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Sichelnes

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Hi, great work!

I have one question comming from an iPad: Is there any way to implement 1:1 the same iOS-like Gestures while disabling the button bar on the bottom of the screen with Nova-Launcher?

Therefore, it would be easy to adapt for an iPad-user and screen usage would increase too.

PErhaps someone can help me out there or has already a good solution which is working fine?
 

Tomdarkness

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May 15, 2011
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Having the exact same issues with the HD 10 (not plus) received today. Can't get the custom launcher to work and the play services install fails with the same "Bad user number" error.

Edit: Tried it again and it worked. This time I had the tablet unlocked and screen on - maybe try that and see if it works?
I've received a brand spanking new HD 10 Plus today. Oddly though FTB recognizes it as "Amazon Fire HD8 (2018)" though 🤔
Is this posing any issues when going through the process of "fixing" this tablet (going with the standard recommended settings)?

Also, when trying to install the Nova launcher as well as Google Keyboard I've gotten the same error (sideloading was already enabled):

Any solutions or ist this a big in the current version v26.1?


EDIT:
And I've just gotten another error message (4 times!) when trying to install google services

Any solutions to that?

EDIT 2:
While the Device ID in the bottom left has changed it still is not correct as this is a "plus" and FTB shows it as "Amazon Fire HD 10 (2021)".
The Fire OS Version - according to FTB Device Information - is 7.3.1.9. And I don't know if this is normal since this is my first Fire tablet but shockingly the Security Patch version appears to be 2018-10-05. Over 3 years old for a 2021 model tablet? Surely this can't be right, can it?

EDIT 3:
After manually changing the USB connection on the tablet from "No Data Transfer" to "Data Transfer" (that's both direct translations from what it says for me on the tablet in German - I've tried to change the tablet's language to English to see what it says but whenever tapping on "Keyboard and Language" - "Languages" I'm just getting pushed back to the Device Options menu...) I now was able to install google services without an error message. Same for the custom launcher.

EDIT 4:
Manually selecting apps to disable in the Manage Amazon Apps section... there is no "Run" or "Execute" button. So I'm not entirely sure if simply selecting apps is enough already to disable them.
 

lewmur

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Sorry for being off topic but this is the best place I could think of for my question. I have a "test" tablet that I've succeeded in getting LOS 19 to run. But, as of now, there are no gapps available for Android 12. So my question. What apks do I need to install playstore and in what order to install. Thanks in advance for any help.
 

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Sorry for being off topic but this is the best place I could think of for my question. I have a "test" tablet that I've succeeded in getting LOS 19 to run. But, as of now, there are no gapps available for Android 12. So my question. What apks do I need to install playstore and in what order to install. Thanks in advance for any help.

Well, these are the ones @Falcon342 has suggested most recently for the Fire tablet, but they may not match your architecture. If they don't work, your best bet is to search sites like ApkPure or ApkMirror and select the apk's that fit your hardware.
 
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glaadar

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Using the 11th gen firehd10plus. I'm trying to complete the initial tablet setup using the tool, however when I try to install the google portion of the initial setup the google play services portion errors out. So far after searching around I've done the following to attempt to remedy the error(all with no success) - i've uninstalled program on pc and rebooted the tablet to factory default, rebooted pc/tablet, deleted the apk files on the pc and tried reinstalling them, removed vanced from my google. I couldn't find any other solutions on the web for this so I'm asking here now. What should I do to remedy this?
any ideas?
 

Eiion

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Aug 2, 2015
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Having the exact same issues with the HD 10 (not plus) received today. Can't get the custom launcher to work and the play services install fails with the same "Bad user number" error.

Edit: Tried it again and it worked. This time I had the tablet unlocked and screen on - maybe try that and see if it works?
As mentioned in one of my edits, after changing the USB connection to transfer data I was able to install launcher and g-services ;-)
I'm already using it fully set up and am considering getting one myself I like it that much (as this one is for my technically inept senior parents).
 

lewmur

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I havent had luck manually installing the Google Services apk's on LineageOS, usually something will continuously crash until you uninstall it,

NikGApps is available for Android 12.
(NikGApps-S or Android S should be Android 12 (Snow Cone) builds)
If you use the canary release, do you still need to create a folder and modify the nikgapps.conf file?
 

Zhark12

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Dec 25, 2021
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I'm sorry to be up on this thread and ask this question again, but no one has ever gave me a clear answer. Is there any way we can root the Fire Tablet or downgrade it? One of these ways can let me be able to use a default launcher on my fire tablet. If I root, I can uninstall the Fire Launcher. If I downgrade, I can change it with the toolbox. Is it even possible to make a way to do one of these things?
 

