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[hemmerling] Google Android 9/12 - Amazon Fire TV

Amazon Fire TV Stick Hardware

My Hardware

My Fire TV Sticks with Alexa Voice Remote

    • Operating system “Fire OS 7.6.4.6” ( Fire OS 7: Based on Android 9 (Pie, API level 28 ).
    • Internal filesystem “X.XX GB of 5.35 GB available” ⇒ 5.35 GB storage space for Fire TV apps.
    • “External Space. No USB Storage Detected”.
    • Even with language setting “English”, the virtual screen keyboard provides German Umlaute ( äöü ) :-).
  • Der neue Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max, unterstützt Streaming über Wi-Fi 6E, Ambient-TV ( “Fire TV Stick 4K Max - 2nd Gen (2023) - 16 GB” ), with 16 GB storage space for Fire TV apps.
    • Operating system “Fire OS 8.?.?.?” ( Fire OS 8: Based on Android 11 (API level 30) ).
    • Internal filesystem “X.XX GB of ??.?? GB available” ⇒ ??.?? GB storage space for Fire TV apps.
    • “External Space. No USB Storage Detected”.
Feature Fire TV Stick 1 Fire TV Stick 2 Fire TV Stick Lite My Fire TV Stick 3 Fire TV Stick 4K Fire TV Stick 4K ( 2023 ) Fire TV Stick 4K Max Fire TV Stick 4K Max ( 2023 ) Fire TV Cube (2. Gen.) Fire TV Cube (3. Gen.) Competitors Comment
RAM ( GigaByte ) 1 1 1 1 1.5 2 2 2 2 1 ( Roku ) Browser apps are loading very slowly with 1 GB RAM :-(
microUSB Interface No Yes* Yes* Yes* Yes* Yes* Yes* No Yes Yes * = by OTG
OTG No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes* No Not necessary ?
Filesystem ( GigaByte ) 8 8* 8* 8* 8* 8* 16* 16 16 ? * = The filesystem may be extended by a USB stick attached to an “On The Go (OTG) USB Splitter Cable”
Filesystem - FAT32 FAT32 FAT32 FAT32 FAT32 FAT32 FAT32 FAT32, NTFS FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, EXT2, EXT3, HFS+, exFAT
Picture-in-Picture - - - - - Yes Yes Yes ? PiP of smart home camera
FireOS 7 7 8 8
Android OS 9 9 11 11
Android APK 28 28 30 30

My Luna Controller

Amazon Trade-In

  • Ship your device(s) by 04-Jan-2024. A free UPS shipping label will be sent to XXX@XXX.XXX.
  • You get 20% off a new 4K Fire TV device + €3.00 bonus Amazon.com gift card (applied automatically after device appraisal)

My TV Set "JVC LT-32V4200"

Remote Control Integration with FireTV

  • FireTV “Settings / Controllers & Bluetooth Devices / Equipment Control / Manage Equipment / TV / Change TV”, “Change TV”.
    • “What brand of TV do you have?” - “JVC”.
      • “Press ON/OFF on your Fire TV remote to turn off your TV. Wait 10 seconds, then press ON/OFF again to turn it back on”.
      • “Did your TV turn off and then back on when you pressed the ON/OFF key?
      • “Attempt 2/17” - No ( OFF = Yes :-), ON = No :-(, Loundness = yes ).
      • “Attempt 10/17” - Yes ( OFF = Yes :-), ON = Yes :-), Loundness = yes ).

