I need to buy a few tabs for wall mounted dashboards and I'm considering Fire HD8.
I see there's a cheaper option, with ads, and I know I won't be able to turn off the ads (yes I've seen all the tutorials on how to do it, but my geek skills just aren't up to it... I'd rather pay the £10 extra... though I'd rather not...)
So my question is, If I've loaded Fully Kiosk and don't let the thing sleep, or go into lock, or whatever... will I see the ads? I got the impression the ads are only on the device lock screen, so if its never locked you never seen them..
Is this right?
Take a look at Amazon Fire Toolbox: [OFFICIAL][TOOL][WINDOWS] Amazon Fire Toolbo… | Amazon Fire HD 8 and HD 10
Pretty simple to use and install. It'll automate the process of removing ads and Amazon bloatware. Plus, you can use it to install Google play store and apps.
Wait... That can replace Ale%a with Google?
So, ad blocking... Are the ads actually removed or just blocked from being shown? (ie, is the tab fighting to show the ads...) Is there any advantage to paying the extra for the ad free version?
For just one tab I wouldn't be bothered, but I'll be buying a whole bunch of them for a new build house and also my own house. The price difference is substantial..
So I'm not well versed in the specifics of how it accomplishes blocking the ads. It uses an app called AutomateIt to prevent the ads from showing. Whether or not the tablet is still attempting in the background, I'm not sure. I will say I've done it on two fire 8 tablets, one that I've got wall mounted as a kiosk and one I use for light reading/web browsing and I don't notice any performance issues.
In terms of replacing with Google, what it does is automates the process of installing the Google Play Store so that you can download and install apps from there. FireOS is just a modified version of Android so most apps from the Google Play Store will work.
The biggest benefit I see is disabling Amazon bloatware and installing a custom launcher instead of the FireOS launcher.
I've ordered 4 at the reduced (with ads) price. Can't argue with a 20% saving.....
I'll be back in a couple of days to pick your brains when I fail to get the toolbox thing to work.
I have to say, for the price, the Fire 8 is a great tablet. Works great for a home automation kiosk, and I think it's the perfect size for reading too. I don't think you'll have any trouble with the toolbox. Just have to follow the directions, which I found were well written and easy to follow. Happy to help if you run into any trouble though.
I appear to have got it working
Thanks for your help