Tea-Shirt

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hey guys. did you think a future version of fire tool can handle the 7.3.2.2 fire os on my fire 2021

the lcok screen adds are horrible and the default amazon launcher give me a stroke =(


works perfectly fine on my hd 8 with 7.3.1.6 :(((
 

blaacksheep

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I'm sorry to be up on this thread and ask this question again, but no one has ever gave me a clear answer. Is there any way we can root the Fire Tablet or downgrade it? One of these ways can let me be able to use a default launcher on my fire tablet. If I root, I can uninstall the Fire Launcher. If I downgrade, I can change it with the toolbox. Is it even possible to make a way to do one of these things?

No one answered you because as of now there is no way to do either of those things. Sorry.
 
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blaacksheep

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hey guys. did you think a future version of fire tool can handle the 7.3.2.2 fire os on my fire 2021

the lcok screen adds are horrible and the default amazon launcher give me a stroke =(


works perfectly fine on my hd 8 with 7.3.1.6 :(((

All you can do is hope that someone comes up with a new way around the new restrictions in 7.3.2.2. Well, that is unless you would like to take up the charge and figure out a new way to circumvent those restrictions yourself.

Edit: Oh yeah, see below. :giggle:
 
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bigboolean

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So I used Fire Toolbox on my HD 10 (Gen 11), and for some reason I can't disable the Fire Launcher. Is it because I have the latest version of Fire OS? I'm currently using V26 of the toolbox.
 

manyxda

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My first post here. I actually got 7.3.2.1 on HD 10 for $75 on a Black Friday sale but let it go on WIFI and "update" to 7.3.2.2 because I had not read this forum! Now my heart is filled with self-reproaches.

My greatest worry is that still worse things might come down the "upgrade" pipeline. Some questions.

1. Is it true that the only way to block future updates is to ban the server addresses at the router?

2. Corollary to 1, is there no way to institute the ban in the device itself? (Similar to listing the addresses after 127.0.0.1 in hostfile.)

3. If from outside (e.g. a cafe) the device tunnels back to my own router (through OpenVPN, Wireguard etc., assuming these will install on the device), will the ban at the router still work? Or will the device override the tunneling and connect to update servers?

4. Where is the most complete list of the addresses to ban? I found this list (a previous page of this post):


Thanks very much!
 
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manyxda

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4. There is a few lists around this thread, but besides that your best bet would probably be to collect them from your device,

Thank you.

By "tunneling to my router" I meant a VNP server set up on my router (as you point out).

Could you expand on "collecting [the update server addresses] from your device" (quoted above)? How could I do that?
 

Marcus4Aspern

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I've received a brand spanking new HD 10 Plus today. Oddly though FTB recognizes it as "Amazon Fire HD8 (2018)" though 🤔
Is this posing any issues when going through the process of "fixing" this tablet (going with the standard recommended settings)?

Also, when trying to install the Nova launcher as well as Google Keyboard I've gotten the same error (sideloading was already enabled):

Any solutions or ist this a big in the current version v26.1?


EDIT:
And I've just gotten another error message (4 times!) when trying to install google services

Any solutions to that?

EDIT 2:
While the Device ID in the bottom left has changed it still is not correct as this is a "plus" and FTB shows it as "Amazon Fire HD 10 (2021)".
The Fire OS Version - according to FTB Device Information - is 7.3.1.9. And I don't know if this is normal since this is my first Fire tablet but shockingly the Security Patch version appears to be 2018-10-05. Over 3 years old for a 2021 model tablet? Surely this can't be right, can it?

EDIT 3:
After manually changing the USB connection on the tablet from "No Data Transfer" to "Data Transfer" (that's both direct translations from what it says for me on the tablet in German - I've tried to change the tablet's language to English to see what it says but whenever tapping on "Keyboard and Language" - "Languages" I'm just getting pushed back to the Device Options menu...) I now was able to install google services without an error message. Same for the custom launcher.

EDIT 4:
Manually selecting apps to disable in the Manage Amazon Apps section... there is no "Run" or "Execute" button. So I'm not entirely sure if simply selecting apps is enough already to disable them.
That really helped! The desciptopn on the first page should be updated with the USB - data transfer setting and that the language must be English (doesn´t work with german language selected!)
 

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....

EDIT 4:
Manually selecting apps to disable in the Manage Amazon Apps section... there is no "Run" or "Execute" button. So I'm not entirely sure if simply selecting apps is enough already to disable them.

