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Really Useful Xposed Modules, mod and apps to get the most out of rooted fire TVs

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By zroice, Senior Member on 16th May 2016, 10:55 PM
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Hey all,

I'm trying to figure out which xposed modules, mods and apps are the most useful ones for the rooted fire TVs and compile a list.

What I can recommend so far:

"Xposed Additions Pro"
to customize the keys of the remote control (longpress, double press, triple press shortcuts)

Adaway
No more annoying ads in youtube, twitch and other apps

Mozilla Firefox + Adblock Plus + Adobe Flash Player
Web-Browsing on Fire TV (only good with Mouse + Keyboard)

MarketHelper
spoof what device the firetv is to actually download apps through play store (usually says that apps are not compatible on 90% of the apps, to me)

AudioGlow
Nice AudioVisualizer of whatever audio is playing in the background (tuneinradio, mp3-player, kodi.. etc) - unfortunately a bit laggy or rather not on point with the audio.

Holo Themer (Xposed Module)
Open apps that do not seem to open on the FireTV (like SuperSu) - set the theme to "Material Dark" and they will open.
WARNING: Can cause bootloops. Use Version 3.0 as well.
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17th May 2016, 09:53 PM |#2  
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Originally Posted by harlekinade

I hold a grudge against the Fire TV community for basically making posts like this one a one in a million find on this subforum - and the whole "I think, I've read, It worked for me, who can help me" culture that comes with it.

I feel ya.... =)

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Havent tried it myself yet but since Xposed App Settings keeps closing when you actually try to edit app settings (like to change DPI) I did some research and apparently you can get the dpi changing behaviour with tasker. Have it run a shell command "am set-density xxx" when an app starts and closes iirc. I would like to change the dpi setting of firefox for example... used to do it on my phone with xposed app settings but that damn thing wont work on fire tv.

Some other "activities" like this also keep closing - maybe we can together find out whats the cause and fix it. For example there is "supersu" which cant be opened - at least in the latest versions.. ive read that 1.x does work. And titanium Backup wont do batch commands and/or let you edit its settings.. really lame =/

FireTVs android is gimped down somewhat unfortunately..

ADD: also no recent apps overview available =( .. tried to set it up with xposed additions but wouldnt do anything .. but switching between the 2 recent apps does actually work. Put that on long-press menu button + long press play starts youtube.

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Also (this needs more testing) there is a system app called com.amazon.videoads.xxx or something. Disabling that seems to disable the annoying prime ads which is played before stuff when you watch amazon prime. (WTF you put ads up anyway for prime for those that already have prime?! i dont get that..so annoying - yea i hate ads because i'm immune to them anyway)
17th May 2016, 10:38 PM |#3  
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argh idk how about you but trying out xposed modules to see if they work on the fire tv is really annoying - my damn thing keeps goin into bootloops quite often. Most of the times clearing dalvik cache helps but sometimes ill have to disable xposed, boot, uninstall xposed installer, install xposed in recovery, reboot, install xposed installer, disable all xposed modules.. reboot one more time and then reenable the xposed modules. Need to figure out a better way for this.

ADD: I installed supersu as user app (first removed the supersu system app off course) but it still cant be opened. So its not a "system app" problem. Older versions do seem to open, but they want you to "update" the supersu binary, which I didnt want to try yet hehe.

ADD2: Any idea how to disable the notification of supersu and make the delay longer? When i try to edit the supersu.cfg (in /data/data/) it just overwrites itself after saving.. ?!

ADD3: Figured out how to "edit" the supersu.cfg ... copy it to /data/local/tmp and edit it there, then go to recovery and overwrite the original with the modified version with the file manager (those supersu notifications lag out often so I prefer to have em disabled..)
18th May 2016, 10:00 AM |#4  
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@supersuCan the update prompt be ignored?

nope unfortunately not.. and the settings did overwrite itself again also.. so editing supersu.cfg doesnt help=/
18th May 2016, 10:06 PM |#5  
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Paragon NTFS (free)

have you also tried stickmount from chainfire? Wondering which one is better.

