Element’s Fire TV Edition television allows sideloading 3rd-party apps like Kodi

With any new Fire TV device, the first question I’m always asked is whether or not you can sideload 3rd-party apps, like Kodi, onto it. Element’s new Fire TV Edition televisions were no exception when I asked what you guys wanted me to check out. I’m happy to say that sideloading on these TVs is fully supported in the exact same way as it is on Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The option to enable “ADB Debugging” and “Apps from Unknown Sources” are present in the TV’s settings exactly where you expect them to be. I was able to install my Downloader app and install both Kodi and SPMC without any issues. Sideloaded apps also appear on the home just fine, both in the recent row and in the app row.

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Element’s Fire TV Edition televisions begin shipping to customers

They’re a little late, but the Element Fire TV Edition televisions have officially been released. My own order, as well as those of other readers, has shipped out and should be arriving to customers who pre-ordered the TVs throughout the day. The 65″ TV for $899.99 seems to be in the shortest supply because it became unavailable within a few days of being announced and has not been available to order since. While it is currently available to order, the 43″ TV for $449.99 is the second hardest to get with an estimated shipment date of 8 to 9 days for orders placed today. The 50″ TV for $549.99 is on the verge of selling out, with only a handful currently in stock, and the 55″ TV for $649.99, which is the one I purchased, is the only size currently in stock.

My TV should arrive later today, so you can look forward to detailed coverage of all the ins and outs of the first television running Amazon’s Fire TV operating system. Let me know in the comments of this post what you’d like to know about the Fire TV Edition television, and I’ll do my best to cover it in my upcoming posts.

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Element Fire TV Edition television shipments delayed

The Element Fire TV Edition televisions were supposed to be released next week on June 14. It appears Amazon or Element is having issues shipping the televisions on schedule, so they now all have a new release date of June 27. Customers who have already pre-ordered the televisions are receiving emails from Amazon with updated arrival dates ranging from June 30 to July 4. To make up for the delay, Amazon has automatically applied a $30 credit to the account of everyone who is affected by the delay.

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Amazon sells out of the Element 65″ Fire TV Edition televisions


Amazon has sold out of the Element Fire TV Edition television in the 65-inch size. The product page now says “Currently unavailable” with no indication when the television will be back in stock and no way to place a backorder. A spokesperson for Element told me “we are seeing a high demand on the 65-inch TV so we are sold out at the moment, but are replenishing inventory as soon as possible.” Those who were able to place an order for the $899.99 4K television will still receive their unit on time, when it’s released on June 14th. The 55-inch TV for $649.99, the 50-inch TV for $549.99, and the 43-inch TV for $449.99 are all still in stock and Amazon is still throwing in a free OTA digital antenna with all orders.

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Amazon Fire TV Edition televisions now available for pre-order starting at $449.99 and ship June 14

Amazon has just revealed pricing, a release date, and additional details about the Fire TV Edition televisions from Element. There will also be versions with Westinghouse branding, but those will likely not be available through Amazon, and instead will be probably be found at Target and/or Best Buy. Apart from the label on the front, models from both brands are identical in every other way and are all manufactured by the same parent company, so it really doesn’t matter which you buy. The 43″ model is $449.99, the 50″ model is $549.99, the 55″ model is $649.99, and the 65″ model is $899.99. All four screen sizes are available to pre-order today and will be released on June 14th. All pre-orders qualify for a free 35 Mile AmazonBasics Ultra Thin Indoor TV Antenna. Read more ›

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Fire TV Edition televisions will work without an Amazon account

Pricing and release information of Amazon’s Fire TV Edition televisions from Westinghouse, Seiki, and Element will probably be revealed soon, since I’m expecting the TVs to be released in June or July. There are some things we won’t know about them until they hit store shelves, but the latest 5.2.4.1 Fire TV software update, which is the first version of Fire OS to have support for the upcoming TVs, has revealed something noteworthy. While digging through the code of the new software version, I’ve found that Fire TV Edition televisions will very likely not require the user to login with an Amazon account, as is required with the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Read more ›

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Fire TV Edition televisions are codenamed “Margo/Rita” and confirmed to have “AFTRS” build name

I just started digging deeper into the guts of the Fire TV 5.2.4.1 software update and discovered that it’s the first version of Fire OS to include support for the upcoming Fire TV Edition televisions from Westinghouse, Seiki, and Element. Additionally, I can now definitively confirm that the “AFTRS” build name, which I found traces of earlier this month and guessed was a Fire TV Edition television under testing, is in fact the build name for those TVs.