Sure there is an "Apply" button:

Select.jpg


Hopefully you found it and all is working as expected. :) If not, the Toolbox doesn't work right with any font size settings other than the default 100%. If you set it to 125%, that part of the image might get cut off. In that case you'll need to either set up another user profile on your computer with default font size settings to run Toolbox under, or change the settings for your current profile.
 

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    Last edited 5-13-2022

    What to do about F/W v. 7.3.2.2

    So your Fire tablet has the latest firmware update on it (v7.3.2.2) and Fire Toolbox won't do what it's supposed to. All is not lost. I've collected some workarounds that will keep Amazon at bay. The three main problems are:

    1) You can't stop Automatic updates.

    2) You can't get rid of the lockscreen ads.

    3) You hate the Amazon Launcher, but Amazon won't let you change it permanently.


    Once those three problems are addressed, you pretty much have your tablet back. The Toolbox will still work for all the other things you want modify. First, get your tablet set up with Toolbox, install Google Services, and install the launcher you want. (Make sure to select "Enable Widget Support".) We'll take care of the Amazon Launcher later. So let's get started with the 3 main problems.

    1) Automatic updates.

    We need to stop the tablet from contacting Amazon to update it's firmware. We can no longer disable the service that does this, BUT, we can interfere with it's ability to contact the server from which it gets its updates. On a computer, we would modify the hosts file and block the addresses of the update servers. On an Android device, we need root access to do that, but there is an alternate way of adding things to the hosts file - with a VPN. We'll use a free and open source ad blocking VPN app to do this. The app is called DNS66 and it's available through F-Droid. You need to make sure this is always running to be protected from updates. Luckily, android has a feature to assist us in this. It's called "Always On VPN" and we need another app to access the hidden setting for this. We'll use "Activity Launcher" to get to this setting. Activity Launcher is available from Google's Play Store.

    Download DNS66 to your computer from f-droid.org or from the attached file, copy it to your tablet and install it. Also go to the Play Store and install Activity Launcher. Finally, get the Amzn_Blcklist.txt that's attached to this post and copy that to your tablet. The blocklist file must remain on your tablet, so put it somewhere where it won't get deleted. I suggest in the root of your internal storage. (/storage/emulated/0)

    Open DNS66. There are a couple settings that must be changed. On the Start tab, turn on "Watch Connection". (All 3 switches should now be on.)
    View attachment 5603483
    Now go to the Hosts tab. Tap the "+" in the lower-right. Under Title, type "Amazon Blocklist". Tap the paper clip on the next line. Navigate to the Amzn_Blocklist.txt file you downloaded earlier and select it. Now tap "Done" in the upper-right. You should now have the first and last entry on the displayed list selected.
    View attachment 5603487
    Now go to the Apps tab. Turn on "Show System Apps". Tap the gear under the Show System Apps switch and select "No Apps". All the switches below that should now be off.
    View attachment 5603489
    You can optionally set your own DNS servers on the next screen if you'd like. I like to turn on Custom DNS Servers, deselect the German ones that are pre-selected, and then turn on the last two servers (CloudFlare).
    View attachment 5603491
    This can also be done with Toolbox making this step unnecessary. Now go back to the Start tab. Tap "Start". It will notify you that it wants to connect to a VPN. Tap Yes or OK and allow it. You're almost done. Now Launch Activity Launcher. Tap the magnifying glass in the upper-right. Enter "VPN". One setting should appear called "VPN".
    View attachment 5603495
    Tap it. Tap the gear on the end of the DNS66 line. Turn on Always-on VPN. Turning on the other switch makes Google Services think you are disconnected, so leave that one off. Step one accomplished.

    Notes:

    DNS66 takes several seconds before it gets started when you first boot, so it is possible that the tablet will make a DNS query for the update server or the lockscreen ad server before it loads. Best practice is to turn off WiFi before you power down or reboot.

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    2) Lockscreen Ads.

    It turns out, that blocking those update servers also blocks your tablet from getting any lockscreen ads! No further action is needed. I stopped investigating this because I chose to disable the lockscreen completely. If you want to do that, you can do it in Toolbox, or in Activity Launcher that you just installed. Launch Activity Launcher. Tap the magnifying glass. Type in "screenlock". Now tap the last item (.password.ScreenLockSuggestionActivity). Select None and you're done.

    Notes:

    It has come to my attention that when disabling your PIN, it may still ask you for a PIN by Parental Controls for some settings or activities. I would suggest if you're going to disable your PIN, to first set it to something simple like 0000, reboot it, and then disable the PIN. That way you'll know what PIN you set if it suddenly asks you next month for your PIN.

