledge of the date when the Galaxy Note 7 will launch and it will apparently be held in the beginning of August. But here's something even more interesting.



Previously we wrote about how Samsung might launch an Edge variant of the Galaxy Note 7 this year but Evan later said to expect only one device. Does this mean the Galaxy Note 7 will only come in an Edge version or has the Edge version been killed off entirely?

Stay tuned as we'll keep you informed on any future developments.

[Twitter]

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Two Years Later, Google Play Support Docs Acknowledge 48-Hour Refund Window

Posted: 02 Jun 2016 04:39 PM PDT

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Around two years ago, we published an article claiming that despite the claimed existence of a single, 15-minute app refund windows (now 2 hours), Google Play actually had multiple refund windows available to customers that were automated up to around 48 hours after the purchase of an app. Specifically, from a period of 15 minutes (again, now 2 hours) to up to 48 hours after an app or game was purchased, simply submitting a refund request would generally result in a refund being issued automatically, without regard to reason.

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Two Years Later, Google Play Support Docs Acknowledge 48-Hour Refund Window was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Samsung Gear Fit2, Gear IconX now official

Posted: 02 Jun 2016 03:51 PM PDT

Over the last several weeks, Samsung's Gear Fit2 and the Gear IconX have been seeing a steady stream of leaks. That'll all come to an end now, though, as Samsung has just made both devices officially official.

The original Gear Fit launched in 2014, and Samsung has taken its time releasing its successor. The Gear Fit2 features design tweaks, including slimmer bezels and a wider screen (at a 216×432 resolution). Samsung has positioned the Gear Fit2 as a GPS-enabled sports band, not a smartwatch, which can also track your sleep and activity.

The Gear Fit2 features notification mirroring, and owners will be able to arrange fitness cards in a deck, which is similar to the way the software is handled on Samsung's Gear S2 smartwatch. Those who wear the Gear Fit2 will get real-time feedback on their workouts, and be able to see achievements as well.

The Gear Fit2 also boasts Spotify integration. There's a dedicated app pre-installed on the wearable, with curated playlists from athletes ready to go.

The Gear Fit2 launches in the United States on Friday, June 10. It'll cost $179.

Samsung Gear IconX official

Next up: The Gear IconX, Samsung's truly wireless earbuds. There are no wires connecting the two individual earbuds, and as is traditionally the case with wireless headphones, they don't physically connect with a wire to your phone, either. The Gear IconX will also track your speed, distance, and heart rate data. All of that data will sync back to Samsung's S Health platform.

There are controls that can be tapped on the earbuds that will play or pause music, and there are built-in speakers for answering calls. The Gear IconX boasts 4GB of built-in storage, too.

Samsung has included a special carrying case which will charge the Gear IconX. Battery life on the IconX is pretty short-lived, at 3.6 hours when connected to a phone or 1.5 hours when playing music from the built-in storage. (But, they're a first-gen product, so perhaps not all that surprising.)

The Gear IconX will launch sometime in the third quarter of this year and it will retail for $199.

Both devices will work with Android devices running version 4.4 or newer and with 1.5GB of RAM or more.


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Amazon launches ‘Silver Aluminum’ Fire HD 10 and 64GB option

Posted: 02 Jun 2016 03:51 PM PDT

Last year Amazon introduced a few new Fire HD tablets, including a 10-inch model. Now, several months later, the company is back with another variant to address a couple complaints.

Amazon has officially launched a brand new "Silver Aluminum" Fire HD 10, which addresses the complaints that the initial tablet was "too plasticky." Other than the change to metal, the Silver Aluminum Fire HD 10 features a 1280×800 10-inch display, with a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, and 1GB of RAM. The tablet also features support for microSD cards that can expand the storage up to 128GB.

There is one other addition: a 64GB model. Previously, the Fire HD 10 only went up to 32GB, so if anyone was looking for a bit of extra built-in storage, it's finally available. What's more, Amazon priced the metal version of the tablet the same as the plastic models, so that means you can get the 16GB Silver Aluminum for $229.99, the 32GB model for $259.99, and the 64GB variant for $289.99.

Would you consider picking up a metal Fire HD 10?


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