Another recommendation (regarding the DPI):

Tasker (+App Factory)
I created two apps with the tasker app factory for my fire TV to change the DPI when they are opened.

The shell command to use is actually "wm density xxx" where xxx is the dpi u want.

What I did is create one with 240 dpi and one with 320 dpi (default) and set them to long press back/forward buttons. This way I can change between 240 and 320 dpi with those buttons.

What you can also do is to set up tasker contexts for certain apps to change the DPI on launch. For Firefox for example 240 dpi is muuuch better and FireStarter also is cooler with 240 dpi (maybe even less.. it will downsize the fonts which you cant do with the FireStarter settings).

With a more complex script you could probably just increase/decrease dpi in steps. (if you run "wm density" without a dpi, it will return the physical dpi and if its changed the overwritten dpi.. when you parse that number one could just add/substract to make an universal dpi increaser/decreaser)

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Gonna play around with supersu versions now and then tell you which is the latest that runs.

ADD: Seems like 2.02 or 2.12 (beta) is the latetest supersu that opens - but unfortunately the su binary is not compatible it seems. When I got myself the accoring zip and flashed it through twrp the app would open but say that there is no su binary ... *grmpf*
19th May 2016, 03:32 AM |#6  
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figured out a way to start supersu and also xposed app settings! but apparently nobody is interested.. ill tell ya by pm if you want i guess..
19th May 2016, 03:34 AM |#7  
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but goddammit this damn fire tv bootloops again just after applying some app setzings... dalvik cache gets fked up so easy..
19th May 2016, 02:46 PM |#8  
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stickmount is also able to mount exfat - but automounting is a bit messed up it seems.

Xposed Additions also breaks the voice search it seems. (or some other module)

But maybe this can be fine tuned somehow..
19th May 2016, 10:04 PM |#9  
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A bit disappointed that nobody except us 2 actually joins in - but this is how xda is nowadays i guess..

Anyway: To actually open supersu and xposed app settings you will have to install "Holo Themer" Xposed module and activate "material design" for the app that you want to use.

It seems that the apps / activities that dont work are using some ui elements that are not available on the fire tv - but with holo themer it works.

Be aware though: My fire tv didnt boot through anymore after restart - which seems to be related to holo themer .. which i dont really understand yet.
20th May 2016, 12:44 AM |#10  
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i wish i could just use dalvik .. i bet these bootloops / hangs are all caused by that fkin art runtime. On my phone I still use jellybean on purpose lol.. much more modding freedom compared to this newer android versions.. garh

Getting some really strange behaviors:

Activate some xposed modules, reboot, everything works. Then without actually changing any settings in the modules or smth I reboot one more time, and fire tv stuck at boot logo.

WTF is that?! Not really deterministic to me.. =/..... it should either work or not work.

Sometimes clearing the "dalvik" cache helps to get it to boot again.. but then after another reboot its back to beeing stuck at boot logo. I wish I would understand wtf is causing this. The modules which do seem to cause those loops actually do work also.. at least until you reboot lol.. (like that holo themer example from above..)
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20th May 2016, 02:32 PM |#11  
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I read now that the holo themer has problems with lollipop. Its weird it actually works - you activate the module, reboot and it works.. then you reboot again and you are stuck in bootloop.

Im currently trying to figure out how to prevent the bootloops and still use it. I guess you just temporarily activate it to edit settings of an app like supersu. then uninstall it afterwards. If you need it again you just install it again. If youre stuck in bootloop the easiest way to get into the system again is to delete the modules.list file in the /data/data/xxx/conf folder of the xposed installer. Then it will boot without any modules active one time. Sometimes a clear of dalvik cache is also necessary to fix bootloops caused by xposed modules.
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