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Install A Better Custom ROM On The Amazon Kindle Fire

As some of you may know, I travel a lot. I am always on a plane without internet and not much to do. Up until now I’ve been using my iPad for watching the few movies I purchased from Google Play because Google Play lets you watch offline. The problem with this is my iPad doesn’t have a lot of storage space and can’t keep me entertained on a six or more hour flight. I heard Amazon Prime members can download movies for free and I saw that Amazon Kindle Fire tablets were only $40.00 with an expandable SD card slot.

I purchased one of these $40.00 tablets and a large micro SD card with the intention of downloading a bunch of movies as part of my Prime subscription. The problem is that my Prime subscription was part of a household account, which has fine print that says I can only stream, not download. This rendered the Kindle Fire tablet rather useless to me.

This lead me down the path of wanting to root the tablet and install a custom ROM to it. These are the things I did to turn my $40.00 disappointing Kindle Fire tablet into something comparable to the $200.00 tablets in circulation.

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Update A Nexus Device To Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Last year when Android 5.0 Lollipop came out I didn’t want to wait for an over-the-air (OTA) update so I flashed my Nexus device manually. I wrote about this experience in a previous post. This time I upgraded my Android operating system to the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow release.

We’re going to see how to upgrade a Google Nexus device to use a vanilla version of the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system.

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Manually Update Your Nexus Device To Android 5.0 Lollipop

So Google’s big Android 5.0 release is finally here after a week of delays. Android 5.0 Lollipop is now officially rolling out to the Nexus line devices. However, the roll-out is in batches so it could be as long as three weeks before you get your over-the-air (OTA) update.

If you’re impatient like I am, you’re going to want to manually install the update rather than wait for it to show up in a device update.

The following will get a factory Android 5.0 Lollipop image installed on your Nexus device in minutes.

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