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The simplest and safest way to update TWRP custom recovery on a rooted Fire TV is to install the latest pre-rooted ROM. All pre-rooted ROMs include TWRP custom recovery, so installing a pre-rooted ROM will also overwrite TWRP. Rbox has stated that he will release a new pre-rooted ROM anytime he releases an updated TWRP, even if the ROM OS version has not changed, so the newest pre-rooted ROM file will always include the newest version of TWRP. I will update this post in the future with instructions on how to update TWRP separately without installing a ROM, but most of you should just install the latest ROM anytime rbox releases a new version of TWRP.
Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP) is a custom recovery that allows you to modify the operating system of a rooted Amazon Fire TV. It is most commonly used to install customized operating systems (a.k.a ROMs) but can also be used to install packages that just modify aspects of the existing operating system. This guide will show you how to use TWRP to install/update a package. The information in this guide is redundant to step 4 in my Fire TV 2 rooting guide, but will come in handy in the future as a quick reference for when you need to update to a new ROM or install a mod. Read more ›
Three different kids learning games for the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick have just gone on sale for the first time. Ask Me! Shapes and Colors is normally $1.99 but is currently $1.04 after the included 45 Amazon coins. Ask Me! Colors and Shapes Preschool is normally $3.99 but is currently $2.09 after the included 90 Amazon coins. And lastly, Ask Me! Color Match is normally $1.99 but is currently $1.04 after the included 45 Amazon coins. All three games work with either a remote or game controller.
Four Little Knights, a side scrolling platformer with cooperative multiplayer, has just gone Free. Every few months this game goes free, so if you haven’t picked it up yet, here’s a third chance. You can play the game alone, or with up to 4 others simultaneously. It works with either game controllers or remotes, and is compatible with either the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick.
Amazon has just announced that their original series Mozart in the Jungle has been greenlit for a third season. Considering the series just won two Golden Globe awards, it’s no surprise we’ll be seeing more of the comedy-drama. Amazon hasn’t announced when the new season will be available, but both the first and second seasons premiered in December, so it’s likely the third will do the same.
Good news for those looking to root their Fire TV 2. Software version 5.0.5, which is currently arriving on devices, does not block rooting. AFTVnews reader Nano Parodi has chimed in to confirm that he successfully used my new rooting guide to root his Fire TV 2 that already updated to version 5.0.5. This means that all 2nd-gen Fire TVs, regardless of the software version they have, are rootable.
If you have a Fire TV 2 that has updated to 5.0.5 that you want to root, you should block updates since the next software update may block rooting. Then, you can either follow my rooting guide and downgrade to the 5.0.4 pre-rooted ROM, or wait for rbox to release a pre-rooted version of 5.0.5 and then follow the guide.
Tallowmere, an action roguelike platformer game, has just gone on sale for $1.99. This is the first time this game has ever dropped below its regular price of $3.99. The game randomly generates levels every time you play so you can enjoy replaying it without it feeling stale. As you progress further in the game, rooms steadily get bigger and harder than the previous ones. Tallowmere is compatible with both the 1st and 2nd-gen Fire TV, and requires a game controller to play.
This week there were 32 new apps and games released for the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The most notable app by far is the new CBS Sports app released just in time to stream Super Bowl 50 to Fire TV owners. There’s also a new fashion video network called Made to Measure (M2M) that released a Fire TV app this week. The most interesting game released this past week is Rummikub which is a family friendly game that’s a cross between Rummy and Mahjong. Rounding out the week is File Manager for Fire TV which is a new file explorer that was designed specifically for the Fire TV. Read on for the full list of new apps and games released in the last 7 days. Read more ›