A reader of AFTVnews named Brandon Hammer has sent me a video showing that his Element Fire TV Edition television is rooted. Brandon says he was able to successfully root the device using the latest version of the KingRoot rooting utility, which is currently version 5.2.0. Brandon’s TV is running software version 188.8.131.52, which is not the latest software version for the Fire TV Edition televisions.
Software version 184.108.40.206 (572212620) is the version that comes on the device from the factory. There is a launch day software update that updates the device to software version 220.127.116.11 (577224220), which is currently the latest software version. It is unknown at this time if KingRoot can also root the latest software version.
If you have a Fire TV Edition television and are considering rooting it with KingRoot, I suggest you proceed with caution. Rooting itself is not harmful, but it’s the modifications you can perform once you’ve gained root that can end up bricking a device. That’s not a big deal with a $90 Fire TV or $40 Fire TV Stick, but is a much more serious loss if you brick a multi-hundred dollar television.
There is obviously no TWRP or ClockworkMod custom recovery available for the Fire TV Edition television, so if you make a change that prevents the TV from booting, there will be no way to recover from the mistake. Even with a custom recovery in place, many have managed to mess up their Fire TVs or Fire TV Sticks enough that recovery no longer worked. My inbox is a daily testament to this fact.
When the Fire TV Stick 1 was first rooted, I recommended that most people wait until custom recovery was released for the device, which at the time rbox announced he would do, before rooting. Things are different here because a custom recovery may never be released for the Fire TV Edition televisions. Without custom recovery, there will not be pre-rooted ROMs, and without either of those, a rooted Fire TV Edition television will never be able to update its software version without losing root.
If rooting is very important to you and there are specific things you want to do and need root to do them, root your TV but be very careful with the modifications you make. For others interested in rooting the Fire TV Edition television, I recommend doing what you can to block software updates, so that rooting remains a possibility, and hold off a bit to see what pans out from this.
According to jvquintero1021 on XDA, the newer 18.104.22.168 software version is not rootable.