FireTV Mods

Install FireStarter Launcher on your FireTV

You will need to install the FireStarter apps launcher on your FireTV if you need an alternate homescreen with the apps you use most, instead of the standard Amazon‘s homescreen. The main problem with default Amazon’s homescreen, besides the fact that it is full of Vendor’s related stuff, is it’s unfriendliness with third party apps: You have no way to promote your recently installed (probably by sideloading or from an external source as depicted in this tutorial) Kodi mediaplayer or any other non officially sanctioned app. Hence, normally you would need to navigate into Settings, Apps, list all apps,...
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Editorial

Installing apk files directly from your Fire TV

Your Fire TV runs a mildly modified version of Android operative system, which includes Amazon’s app store as the official source for installing apps and games. Regrettably enough, the Amazon’s App Store is heavily censored on apps and games availability for your Fire TV. At this time, your Fire TV is also quite un-rootable and thus you cannot install the Google App store. Many of us managed to circumvent this limitation by downloading our favorite apps and games into our computer. Then, with the help of ADB command line (which is part of Google’s Android SDK, in the form of a command line...
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Media Center

Launch XBMC from FireTV’s Main Screen

So you have successfully side-loaded XBMC into your FireTV. Then you realize that every time you want to launch XBMC you should navigate into SETTINGS, then select Applications, Manage all applications, find XMBC and finally run it from there. What a nonsensical trip! It happens that side-loaded apps, specifically those that Amazon does not like you to install, will not be visible from your FireTV main screen. Not even under the RECENT row. Nada. Zip. How can I leave an XBMC “Shortcut” on my FireTV main screen ? Thankfully enough it is possible to leave a shortcut on your FireTV...
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Editorial

Sideloading Apps into your FireTV

You may not need to root your FireTV in order to further unlock it’s potential. Many users are finding the sideloading capabilities of their FireTV units more than enough for expanding it’s usage scope. You won’t void your warranty, as the sideloading capability is readily built-in! ¿ What does Sideloading means ? If you do not understand what “sideloading” means in FireTV context, I am obliged to explain: As of this writing, your FireTV has no Google play or Amazon store installed; so you cannot add apps and games “the easy way” as you would normally do with your...
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