Fire OS 5.0 Developer Preview arriving on Fire TVs


The developer preview of Fire OS 5.0 has begun arriving on Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks that signed up to receive the update. As expected, the interface and feature set appears to be identical to the current Fire OS 3.0 based software, but it’s under the hood where the changes are hiding. I have it installed on both a Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, so let me know in the comments if there’s anything you’d like me to check.


  1. Chad says:

    Can it output at 24 or 23.976 hz?

  2. Grinder says:

    If you love Kodi, you’ll hate this update.

    Firestarter can no longer observe the home buttons, so forget about launching Kodi with it. And LLama can no longer launch Kodi in place of another program (such as Ikono TV.)

    The best you can do is set LLama to boot directly into Kodi. That works.

  3. Tanya says:

    I have kodi 14.2 just saw GRINDERS comment. Will llama update or will there be a workaround to use llama with a another app shortcut that launches kodi? Will google play store be available by default? if there are no visual differences. Can you list the under the hood differences?

    • Grinder says:

      I doubt it. Llama hasn’t been updated since last year. I haven’t been able to add a manual event that can trigger one app launching another. Maybe the dev behind Firestarter can come up with a fix from that angle. I hope so.

      It almost seems like Amazon has gone after all the ways to conveniently load Kodi.

      There is no Google Play store and I can’t see that ever being the case. It’s a competitor to Amazon. And only apps purchased through Amazon make it onto the Home Screen.

  4. Tom says:

    Grinders comment is very unsettling. Kodi is perhaps 75% of my fireTV usage. I may have to disable updates soon if that is the case.

  5. Mo says:

    I depend on firestarter HEAVILY, can this update be blocked once it becomes stable and released?

  6. fassfa says:

    Without root, updates will have to be blocked through the router. Correct me if I’m wrong…

  7. Masterblaster8987 says:

    I Updated to the new FireOs 5 for the AFTV and now I will revert it back to OS 3.
    It is NOT a stable build with all the following problems:
    USB is not recognized, apks on usb show them not being found.
    Applications, including Amazon services, don’t work properly and forces a OS install/reboot.
    If anyone is having the following problems or fixes please post.

  8. Jim says:

    Does it still support Bluetooth headphone connectivity?

  9. Imtiaj says:

    ADB connection from PC seems to connect but devices are offline ;(
    Once this is fixed or a work around is found I will update my app ;)

    • Grinder says:

      Had the same issue with ADBFire 1.29. You need to install it fresh (delete old settings). Also try clicking the “refresh ADB” button.

      He’s mucked this release up a bit.

  10. ABC9454 says:

    Have you ever tried FireTV Launcher? It’s more like a folder for installed apps regardless from amazon store or side load. It works like charm for both root or non-root. FireTV Launcher is displayed on RECENT. Double clicked on FireTV Launcher will show all installed apps.

  11. ABC9454 says:

    FireTV Launcher is an app. It’s not FREE but worth every penny. I bought it and have been using it for months. Here is the link

  12. Y2Bogus says:

    Has anyone tried sideloading the CinenaNow app from Android TV to see how well it works?

  13. horrorschow says:

    Vpn seems to work on aftv

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