Remote Control

  • The TV control keys of “Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote (includes TV controls)” - loudness, sound off, off - are compatible with my wide LED TV set “JVC LT-32V4200” ( see TV & Radio ) :-).
  • The remote control of “JVC LT-32V4200” supports some “Fire TV Remote” buttons:
Function Fire TV Remote JVC Remote Control Comment
Power Off Power Button Red Power Button
Voice / Text Search Microphone Button or Blue Button i Button JVC: “To use the Alexa Voice button on your remote, please pair the remote with your Fire TV” ⇒ “Pair Later” ⇒ “Text Search”
Navigation Circle Up, Down, Left, Right Buttons
Select Button Inside the Circle OK Button
Back Back Button Buttons “BACK”, “EXIT
Home Home Button Media Browser Button
Menu Menu Button / Three Bar Button TXT Button
Rewind Two Back Arrows Two Back Arrows JVC: No continous rewind, press the button several times for repeated rewind
Play Play/Pause Button Forward Arrow
Pause Play/Pause Button Pause Button
Fast Forward Two Forward Arrows Two Forward Arrows JVC: No continous forward, press the button several times for repeated forward
Volume + + Button V+ Button
Volume - Button V- Button
Mute / Unmute Volume Speaker With X Speaker With X Mute or unmute your TV’s volume
EPG Television Button :-( JVC: Not available :-(
Settings Settings ( Gear ) Button Menu Button Alexa Voice Remote Pro only
Home Button Fire TV Remote: Press and hold for about some seconds
Channel Up Channel Up Button P Up Alexa Voice Remote Pro only: -1, JVC: -5
Channel Down Channel Down Button P Down Alexa Voice Remote Pro only: +1 JVC: +5
Preset App Button #1 Apps Button “prime video” :-( Button can't be remapped :-(
Preset App Button #2 Apps Button “NETFLIX” :-(
Preset App Button #3 Apps Button “APPS xxx+” :-( Button can't be remapped :-(
Preset App Button #4 Apps Button “amazon music” :-( Button can't be remapped :-(
Restart Firestick Select + Play/Pause Buttons :-( Fire TV Remote: Press and hold simultaneously for about 10 seconds
Reset Firestick Remote (1) :-( Fire TV Remote: Unplug your Fire TV and wait 60 seconds
(2) Left + Menu + Back Buttons :-( Fire TV Remote: Press and hold simultaneously for about 12 seconds
(3) :-( Fire TV Remote: Release the buttons and wait 5 seconds
(4) :-( Fire TV Remote: Remove the batteries from your Fire TV remote
(5) :-( Fire TV Remote: Plug in your Fire TV and wait until you see the screen that says that the remote can’t be detected
(6) :-( Fire TV Remote: Put the batteries back in your Fire TV remote
(7) Home Button :-( Fire TV Remote: Press for about 10 seconds after powering up the Fire TV stick
Access hidden Resolution and Refresh Rate Up + Rewind Buttons :-( Fire TV Remote: Press and hold simultaneously for about 5 seconds
1. 1080p 60 Hz
2. 1080p 50 Hz
3. 720p 60 Hz
4. 720p 50 Hz
5. 1080p 30 HZ
6. 1080p 25 HZ
7. 480p 60 Hz
8. 576p 50 Hz
VoiceView Menu + Back Buttons :-( Fire TV Remote: Press and hold simultaneously for about 10 seconds
Screen Magnifier Fast Forward + Back Buttons :-( Fire TV Remote: Press and hold simultaneously for about 5 seconds
Switch to JVC's TV TV Button

Get Fire TV Stick's IP Address

  • “Settings / Network” - “Press 'Play/Pause' to check network status” - Button “Advanced” - “Network Status, IPv4 adress” ⇒ Example: “192.168.178.43”.

Seriously needed additional Hardware

HDMI 2 AV Converter for legacy TV Sets & AV 2 HDMI Converter for legacy VHS Video Recorders

HDMI 2 AV
AV 2 HDMI
Resources

On The Go (OTG) Cable ( BUY !) / On The Go (OTG) Hub ( DON'T BUY ! )

These OTG Cables are suitable for use with Smartphones, Tablets and HDMI Stick
Useless unsuitable crank OTG Cables and OTG Hubs, which don't provide Power Supply by USBmini - DON'T BUY !
Smartphone App

USB Drive

  • Up to 128 GB...

Keyboard and Mouse

Virtual Keyboard, Remote Keyboard
Bluetooth Keyboard ( & Mouse ? )
  • Bluetooth Keyboards required to have 2 switches / buttons “On” and “Pairing” :-).
USB & Wireless Keyboard ( and Mouse ? ) via "On The Go (OTG) Cable" / "On The Go (OTG) Hub"
  • See on this page.

Fire Stick TV & Alexa Smart Speaker

Alexa Hardware & Software

Resources

Some other Hardware

Amazon

Suggested additional Hardware

Picture-in-Picture Feature ( Fire TV Stick 4K Max, Fire TV Cube (3. Gen.) )

You may just store "Games" on an external USB sticks :-(

The Limit

  • You may just store “Game” apps on an external USB sticks.
  • Standard media streaming apps ( = TV apps ) can't be moved :-(.

Hardware

  • The filesystem may be extended by a USB stick attached to an “On The Go (OTG) USB Splitter Cable” ( see on this page ).

How to move Apps to external USB Sticks

    • “To move your already installed Apps to the USB drive, go to Settings > Applications > manage Installed Applications”.
    • “To view only apps that have been moved to USB Drive, Under Manage installed Applications, select Show all applications > Show USB only”.
    • “Alternatively, you can also go to Settings > My Fire TV Stick > USB Drive > Manage Installed Applications. You’ll see a little USB icon next to Apps moved to the USB drive”.

How to save Internal Memory Space?

