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The ultimate guide for installing the Google Play Store on Amazon Fire tablets

The ultimate guide for installing the Google Play Store on Amazon Fire tablets

Amazon's Fire tablets are incredibly popular, mostly because they're incredibly cheap. However, none of them come with access to the Google Play Store, which is how most Android devices download and install applications. Instead, Fire tablets come bundled with the Amazon Appstore, which has a much smaller library and lacks any Google-made apps and services. No YouTube, no Chrome, and so on.

The good news is that it's not incredibly difficult to install the Play Store on a Fire tablet, and the whole process can take as little time as 10 minutes. This complete guide for installing the Play Store on Fire tablets has detailed instructions for every model produced since 2014, with added troubleshooting steps if you run into issues.

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The 30 best Android games of 2020 for your new phone, tablet, or Chromebook

The 30 best Android games of 2020 for your new phone, tablet, or Chromebook

Christmas is here, so it's time to check out all of the fantastic mobile games released on the Play Store this year. Unlike similar lists across the web, you won't find two-year-old titles like Among Us in today's roundup. This is strictly a list of 2020 releases, and everything has been hand-picked by yours truly. The selection includes 29 games, a WTF listing, and a handful of honorable mentions, because there were simply too many incredible games released this year. While I know mobile often gets the short end of the stick when it comes to quality releases, I've gone out of my way to uncover the best ports as well as many engaging mobile-specific titles for a solid mix of options that should hopefully please everyone.

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OnePlus Buds Z get a playful new paint job courtesy of Steven Harrington

OnePlus Buds Z get a playful new paint job courtesy of Steven Harrington

OnePlus introduced its first truly wireless earbuds earlier this year in the form of the OnePlus Buds, and the OnePlus Buds Z followed a few months later. It hasn't been long since OnePlus released the Buds Z, but now the company is back with a stylish special edition that sets it apart from any other model on the market.

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Hot Air Balloon offline mini-game Easter egg for the Google Play Store spotted in the wild

Hot Air Balloon offline mini-game Easter egg for the Google Play Store spotted in the wild

Earlier in the year, noted feature-finder Jane Wong and Alessandro Paluzzi both dug up a hot air balloon Easter egg mini-game in-development for the Google Play Store app. Like the ubiquitous Chrome dino minigame, this was set to appear when you have internet connection difficulties while using the Play Store. And based on recent reports, it's starting to roll out a little more widely.

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All the free games included with Stadia Pro

All the free games included with Stadia Pro

Stadia's $10-a-month premium subscription, Stadia Pro, includes access to an ever-expanding catalog of games at no additional cost. The selection of redeemable games varies — Google adds a few each month, and sometimes removes some. Here, for your convenience, we've compiled a handy list of all the games you can claim right now.

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Google embraces Nickelback to promote Photos, and you'll either love or hate it

Google embraces Nickelback to promote Photos, and you'll either love or hate it

We can't quite tell if Google is trying to embrace the now-classic meme or not, but the company just published a new video to YouTube, promoting Google Photos to the slightly tweaked tunes of popularly-hated corporate rock darling Nickelback's "Photograph." It's a little cringey, and I legitimately hate the song, but even I have to admit that comparing Chad Kroeger's hair to instant ramen while pointing out Google Photos' rare image misclassifications is a little funny.

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15 holiday-themed apps, games, live wallpapers, and watch faces for Christmas 2020

15 holiday-themed apps, games, live wallpapers, and watch faces for Christmas 2020

Thanks to the limited filters on the Play Store, it can be challenging to find quality Christmas-themed apps, and since Christmas is right around the corner, I figured I'd go ahead and collect a few of the better apps, games, live wallpapers, and watch faces currently available on the Google Play Store. I have 15 listings in total with have been hand-picked by yours truly. So if you are looking for some fantastic Android-specific apps that sport a Christmas theme, you've clicked on the correct roundup.

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Microsoft Surface Pro X (2020) Review: ARM laptops are the future

Microsoft Surface Pro X (2020) Review: ARM laptops are the future

From the new Apple M1 powered Macs to the Microsoft Surface Pro X I've been using, ARM-based computers are the new craze in mobile computing. The Surface Pro X was Microsoft's second big consumer push to get into the ARM platform and it really nails the essentials. Microsoft provides a fast and stable Windows on ARM experience, which is impressive despite the underpowered hardware on Microsoft’s latest SQ2-based machine. At the same time, some important features are missing while we wait for proper 64-bit emulation to arrive. That makes the price harder to swallow, but I've still really liked using the Surface Pro X.

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ZTE Axon 20 5G with world's first under-display camera now on sale

ZTE Axon 20 5G with world's first under-display camera now on sale

The world's first commercially available smartphone with an under-display camera is now on sale. The ZTE Axon 20 5G, announced back in September, costs €449/£419/$449 and comes in black. Aside from the fancy camera/display tech, the phone's specs put it in the upper mid-range segment — it's powered by a Snapdragon 765G chip and offers 30W fast charging.

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27 new Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (12/14/20 - 12/20/20)

27 new Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (12/14/20 - 12/20/20)

Welcome to the roundup of the new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today's list is broken up into several segments, ranging from best, average, to mediocre. So whether you're looking for the best games of quality or are simply looking for the latest free-to-play gacha titles, you're covered. This week I have the sequel to Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, a 3D remaster of a competent rhythm game, and a mediocre MOBA with a Marvel skin. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the week of December 14th, 2020.

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