The 18.104.22.168 software update for all Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models is continuing to roll out to all devices. Those of you with rooted Fire TVs and/or Fire TV Sticks, who have blocked software updates in order to not lose root access, will be happy to hear that the 22.214.171.124 update packages for the Fire TV 1, 2, and Stick have all been captured. I was able to intercept the Fire TV 1 update last week, XDA forum user XDA_h3n grabbed the Fire TV 2 update with my help, and user to_b sniffed out the Fire TV Stick 1 update this morning.
The update packages are essential to creating pre-rooted versions of the latest software update. Without pre-rooted ROMs, it’s not possible to update to the latest software version without giving up root access. Now that all three necessary update packages have been acquired, work can begin on creating the pre-rooted ROMs. I’ve been in touch with rbox, who creates the pre-rooted ROMs for the Fire TV community, and have sent him all of the update packages. They can also be found on my software update history page. Rbox has told me he has started working on creating the pre-rooted ROMs.
Assuming rbox has the free time, and everything goes smoothly, we’ll hopefully see pre-rooted 126.96.36.199 ROMs released for all three previously rootable Fire TV models soon. The Fire TV Stick 2 has never been rooted, so a pre-rooted ROM for it has never been created. If you’re interested in rooting your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, you should take a look at my rooting starters guide to see if it’s possible with your current software version.