Fire TV Stick - 3rd Gen (2020)

  • “Settings / Apps / Auto Offload” = “ON”( “Settings / Apps / Automatisches Auslagern” = “AN” ).

Fire TV Stick 4K Max - 2nd Gen (2023) - 16 GB

  • No option :-(.

How to prevent In-App Sales?

Amazon Appstore App @ Android Smartphone ( offtopics here )

    1. Starte die Amazon Appstore-App.
    2. Wähle Konto und anschließend Einstellungen aus.
    3. Wähle In-App-Einkäufe aus und schalte anschließend die Option auf Aus.

Amazon Fire TV

  1. Select the original “Englisch (US) FireTV IME” as standard keyboard.
    1. Select the FireTV settings.
    2. “Account & Profile Settings” ( “Konto - und Profileinstellungen” ) or “Preferences” ( “Benutzereinstellungen” ).
    3. “Parental Controls = ON” ( “Kindersicherung” = “AN” ). Enter your 4-digit key ( e.g: “0000” ).
    4. PIN Protect Purchases = ON” ( “Einkäufe mit Pin schützen” = “AN” ).
  2. Select the FireTV settings.
    1. “Preferences” ( “Benutzereinstellungen” ).
    2. “Privacy Settings” ( “Datenschutzeinstellungen” ).
    3. “Cookie Consent = OFF” ( “Zustimmung zu Cookies = AUS” ).
  3. Select your favourite keyboard as standard keyboard.
  4. Reboot the FireTV Stick.
    1. Either by switching the FireTV Stick off and on.
    2. Or select the FireTV settings.
      1. “My Fire TV” ( “Mein Fire TV” ).
      2. “Restart” ( “Neu starten” ).

Software

How to install Software on Fire TV?

  1. Dedicated FireTV apps by Amazon Store.
  2. (1) Install Android Smartphone app via appstore “Google Play” on your Android smartphone, (2) APK upload of installed Android Smartphone apps to Amazon Fire TV Stick, by Android app “Apps2Fire”.
  3. Download APKs at third-party appstores, by “Downloader” browser app, with instant installation and option to delete the download afterwards.

How to update Software & Software Apps on Fire TV?

By FireTV Update & Amazon Store

  • How to update by FireStick:
    1. On your home screen, click on the settings button.
    2. From the list of available options, select, My Fire TV.
    3. Click on About.
    4. From the options displayed, select Check for Updates.
  • How to update by Amazon Store:
    1. On your home screen, click on the settings button.
    2. Navigate to Applications.
    3. Click on Appstore.
    4. Click on Automatic Updates to turn it ON.

By APKUpdater

Resources

    • “Firesticktricks” offers an outdated version 2.04 of APKUpdater by link to a file “app-release.apk”.
    • “app-release.apk” is a default filename for projects generated with Android Studio.
    • One-time message of the outdated version 2.04 “Update found! 3.0.0 Release: Full Rewrite Using Jetpack Compose”, ”[_] Abort [X] Install”.

Software Tools for Smartphones ( so not for Fire TV Stick )

Amazon Freevee for Google Android OS

Remote Keyboards - Using another Android Smartphone as Remote Control for FireTV

Official "Amazon Fire TV" Remote Control App
    • Official Fire TV Support App for Smartphones.
    • Uses this keyboard to enter text such as film names, user names and passwords on Fire TV. Note that some apps don't use the standard Fire TV keyboard, so some features may not be available”.
Cetus Play
Remote for Fire TV & FireStick
Remote for Fire TV ( formerly: Remote Mouse for Fire TV )

Apps2Fire

    • Upload of installed APKs ( not just downloaded APKs ) from Android smartphone to the “FireTV Stick”, by IP address.
    • “Apps2Fire”: “Setup” - “IP address of your FireTV” - Example: 192.168.178.43 - Button “Save”.
    • “Fire TV”: “Allow USB Debugging?”.
      • Check ”[x] Always allow from this computer”. If you don't do so, the upload will fail.
      • Press the button “Ok”.

Screen Casting by Android Smartphones

Display Mirroring by Android Fire, by "Miracast" Protocol

Amazon Fire TV Stick √
  • Configuration:
    • Either:
      • Go to the Settings menu on your Amazon Fire TV Stick.
      • Select “Display & Sounds”, followed by “Enable Display Mirroring”.
    • Or:
      • Press and hold the “Home” button for about some seconds.
    • Or, Alexa Voice Remote Pro only:
      • Press the “Settings” ( “Gear” ) Button.
Using the Android 7.1.1 Setting "Cast" √
  • “Setting / Display / Cast”.
    • Burger menu ”[x] Enable wireless display”.
    • Select a listed FireStick device, e.g. “Rolfs FireTVStick”.
Using the Android Setting "Cast" on some other Android Smartphones
  • “Settings / Other wireless connections / Screencast / Screencast ( on )”.
Offical Amazon Support Website "amazon.com/firetv/mirroring"

Cast to TV Set by "Google Chromecast" √

Using "Google Home" Android App √
Using Android 7.1.1 Setting "Cast" √
  • “Setting / Display / Cast” - Select a listed “Chromecast” device.

