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Amazon Launches Updated Fire HD 8 Tablet Now With Alexa Voice Services ( 61

MojoKid writes from a report via HotHardware: For the first time, Amazon's Alexa voice service is headed to a tablet. It's one of the standout features of Amazon's new Fire HD 8, a budget slate built to offer users all-day battery life, faster performance, and double the onboard storage of previous versions Fire HD tablets -- all for a low $90 price tag. The Fire HD 8 tablet's 8-inch HD (1280x800) IPS display is driven by a quad-core 1.3GHz processor and 1.5GB of RAM, and a capacious 4,750 mAh battery that is claimed to deliver up to 12 hours of mixed-use battery life. In addition, Alexa voice services works on the Fire HD 8 just as it does on other supported products, only here the voice assistant is conjured up by long pressing the home button. You can then task Alexa with reading the news, giving weather reports, playing songs, and so forth. The new Fire HD 8 32GB model is available to pre-order now for $90 with special offers (ads) or $105 without.
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Amazon Launches Updated Fire HD 8 Tablet Now With Alexa Voice Services

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  • I'm actually impressed that's all they want. I feel like previously Amazon hardware has wanted more like $25-40 to avoid "special offers".

    • It depends on the model of Kindle in question. On some it's $30, some it's $20 and on this one it's $15. As far as I know, none have ever cost more than $30 to remove ads.

  • Might be a decent product if Amazon didn't load it up with shit.

    • That's true about way too many products nowadays.

      Another gripe about the Fire HD is that it's Amazon's version of Android and they don't update it very often.
    • by unrtst ( 777550 )

      Agreed. I'm a bit pissed at everyone that's commented here and there that their Fire tablet is on par with other tablets. Hardware might be decent enough, especially for the price, but not the software.

      I picked up a couple during a recent sale. I think it was $40 for an 8gb, and $50 for a 16gb, or around those amounts. Gave one to the mother-in-law as a replacement/upgrade for her ancient Nook tablet. Instant let down though:
      * no play store, means
      * no google maps app
      * no google hangouts app
      * no gmail app
      * n

  • by Anonymous Coward

    If this tablet was running free software, any user could simply remove the "special offers" (aka adware rubbish). Not to mention you wouldn't have to worry about endless tracking and spying because you could inspect the code, and even modify and recompile it yourself to suit your needs. So any attempts at snooping would be stopped short and/or only applied to users who consent for any reason.

    Just another horror story from the Proprietaryland.

    • Sounds great. Why don't you list the plethora of free software based tablets that are comparable to the Kindle's specs and price so that everyone can buy those instead.

      Oh, right. There aren't any that come remotely close. I wonder if that could have anything to do with companies producing hardware having to actually make a profit?

      • by Anonymous Coward

        So snooping on users and ubiquitous spyware and customer-hostile tactics should be defended because they "have to make a profit"? Were you dropped on your head right after being born?

  • How long will the device get updates?

  • I've noticed that with 1GB [modern] Android is a turd, but with 2GB it's pretty smooth. Is 1.5GB really enough, or should one hold out for 2GB?

  • I have an HDX 8.9. I actually love it for the combination of form factor and performance. It's lacking an SD slot and mine has been heavily modified from its stock software load, but more importantly to me, NO ONE has replacement parts for it, and it's old enough that the battery has deteriorated from a new model. I loved it to death, apparently.

    The thing is held together with glue and as I understand it, HDX 8.9s are nightmarish to work on, so I'm just going to have to live with a device that can only man

    • Buy a Nexus 9
      • by slaker ( 53818 )

        That would be a step down from an HDX. They only have 2GB RAM and they're 4:3 (2000x1500) instead of 16:9 (2560x1440). The 16:9 thing is nit-picky but since I do more reading than anything else, having something in a more traditional book shape is appreciated.

  • Would that be aLexa Doig who played ;Rommie' the computer in Andromeda
    that would be cool.

  • A friend stuck an ammeter in line with his Alexa. It was drawing 4W continuous, night and day.

    The cost is more that you paid for it.

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