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Fire TV Stick 2 (tank) Prerooted Stock Images [5.2.7.3_r1]

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rbox

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As usual, this WILL void your warranty and I am NOT responsible for anything you do with this. Installing it properly won't brick your Fire TV, but doing stupid things with it might.

First, you must be unlocked. You can follow the instructions here for making that happen.

If you are first starting, you should first unlock, then install this ROM, and THEN install Magisk for root or any other addons. This rom uses addon.d to preserve Magisk and any other addons, but any system modifications like Magisk, gapps, etc, that you have installed prior to this ROM will NOT be preserved.

If you've already unlocked and installed Magisk, then after installing this ROM you need to reinstall Magisk in TWRP.

Beyond that, Magisk and any other addons will be preserved as you flash newer roms. Consequently, if you would like to remove root, you will need to wipe /system in TWRP prior to installing this ROM. That will prevent it from being restored when installing the ROM.

WARNINGS

  • It is extremely important you never reboot after a failure. If recovery is hung, you can use adb shell to run
    Code:
    killall recovery
    to restart it
  • It is also extremely important to never reboot after wiping /system.
  • If you wind up bricking, you will most likely have to follow the original unlock instructions again to get it recovered.


Thanks to @k4y0z, @xyz`, and @hwmod for the unlock.

Changelog and Downloads:
 
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2WhlWzrd

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To be clear on this part of the first post;
This rom uses addon.d to preserve Magisk and any other addons, but anything you've installed prior to this ROM will NOT be preserved.
Installing this ROM will wipe our data, and the stick will be as new on the first boot. Except for anything we else have installed after the ROM in TWRP?
 

rbox

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My "tank" did recieve 5.2.6.9 am i good to roll back to your rom? And is there anything that would be useful that i could dump off of mine while it is on 5.2.6.9?

Yes, I've heard other people rolled back to .8 just fine. No. I have the .9 rom, I'm just waiting to see if they issue a new one or start rolling it out in force.
 
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it say prerooted. but had to install magisk and manager apk. what does this mean? it will stay rooted forever? like when update or factory reset? do ota updates work? the small ones or full update. be still root? or will update by new flashing new rbox rom update.
 

xenyz

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Hey @rbox thanks for everything including this new prerooted rom.

My question: is there a difference between firmware for the second gen stick and the Fire Stick 'Basic Edition', or are all the differences set server-side by Amazon? As far as I know it's the same hardware, but different software loaded on the device, depending on the device (but not the hardware?)
 
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hwmod

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Fire TV Stick Basic (tank) post 5.2.6.9 incremental updates

Yes, I've heard other people rolled back to .8 just fine. No. I have the .9 rom, I'm just waiting to see if they issue a new one or start rolling it out in force.

I can confirm that the 5.2.6.9 OTA update seems to be in "on-hold" state.
I downgraded my stick to 5.2.6.8 since a week ago and I haven't been able to update to 5.2.6.9 in this week.
Also of note the fact that it seems Amazon is going to start again with incremental updates instead of full package updates.
I notice that after the first-time update to 5.2.6.9 I have received 19 incremental updates (files in .apk format) which I carefully captured just in case.

Attached to this message I uploaded the complete set of the 19 files update grouped in 2 different sets (apk1 and apk2).
The first set was found in the /cache directory while the second set was captured from /sdcard/Android/data/com.amazon.device.software.ota/files/.

Here is the file list preview of contents found in the linked archive:
Code:
  Length      Date    Time    Name
---------  ---------- -----   ----
 19689856  02-17-2019 14:06   apk1/15.17.3.1.0.DigitalMusicAndroid3P-fireOS-partner-release-signed.apk
 76775507  02-17-2019 14:07   apk1/AlexaMobileAndroid-2.2.237036.0-prodPhoenix-armeabi-v7a-release-signed.apk
 21624784  02-17-2019 14:07   apk1/ATVAndroidFOS5TabletClient-release-prodSigned_241062110.apk
 26805735  02-17-2019 14:07   apk1/com.amazon.gallery-fireTablet-release-signed-536543210.apk
 13155243  02-17-2019 14:07   apk1/FreeTimeApp-fireos-fireos-release-signed.apk
 11480109  02-17-2019 14:07   apk1/MASClientPlatter-tabletFos5-release-signed111.apk
  3333353  02-17-2019 14:07   apk1/MayDayApk-fireOs-release-user-signed.apk
 11613292  02-17-2019 14:06   apk1/OOBE-armeabi-v7a-release-signed_3.apk
   598325  02-17-2019 14:07   apk1/signed_Cloud9ContentService-release.apk
  7772927  02-17-2019 14:07   apk1/signed_DadetAndroidClient-fireOS5-release.apk
 49037037  02-17-2019 14:07   apk1/signed_KindleForAmazonTablet-fos-release-14.15.136_1224836010_1.3.203908.0.apk
  3489261  02-17-2019 14:07   apk1/signed_KindleStoreAPKv2-app-tablet-fireOS5-release.apk
  1281070  02-17-2019 14:07   apk1/signed_NIMH-release1.apk
  9296991  02-17-2019 14:07   apk1/signed_UnifiedSearchGen7-release_701.apk
  6445765  02-17-2019 14:14   apk2/AudibleFireTabletApp-release-signed-2060150110.apk
 50597344  02-17-2019 14:14   apk2/com.amazon.cloud9.apk
  6495028  02-17-2019 14:14   apk2/com.amazon.cloud9.kids.apk
  8032262  02-17-2019 14:14   apk2/FireLauncher5-release.apk
 22877139  02-17-2019 14:14   apk2/MShopAndroidPhoneApp-16.0.222504.0-firefly-release-releasesigned.apk
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350401028                     19 files
Download post_5.2.6.9_incremental_updates.zip for Fire TV Stick Basic (tank)