Cast to Windows10 PC √

Windows Setup
  • Windows10 “Projection Settings”.
    • Add the “Wireless Display” optional feature to this PC.
    • “Some Windows and Android devices can project to this PC when you allow them to” ⇒ Toggle “Available everywhere” / “Always Off (Recommended)”.-
    • “Connect. Smartphone model is attempting to project” ⇒ “Allow once”, press “Ok” button.
Using Android 7.1.1 Setting "Cast" √
  • “Setting / Display / Cast”.
    • Burger menu ”[x] Enable wireless display”.
    • Select a listed “Wireless display ( WiDi )” device.

How to install Google Play on FireTV

Tools

    • For “FireTV 3” Stick, select: Platform = “ARM64”, Android = “9.0”, Variant = “nano”.

Resources

General

Google Play

Rooting

How to install a German / international Keyboard for FireTV

General Setup

  1. FireTV device:
    • Set “My Fire TV / Developer options / ADB debugging” = “On”.
    • Read the IP address of the FireTV device at “My Fire TV / About / Network” ⇒ e.g “192.168.178.43”.
  2. Your smartphone:
    • “Settings / About Phone” and tap the “Build Number” 7x to activate Developer Options.
    • “Settings / System / Developer Options / USB debugging” = “On”.
    • Install “Remote ADB Shell” ( Google Play, Cameron Gutman "Remote ADB Shell" ).

How to install a German / international Keyboard Driver

  1. FireTV device:
    • Install “External Keyboard Helper Pro”.
    • Install “Keyboard Switcher” by Kunzisoft.
    • Activate the apps at “My Fire TV / Developer options / Install unknown apps”, if necessary (?).
    • Error message on FireTV when calling the App, if “External Keyboard Helper Pro” is not yet enabled: “External Keyboard Helper Pro input method is not enabled. Launching settings”.
  2. Your smartphone:
    • Run “Remote ADB Shell” ( Set IP address, e.g “192.168.178.43” ).
    • Enable the keyboard driver “External Keyboard Helper Pro”: “ime enable com.apedroid.hwkeyboardhelper/.IME”.
    • Set the keyboard driver “External Keyboard Helper Pro” as standard keyboard: “ime set com.apedroid.hwkeyboardhelper/.IME”

How to install a German / International On-Screen Virtual Keyboards

  1. FireTV device:
    • Install ”“Hacker's Keyboard”.
    • Install & configure “LeanKey Keyboard Pro” by Yuriy Lyskov.
    • Activate the apps at “My Fire TV / Developer options / Install unknown apps”, if necessary (?).
  2. Your smartphone:
    • Run “Remote ADB Shell” ( Set IP address, e.g “192.168.178.43” ).
    • Enable new virtual keyboards:
      • Enable the virtual keyboard “LeanKey Keyboard Pro”:
        • ime enable com.liskovsoft.leankeyboard/.ime.LeanbackImeService”.
        • “ime enable org.liskovsoft.androidtv.rukeyboard/com.liskovsoft.leankeyboard.ime.LeanbackImeService”.
      • Enable the virtual keyboard “Hacker's Keyboard”:
        • “ime enable org.pocketworkstation.pckeyboard/.LatinIME”.
        • “ime enable org.pocketworkstation.pckeyboard/org.pocketworkstation.pckeyboard.LatinIME”.
      • Enable the virtual keyboard “Englisch (US) FireTV IME”: “ime enable com.amazon.tv.ime/.FireTVIME”.
    • Set one of the keyboards as standard keyboard:
      • Set the virtual keyboard “LeanKey Keyboard Pro” as standard keyboard:
        • ime set com.liskovsoft.leankeyboard/.ime.LeanbackImeService”.
        • “ime set org.liskovsoft.androidtv.rukeyboard/com.liskovsoft.leankeyboard.ime.LeanbackImeService”.
      • Set the virtual keyboard “Hacker's Keyboard” as standard keyboard: “ime set org.pocketworkstation.pckeyboard/.LatinIME”.
      • Set the built-in keyboard “Englisch (US) FireTV IME” as standard keyboard: “ime set com.amazon.tv.ime/.FireTVIME”.

Tools

Resources

Development

Error Messages

Resources

Forums, Newsgroups

 
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