Since I like keeping track of Fire TV codenames, I dug around for new ones in the 5.2.4.1 update and found that the Fire TV Edition televisions are codenamed “Margo” and/or “Rita.” Most of the code referred to the TVs under the “Margo” codename, but there were a few places that used “Rita.” It’s a little odd to find two codenames, but perhaps one is the codename for the Fire TV Edition project as a whole, which I’m guessing to be “Rita,” and the other is the codename for the specific hardware being released later this year, which I’m guessing is “Margo.”

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Fire TV Edition televisions from Westinghouse, Seiki, & Element to likely use 1.4Ghz to 2.0Ghz quad-core MStar CPU and Mali-T820 GPU

A concern many customers have with the upcoming Fire TV Edition televisions from Westinghouse, Seiki, and Element is whether the device’s processor specs are sufficient to run not only current apps, but also more taxing apps in the future throughout the product’s life cycle. When I tried the TVs first hand at CES earlier this year, they were as snappy and responsive as Amazon’s flagship 2nd-gen Fire TV set-top box, but nobody could tell me the exact specs of the hardware under the hood. Thanks to a leaked Kodi log file, I can now say fairly confidently that the first batch of Fire TV Edition televisions will have an MStar quad-core CPU running at between 1.4Ghz to 2.0Ghz and a Mali-T820 GPU. Read more ›

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Leaked log file indicates sideloading and Kodi work on Fire TV Edition televisions


The most common question I get asked for any new Fire TV hardware is: can you sideload 3rd-party apps like Kodi? The upcoming Fire TV Edition televisions, which run the Fire TV’s operating system without the need of a set-top box or Stick, are no exception. All indication so far is that these televisions will function very much like a Fire TV set-top box, but the question of whether you can sideload apps like Kodi remains. While we won’t know for certain until the televisions ship later this year, I have found evidence that indicates both sideloading and Kodi will work with Fire TV Edition televisions. Read more ›

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10 new things we now know about Amazon’s Fire TV Edition televisions

Westinghouse’s FCC filing for their upcoming Fire TV Edition televisions has already revealed new information about the Alexa Voice Remote button layout. The user manual included with the FCC documents contains new information that helps answer several questions about the new TVs and Fire OS version. Here are 10 previously unknown things that we now know about the soon to be released Fire TV Edition televisions. Read more ›

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Alexa Voice Remote for Amazon Fire TV Edition televisions will have dedicated Netflix button

The Fire TV Edition televisions made by Westinghouse have just gone through FCC approval. The user manual included with the FCC filing has revealed something about the included Alexa Voice Remote that wasn’t present when the televisions were shown off at CES earlier this year. The Alexa Voice Remote will have a dedicated Netflix button, as well as dedicated Prime Video and Amazon Music buttons, which are all a first for Amazon’s remote. Read more ›

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Westinghouse’s four Amazon Fire TV Edition televisions pass FCC approval

Westinghouse’s four upcoming Fire TV Edition televisions have just gone through FCC approval. This should mean the sets are inching closer to launching in the US. These are the televisions that were announced at CES at the start of the year. These televisions will be the first to run Amazon’s Fire OS as their primary operating system, the same OS on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Read more ›

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Fire TV Edition televisions come with Alexa voice remotes

Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick owners will feel right at home with the remote that comes with the Fire TV Edition televisions from Westinghouse, Seiki, and Element. That’s because the remote is nearly identical to the Alexa remote that comes with Amazon’s streaming devices. I would even go as far as to guess that Amazon even manufactured the remotes, or at least the pre-production versions being used to control the TVs at CES. Read more ›

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Technical specs of the new Fire TV Edition televisions from Westinghouse, Seiki, and Element

Amazon’s Fire OS operating system is the star of the show when it comes to the new Fire TV Edition televisions announced from Westinghouse, Seiki, and Element, but the hardware itself is just as interesting. Here is what I’ve learned about them so far during my time at CES. Read more ›

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Overview and first impressions of the new Fire TV Edition televisions

I got to spend a bit of time with the new Fire TV Edition televisions from Westinghouse and Element last night at CES. These are the TVs that run Fire OS and give you the full Fire TV experience out of the box without needing an external Fire TV box or Fire TV Stick. While they didn’t let me take control and have free reign of the TVs, I did get a good feel for the products so here is an overview of their features and my first impressions. Read more ›

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Amazon teams up with Westinghouse, Seiki, and Element to release ‘Fire TV Edition’ televisions running Fire OS

As I predicted, Amazon has just announced that they will be licensing Fire OS, the operating system that runs on the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, to manufacturers to use as the primary interface for new TVs. The first three brands on board to release new TVs running Fire TV Edition are Westinghouse, Seiki, and Element. Read more ›

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