    Another way to disable lockscreen ads is detailed Here.

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    3) Amazon Launcher.

    The way we're going to get rid of the Amazon Launcher is by not calling it! We're going to replace the Home button with another button that we can map to any launcher we'd like. This isn't a perfect solution, but it is FREE. If you're willing to spend a couple bucks, you can purchase a more configurable gesture navigation app with more features, but this is FREE, so maybe you can accept it's shortcomings. I'll keep this post updated with other navbar replacements that people suggest.

    Go to the Play Store. Get and install "One Button Navigation". Launch it. It will want you to turn on Accessability Service for it. Follow the on-screen instructions and turn on "One Button Navigation Bar". You'll see your new nav button at the bottom of the screen. I like to adjust the width down to a dot, like the button it's replacing, but that's up to you. I also like to make the background black and the botton bright yellow so that I'm reminded it's running. Set up the background and button colors as you like them. Yeah, I know the ads in this are obtrusive, but you'll never see them once it's set up. Also DNS66 will block the ads if you install that first.
    View attachment 5603497
    Next tap the Action tab. Tap "Single Click". Scroll down and select "Launch Application...". Select the launcher that you installed with Toolbox here. In my case, it was Nova 7. (Google updated the Nova version that Toolbox installed.) Now you can set any other actions you'd like for the new button.
    View attachment 5603499
    I didn't want anything additional, so I made the gestures similar to the original buttons. This is all up to you. You can reverse them or set additional functionality to the button. I ended up with a new navbar that covers the original navbar (the one with the home button that brings up the Amazon Launcher). I now have a button that when pressed, takes me to my launcher. When I swipe it left, it goes back a screen. When I swipe it right, it shows the recents. I spent a lot of time with other navbar replacements and this is the minimalist replacement that works best for me. YMMV. Before someone complains that it doesn't work in landscape mode, I'm not the developer. You should rate it and leave a comment for him! This is the best I could find that does what I want for FREE.

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    I'll edit this post with your suggestions for better solutions to these problems and keep a list of navbar replacements that people suggest at the end so you can find what works best for you.


    ----------------------------------------------------------
    Some Suggested Navigation Bar replacements:
    ----------------------------------------------------------

    One Button Navigation Bar by Nu-Kob (PlayStore)

    Pie Control by coolAce (PlayStore)

    Simple Control by coolAce (PlayStore)



    The DNS66 file is from F-Droid.org dated March 26, 2021
    The Activity Launcher is from APKMirror.com dated March 21,2022
    Hi! This is a phenomenal post, and I thank you for going into so much detail. I just have one question about one thing.

    For the VPN workaround, I already use NordVPN which has a kill-switch feature that disables the internet on my device when the VPN is not running (I have not tried this with my amazon tablet). If I already have this, do I still need to (or am advised to) download DNS66?
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    Hi! This is a phenomenal post, and I thank you for going into so much detail. I just have one question about one thing.

    For the VPN workaround, I already use NordVPN which has a kill-switch feature that disables the internet on my device when the VPN is not running (I have not tried this with my amazon tablet). If I already have this, do I still need to (or am advised to) download DNS66?

    The only reason to run DNS66 is to get access to the hosts file it uses and add a blocklist so the tablet can't get updates. Android (and FireOS) only allows you to run one VPN at a time, so if you're using a real VPN, then it won't be possible to run DNS66 at the same time. If NordVPN allows you to modify the hosts file you can add the sites listed in the Amzn_Blklst.txt file to Nord and have the best of both worlds. If not, then you must choose to either block those addresses at your router, use DNS66 and lose the benefits of a true VPN, or run Nord and let the tablet update at will (uggh).
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    If not, then you must choose to either block those addresses at your router, use DNS66 and lose the benefits of a true VPN, or run Nord and let the tablet update at will (uggh).
    Wait, so I can use my Web Filter (Domain Blocking) on the router to block the updates? I didn't even think of that lol.
    Just went and made some changes into my router, but I'm unsure if I should try and deactivate the DNS. Eh, at least I have some assurance in case the DNS stops.
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    Download DNS66 to your computer from f-droid.org or from the attached file, copy it to your tablet and install it.
    How do I copy it? I'm new to this stuff.
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    Last edited 5-13-2022

    What to do about F/W v. 7.3.2.2

    So your Fire tablet has the latest firmware update on it (v7.3.2.2) and Fire Toolbox won't do what it's supposed to. All is not lost. I've collected some workarounds that will keep Amazon at bay. The three main problems are:

    1) You can't stop Automatic updates.