Have fun.

.:HWMOD:.
 

rbox

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Hey @rbox thanks for everything including this new prerooted rom.

My question: is there a difference between firmware for the second gen stick and the Fire Stick 'Basic Edition', or are all the differences set server-side by Amazon? As far as I know it's the same hardware, but different software loaded on the device, depending on the device (but not the hardware?)

I don't know what the Basic Edition is. @AFTVnews.com, do you know?
 
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k4y0z

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Hey @rbox thanks for everything including this new prerooted rom.

My question: is there a difference between firmware for the second gen stick and the Fire Stick 'Basic Edition', or are all the differences set server-side by Amazon? As far as I know it's the same hardware, but different software loaded on the device, depending on the device (but not the hardware?)

I don't know what the Basic Edition is. @AFTVnews.com, do you know?

From what I understood, the basic-edition is the same hardware but comes without Alexa.
 
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rbox

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From what I understood, the basic-edition is the same hardware but comes without Alexa.

If it's the same hardware, then it's very likely you'd be able to flash a tank software build on it. But I wouldn't recommend trying that unless there was a stock amazon image you'd be able to flash back to incase something bad happens.
 
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2WhlWzrd

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I can confirm that the 5.2.6.9 OTA update seems to be in "on-hold" state.
I downgraded my stick to 5.2.6.8 since a week ago and I haven't been able to update to 5.2.6.9 in this week.
Also of note the fact that it seems Amazon is going to start again with incremental updates instead of full package updates.

It also could be that the most notable change to the interface, the app pinning feature. Seems to viewed by a lot of users as an epic fail.
Maybe they are rethinking the change.
 

AFTVnews.com

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I don't know what the Basic Edition is. @AFTVnews.com, do you know?

Fire TV Stick Basic Edition is identical hardware to Fire TV Stick 2 "Tank". I see no reason why the tank ROM would not work on the Basic Edition stick.

The main issue is that Basic Edition Sticks have different system apps (or possibly just a flag set somewhere with the same system apps), such as Amazon Video, which are meant to be used by international Amazon accounts. If someone flashed a US rom on a Basic Edition stick, there is a chance they will no longer be able to access Amazon Video (and other default services/features) using their international Amazon account. They might not even be able to log into the device with an international Amazon account.

Worst case scenario, as I see it, is if you flash a US tank rom on a Fire TV Edition Stick (codenamed "Dozer", btw), you basically turned it into a US stick and need to now deal with the consequences of using US hardware abroad. I don't know what all of those consequences are.
 
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ing.mcp

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Fire TV Stick Basic Edition is identical hardware to Fire TV Stick 2 "Tank". I see no reason why the tank ROM would not work on the Basic Edition stick.

The main issue is that Basic Edition Sticks have different system apps (or possibly just a flag set somewhere with the same system apps), such as Amazon Video, which are meant to be used by international Amazon accounts. If someone flashed a US rom on a Basic Edition stick, there is a chance they will no longer be able to access Amazon Video (and other default services/features) using their international Amazon account. They might not even be able to log into the device with an international Amazon account.

Worst case scenario, as I see it, is if you flash a US tank rom on a Fire TV Edition Stick (codenamed "Dozer", btw), you basically turned it into a US stick and need to now deal with the consequences of using US hardware abroad. I don't know what all of those consequences are.

thats correct, the basic edition is the international stick so if you have lets say an amazon prime subscription from Mexico, and you use that amazon prime account on a us stick wile been in Mexico it wont work its ip restricted, so unless you are not using any amazon ip related subscriptions i don't recommend using the us rom , (the basic edition its easily recognizable by its smaller controller )
 
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