The 2nd-gen Fire TV was rooted a little over a month ago and thanks to the great AFTVnews community for chipping in to buy rbox a 2nd-gen Fire TV, he is well on his way to getting a custom recovery, based on TWRP, working on the new device. Rbox tells me he has TWRP starting on boot and displaying the curtain splash screen. There is still a long way to go, but he’s confident he’ll have a functioning custom recovery ready for the Fire TV 2 soon.
Custom recoveries, like TWRP and ClockworkMod, allow us to easily install custom and pre-rooted ROMs onto rooted Fire TVs. This is essential to being able to safely and easily update rooted Fire TVs, without losing root, once Amazon inevitably blocks the current rooting method.
Rbox also told me he has TWRP custom recovery working on the 1st-gen Fire TV. This will be necessary to update rooted 1st-gen Fire TVs to Fire OS 5 when Amazon releases that software update. Due to changes brought on by Fire OS 5, the current ClockworkMod custom recovery, that rooted 1st-gen Fire TV owners are using, will not work with Fire OS 5. So, rooted 1st-gen Fire TV owners who wish to update to Fire OS 5 will need to first switch their recovery from ClockworkMod to TWRP. I’ll be sure to write a guide for installing TWRP on both the 1st and 2nd-gen Fire TV once rbox releases them.