    2) You can't get rid of the lockscreen ads.

    3) You hate the Amazon Launcher, but Amazon won't let you change it permanently.


    Once those three problems are addressed, you pretty much have your tablet back. The Toolbox will still work for all the other things you want modify. First, get your tablet set up with Toolbox, install Google Services, and install the launcher you want. (Make sure to select "Enable Widget Support".) We'll take care of the Amazon Launcher later. So let's get started with the 3 main problems.

    1) Automatic updates.

    We need to stop the tablet from contacting Amazon to update it's firmware. We can no longer disable the service that does this, BUT, we can interfere with it's ability to contact the server from which it gets its updates. On a computer, we would modify the hosts file and block the addresses of the update servers. On an Android device, we need root access to do that, but there is an alternate way of adding things to the hosts file - with a VPN. We'll use a free and open source ad blocking VPN app to do this. The app is called DNS66 and it's available through F-Droid. You need to make sure this is always running to be protected from updates. Luckily, android has a feature to assist us in this. It's called "Always On VPN" and we need another app to access the hidden setting for this. We'll use "Activity Launcher" to get to this setting. Activity Launcher is available from Google's Play Store.

    Download DNS66 to your computer from f-droid.org or from the attached file, copy it to your tablet and install it. Also go to the Play Store and install Activity Launcher. Finally, get the Amzn_Blcklist.txt that's attached to this post and copy that to your tablet. The blocklist file must remain on your tablet, so put it somewhere where it won't get deleted. I suggest in the root of your internal storage. (/storage/emulated/0)

    Open DNS66. There are a couple settings that must be changed. On the Start tab, turn on "Watch Connection". (All 3 switches should now be on.)
    DNS66-start.jpg

    Now go to the Hosts tab. Tap the "+" in the lower-right. Under Title, type "Amazon Blocklist". Tap the paper clip on the next line. Navigate to the Amzn_Blocklist.txt file you downloaded earlier and select it. Now tap "Done" in the upper-right. You should now have the first and last entry on the displayed list selected.
    dns66-hosts.jpg

    Now go to the Apps tab. Turn on "Show System Apps". Tap the gear under the Show System Apps switch and select "No Apps". All the switches below that should now be off.
    dns66-apps.jpg

    You can optionally set your own DNS servers on the next screen if you'd like. I like to turn on Custom DNS Servers, deselect the German ones that are pre-selected, and then turn on the last two servers (CloudFlare).
    dns66-dns.jpg

    This can also be done with Toolbox making this step unnecessary. Now go back to the Start tab. Tap "Start". It will notify you that it wants to connect to a VPN. Tap Yes or OK and allow it. You're almost done. Now Launch Activity Launcher. Tap the magnifying glass in the upper-right. Enter "VPN". One setting should appear called "VPN".
    actlaunch-vpn.jpg

    Tap it. Tap the gear on the end of the DNS66 line. Turn on Always-on VPN. Turning on the other switch makes Google Services think you are disconnected, so leave that one off. Step one accomplished.

    Notes:

    DNS66 takes several seconds before it gets started when you first boot, so it is possible that the tablet will make a DNS query for the update server or the lockscreen ad server before it loads. Best practice is to turn off WiFi before you power down or reboot.

    ----------



    2) Lockscreen Ads.

    It turns out, that blocking those update servers also blocks your tablet from getting any lockscreen ads! No further action is needed. I stopped investigating this because I chose to disable the lockscreen completely. If you want to do that, you can do it in Toolbox, or in Activity Launcher that you just installed. Launch Activity Launcher. Tap the magnifying glass. Type in "screenlock". Now tap the last item (.password.ScreenLockSuggestionActivity). Select None and you're done.

    Notes:

    It has come to my attention that when disabling your PIN, it may still ask you for a PIN by Parental Controls for some settings or activities. I would suggest if you're going to disable your PIN, to first set it to something simple like 0000, reboot it, and then disable the PIN. That way you'll know what PIN you set if it suddenly asks you next month for your PIN.

    Another way to disable lockscreen ads is detailed Here.

    ----------



    3) Amazon Launcher.

    The way we're going to get rid of the Amazon Launcher is by not calling it! We're going to replace the Home button with another button that we can map to any launcher we'd like. This isn't a perfect solution, but it is FREE. If you're willing to spend a couple bucks, you can purchase a more configurable gesture navigation app with more features, but this is FREE, so maybe you can accept it's shortcomings. I'll keep this post updated with other navbar replacements that people suggest.

