The Fire TV Stick 4K runs Fire OS which is actually based on Android but different from Android TV. Users don’t get Google’s Play Services and Play Store but get Amazon’s own app store and services. However, while you can sideload apps from other sources, having access to Google services saves you the hassle, and now there is a way to get the Android TV UI along with Google Services on Amazon’s streaming stick.
To get the Android TV user interface on the Fire TV Stick, you have to follow the procedure put together by the XDA-Developer member ”burcbuluku”. The steps which are listed below will transform your Fire TV Stick 4K into an Android TV device with the addition of certain Google services while still keeping Amazon’s own services such as Alexa and the Amazon Appstore.
To get started, you need a Fire TV Stick 4K (2018), a TV or monitor, a Fat32-formatted USB drive, a keyboard, a mouse, and an OTG adapter. Do note that the procedure voids your warranty. Below are the steps outlined by ”burcbuluku”:
- Backup your files.
- Unlock the bootloader and install TWRP using this guide.
- Download and extract Firestick 4K Android TV TWRP Backup.rar to TWRP backups path on a USB stick; TWRP > BACKUPS > G070VM0984752N1Q
- Do a factory reset via TWRP (use the OTG adapter and keyboard/mouse to navigate)
- Restore from the TWRP backup that you prepared.
- Reboot to system.
- Connect to Wi-Fi and log in to your Amazon account. (still using keyboard or mouse to navigate)
- Go to Settings > Fire OS > Controllers and Bluetooth Devices and pair your Fire TV remote. (now you can ditch the keyboard)
Everything pretty much works fine save for the Google Assistant and Google Voice Search which are confirmed are not working.
We expect a procedure for other models of the Fire TV Stick will surface in the near future. We also won’t be surprised if a tool is developed that makes the procedure much easier.
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