We've clearly got a little bias on the subject, but Android has a long and storied history filled with its own triumphs and pitfalls. It's been well over a decade now since that first HTC G1 landed, the inaugural Android smartphone, and things have changed drastically since then. Being "first" might make you think the G1 was the most influential Android phone — but was it, really?
Kids like their tablets, mainly because they can use them to play games, learn, and watch content. Unfortunately, they also tend to be clumsy with these devices, which is why Amazon built a special offering for children: The Fire Kids Edition. The seven-inch tablet usually sells for $100, but it's now dropped to just $60.
Prime Day might not compete with Black Friday in terms of the sheer volume of sales, but there are some serious discounts to be had, especially when it comes to things like Chromebooks or tablets. There's even a few decent deals on gaming laptops if you're in the market. For your convenience, we've put together all the best deals we've spotted when it comes to the subject.
We didn't have a deals list for you on Monday (it was a slow weekend), but we're back at it with some real heavy hitters this afternoon. Today you'll find discounts on all kinds of cool stuff, including the HP's well-equipped Chromebook x360, Chromecast, and Amazon Echo Input.
If you're looking for a kid-friendly tablet for your youngsters, Amazon's Kindle Fire Kids Edition devices are amongst the best offering on the market. Their rugged-case, kid-specific content, easy-to-use parental controls, and guarantee against damages make them perfectly suitable for children. The company has just marked their prices down to the lowest they've ever been, with $40 off the 7" and 8" models, and a $50 rebate on the 10" version.
Just a few days after Google's "Dump your valentine" discount, Amazon has come up with its own deals, in time for February 14. These offers are more relevant, though, and are worth considering if you're short of gift ideas. Most of the giant's connected home devices are on sale, including Echo speakers and smart displays, Fire TVs, cameras, and even Kindles.
Every deal season, one thing you can depend on is that Amazon will place its first-party Kindle, Echo, and Fire hardware on discount. It's such a regular part of Amazon's sales that we often overlook it as expected, familiar, and therefore uninteresting. But if you're in the market for an Alexa-powered smart speaker, cord-cutting Fire TV recast DVR, or an Amazon Prime-compatible streaming device, now is the time to pick one up.
You might have heard that Amazon disabled the option for software encryption in the latest version of its Android-based Fire OS for the Kindle Fire series of tablets. (This isn't new - Fire OS 5 has been rolling out to various tablets since last year.) And if you read news that isn't Android Police, you probably also know that it's not the biggest story involving encryption right now. After consumer backlash following the Apple-FBI encryption case, Engadget reports that Amazon says it will return software encryption in the next major update.
Customers might have had something to say about the loss of encryption capabilities even without the highly public spat between Apple and the FBI over the San Bernardino iPhone case.
We interrupt your morning (it's morning here in Seattle at least) to bring you an important public service announcement. If you live in the UK or Ireland and own one of Amazon's affordable 7in tablets, then you need to request a new charger. Amazon has noted that a small quantity of the chargers bundled with these devices have had their housing detach when being removed from the wall, creating a risk of electric shock (no, they are not a fire hazard).
The recall applies to all Fire 7 and Fire 7 Kid's Edition tablets sold in the UK and Ireland since September 2015.
Amazon is slashing the price on its top-of-the-line Kindle Fire tablet right before Christmas, coincidentally on the last day you can order one with two-day shipping before the big day. All of the various Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 models are 30% off today. There are technically twelve different buying options for the HDX: 32GB or 64GB, Wi-Fi or GSM LTE or Verizon LTE, and with or without advertising on the screensaver. The cheapest model, 32GB Wi-Fi with Special Offers, is $299 ($130 off).
Here's a quick breakdown of the retail and sale prices of the various configurations of the HDX being offered today:
32GB Wi-Fi, with Special Offers - retail price $429, sale price $299
32GB Wi-Fi, without Special Offers - retail price $444, sale price $309
64GB Wi-Fi, with Special Offers - retail price $479, sale price $334
64GB Wi-Fi, without Special Offers - retail price $494, sale price $344
32GB GSM-LTE, with Special Offers - retail price $529, sale price $369
32GB GSM-LTE, without Special Offers - retail price $544, sale price $379
32GB Verizon-LTE, with Special Offers - retail price $529, sale price $369
32GB Verizon-LTE, without Special Offers - retail price $544, sale price $379
64GB GSM-LTE, with Special Offers - retail price $579, sale price $404
64GB GSM-LTE, without Special Offers - retail price $594, sale price $414
64GB Verizon-LTE, with Special Offers - retail price $579, sale price $404
64GB Verizon-LTE, without Special Offers - retail price $594, sale price $414
As with all of Amazon's Gold Box Deals, these prices are good for one day only.