    Go to the Play Store. Get and install "One Button Navigation". Launch it. It will want you to turn on Accessability Service for it. Follow the on-screen instructions and turn on "One Button Navigation Bar". You'll see your new nav button at the bottom of the screen. I like to adjust the width down to a dot, like the button it's replacing, but that's up to you. I also like to make the background black and the botton bright yellow so that I'm reminded it's running. Set up the background and button colors as you like them. Yeah, I know the ads in this are obtrusive, but you'll never see them once it's set up. Also DNS66 will block the ads if you install that first.
    obn-set.jpg

    Next tap the Action tab. Tap "Single Click". Scroll down and select "Launch Application...". Select the launcher that you installed with Toolbox here. In my case, it was Nova 7. (Google updated the Nova version that Toolbox installed.) Now you can set any other actions you'd like for the new button.
    obn-act.jpg

    I didn't want anything additional, so I made the gestures similar to the original buttons. This is all up to you. You can reverse them or set additional functionality to the button. I ended up with a new navbar that covers the original navbar (the one with the home button that brings up the Amazon Launcher). I now have a button that when pressed, takes me to my launcher. When I swipe it left, it goes back a screen. When I swipe it right, it shows the recents. I spent a lot of time with other navbar replacements and this is the minimalist replacement that works best for me. YMMV. Before someone complains that it doesn't work in landscape mode, I'm not the developer. You should rate it and leave a comment for him! This is the best I could find that does what I want for FREE.

    ----------



    I'll edit this post with your suggestions for better solutions to these problems and keep a list of navbar replacements that people suggest at the end so you can find what works best for you.


    ----------------------------------------------------------
    Some Suggested Navigation Bar replacements:
    ----------------------------------------------------------

    One Button Navigation Bar by Nu-Kob (PlayStore)

    Pie Control by coolAce (PlayStore)

    Simple Control by coolAce (PlayStore)



    The DNS66 file is from F-Droid.org dated March 26, 2021
    The Activity Launcher is from APKMirror.com dated March 21,2022
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    Hi, any updates? Thanks

    Yeah, the tablet arrived on schedule, and I allowed it to update to the latest firmware, although it was already on 7.3.2.2. I wanted to start with the worst case scenario that a new person would encounter. Boy, they put a lot more restrictions on it. I've got the update problem solved, and I've got the lockscreen ads solved - both with the same method. I've got 5 URL's blocked that solve both problems. You can do it with an open source VPN type ad blocker that lets you add your own lists to it's hosts file. It's now time to move on to the launcher problem and how to make a free replacement navbar behave like the original navbar and assign the home button to a new launcher. So far I've downloaded and run quite a few free ones, but they all want money to remap the home button. I'm still fooling around with several more before I give up and just use a gesture navbar replacement. I'm also starting to write up my experience to post for anyone that wants to explore this further.

    It's taking longer than expected because I can only work on it for an hour or two a day before my head feels like it's going to explode! o_O Give me a little more time. When I'm done, I think it will be worth the wait. Thanks for being patient. :)
    3
    Yeah, the tablet arrived on schedule, and I allowed it to update to the latest firmware, although it was already on 7.3.2.2. I wanted to start with the worst case scenario that a new person would encounter. Boy, they put a lot more restrictions on it. I've got the update problem solved, and I've got the lockscreen ads solved - both with the same method. I've got 5 URL's blocked that solve both problems. You can do it with an open source VPN type ad blocker that lets you add your own lists to it's hosts file. It's now time to move on to the launcher problem and how to make a free replacement navbar behave like the original navbar and assign the home button to a new launcher. So far I've downloaded and run quite a few free ones, but they all want money to remap the home button. I'm still fooling around with several more before I give up and just use a gesture navbar replacement. I'm also starting to write up my experience to post for anyone that wants to explore this further.

    It's taking longer than expected because I can only work on it for an hour or two a day before my head feels like it's going to explode! o_O Give me a little more time. When I'm done, I think it will be worth the wait. Thanks for being patient. :)
    I like this navbar, it can hide itself or stay on and the buttons can be customised however you want, including the launching of an app like a custom launcher, works well for me with the default navbar hidden by the toolbox on my son's Kindle Fire HD 7. There's lots of other customisation options too and it's a free app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ace.jun.simplecontrol
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    For tablets running on 7.3.2.2 I've seen many references to what is called the "homekey re-routing method" without actually being able to find the instructions on how to do it.

    Could someone please direct me to the right page? Thank you.

    That method is in Toolbox as the last of 4 methods (and the only one available on the new 7.3.2.2 f/w) under Custom Launcher when you select your launcher of choice. It is pre-selected if you have that firmware, and has to be run again each time the tablet is rebooted. Thank you Amazon!
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    Hi, new to this forum and first of all thanks for all this amazing work!
    I might have missed it but is there anyway to still use the prime video app and app store after the flash and custom nova OS? For me the native amazon apps kinda stopped working and im not able to login to "sync".

    Hi and welcome to XDA.

    You will need to re-enable a few Amazon apps. First, uninstall any apps from the Google playstore that replace Amazon built-in apps. They won't work anyway. Next, use Toolbox and go to 'Manage Amazon Apps' > 'Manual' tab > 'Simple (Recommended)' > 'Restore Apps' tab. tick the boxes next to any functionality that you want to restore and also include 'Shop Amazon'. You'll need that to sign in once. You probably want 'Amazon Prime Video', 'Amazon Appstore', and 'Shop Amazon'. Then click 'Restore Selected'. On the tablet, open 'Shop Amazon'. It'll ask you to sign in. Once signed in, you will no longer need it. 'Prime' and 'Amazon Appstore' will now work.
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    Fire Toolbox V27.0

    All-In-One Toolbox for Fire Tablets!
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    The Fire Toolbox is a collection of useful ADB (Android Debug Bridge) tweaks that can be applied to Amazon's Fire Tablets. The Toolbox project aims to help users fully customize and unlock the full potential of their tablets by putting all the power into their hands.
    The Toolbox doesn't touch the system partition meaning all changes made can be reversed either through the tools/subtools themselves or through a factory reset. This means the Toolbox does NOT void your warranty.

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    IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING FIREOS 7.3.2.2+ AND THE TOOLBOX (PLEASE READ)

    If your tablet is running FireOS 7.3.2.2 or above please note that some functions of the Toolbox may not work due to new restrictions in the new firmware. The following tools either do not work or have limited functionality:

    • Custom Launcher - Launchers can no longer be set as default, and the homekey re-route method must be reapplied after rebooting or shutting down the device.
    • OTA Updates - OTAs can no longer be disabled.
    • Lockscreen Ads Remover - Ads can no longer be removed from the lockscreen.
    • Manage Amazon Apps - Some system apps can no longer be disabled.

    We're looking into workarounds to the issues detailed above. Please keep an eye on the forum for further development.

    Device Name:
    Generation:
    Amazon Fire 10/10+ (2021)
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    Amazon Fire 8/8+ (2020)
    10​
    Amazon Fire 10 (2019)
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    Amazon Fire 7 (2019)
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    Amazon Fire 8 (2018)
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    Amazon Fire 10 (2017)
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    Amazon Fire 8 (2017)
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    Amazon Fire 7 (2017)
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    Amazon Fire HD8 (2016)
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    Amazon Fire HD10 (2015)
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    Amazon Fire HD8 (2015)
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    Amazon Fire HD7 (2015)
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    Amazon Fire HD7 (2014)
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    Amazon Fire HD6 (2014)
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    In this forum, you may hear the word "generation" being used when talking about Fire Tablets. Just know that "generation" effectively means the same as "what year was the tablet manufactured?". This may seem confusing and as a result a reference table has been provided for you below.

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    Getting the Toolbox up and running with your tablet is surprisingly a very easy procedure. The only thing required is for you to enable Developer Options and ADB on your tablet. So, without further ado, let's get started.

    At this point, please read the section below, and make sure to follow the correct guide that is made for your tablet on how to set up the device so it works with the Toolbox.

    FIRE HD 7, 8, 10 (2018 - 2021) Guide:
    Before purchasing the tablet:
    • Make sure you uncheck the "Link device to your Amazon account to simplify setup" box before Adding to Cart. (See this screenshot, credits go to @ancientrael)

      if the box remains checked, your tablet will automatically update to the latest version of FireOS the second it auto-connects to your wifi.
    Booting the tablet for the first time:
    • Wait for your tablet to fully boot up for the first time (may take a few seconds to minutes).
    • When it boots, it will ask you for the language you'd like the OS to use. Select your prefered language.
    • Tapping the blue arrow at the bottom of the screen, you'll be asked to connect to a WIFI network.
    • Select ANY network from the list (even if you don't know the password).
    • Once it asks for the password, tap the "Cancel" button and it will take you to the previous screen with the Wifi networks.
    • At the bottom of the screen, you should now see a "Skip Setup" button, go ahead and tap that.
    • It will now ask if you're sure you want to skip fire setup. Just tap "Skip" once more.
    • You should immeditely be thrown into Fire Launcher. You're now ready to enable USB/ADB Debugging.
    Enabling USB Debugging:
    • Turn on your tablet and go to Settings > Device Options > About Fire Tablet and tap on the Serial Number until you unlock Developer Options.
    • Press the back button and find the new Developer Options and toggle it on.
    • Scroll down till you find USB Debugging and enable it.
    Setting up the drivers:
    If you are on Windows 10 or Windows 11 you do NOT need to following this guide because Windows will setup the needed drivers by default automatically. All you need to do is plug your tablet in and Windows will take care of the rest. Please wait until these drivers are fully installed before laucnhing the Toolbox for the first time.
    • Download the latest version of the Toolbox from the Downloads section of this page and install it onto your PC.
    • Plug your tablet into the computer, and Windows will start installing the MTP drivers. It will also attempt to install the ADB driver but will fail. (This is normal and to be expected)
    • Launch the Toolbox, and it should detect your Windows version and inform you that further driver setup is required. It will then ask you if you'd like the Toolbox to download and install the drivers.
    • Click the "Yes" button, wait for the download to finish and follow the driver setup. If this for some reason doesn't work, please follow this guide to manually install the drivers.
    • At this point, If drivers are setup properly... the Toolbox will inform you that the "device isn't authorized. Please authorize your device now."
    • On your tablet, you should see a new prompt asking if you want to Allow USB Debugging and should show the computer's RSA key fingerprint. Tick the box that says "Always allow from the computer" and hit ok.
    That's it, the Toolbox should recognize your tablet and will take you to the main menu. Enjoy!

    FIRE HD 6, 7, 8, 10 (2014 - 2017) Guide:
    Before purchasing the tablet:
    • Make sure you uncheck the "Link device to your Amazon account to simplify setup" box before Adding to Cart. (See this screenshot, credits go to @ancientrael)

      if the box remains checked, your tablet will automatically update to the latest version of FireOS the second it auto-connects to your wifi.
    Booting the tablet for the first time:
    • Wait for your tablet to fully boot up for the first time (may take a few seconds to minutes).
    • When it boots, it will ask you for the language you'd like the OS to use. Select your prefered language.
    • Tapping the blue arrow at the bottom of the screen, you'll be asked to connect to a WIFI network.
    • Select ANY network from the list (even if you don't know the password).
    • Once it asks for the password, tap the "Cancel" button and it will take you to the previous screen with the Wifi networks.
    • At the bottom of the screen, you should now see a "Skip Setup" button, go ahead and tap that.
    • It will now ask if you're sure you want to skip fire setup. Just tap "Skip" once more.
    • You should immeditely be thrown into Fire Launcher. You're now ready to enable ADB Debugging.
    Enabling ADB Debugging:
    • Turn on your tablet and go to Settings > Device Options and tap on the Serial Number until you unlock Developer Options.
    • Find the new Developer Options and toggle it on.
    • Scroll down till you find ADB Debugging and enable it.
    Setting up the drivers:
    If you are on Windows 10 or Windows 11 you do NOT need to following this guide because Windows will setup the needed drivers by default automatically. All you need to do is plug your tablet in and Windows will take care of the rest. Please wait until these drivers are fully installed before laucnhing the Toolbox for the first time.
    • Download the latest version of the Toolbox from the Downloads section of this page and install it onto your PC.
    • Plug your tablet into the computer, and Windows will start installing the MTP drivers. It will also attempt to install the ADB driver but will fail. (This is normal and to be expected)
    • Launch the Toolbox, and it should detect your Windows version and inform you that further driver setup is required. It will then ask you if you'd like the Toolbox to download and install the drivers.
    • Click the "Yes" button, wait for the download to finish and follow the driver setup. If this for some reason doesn't work, please follow this guide to manually install the drivers.
    • At this point, If drivers are setup properly... the Toolbox will inform you that the "device isn't authorized. Please authorize your device now."
    • On your tablet, you should see a new prompt asking if you want to Allow USB Debugging and should show the computer's RSA key fingerprint. Tick the box that says "Always allow from the computer" and hit ok.
    That's it, the Toolbox should recognize your tablet and will take you to the main menu. Enjoy!

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    • ADB Shell - Spawn a Unix shell that can be used to communicate with the device and execute commands.
    • Custom Launcher - Replace Fire Launcher with a custom launcher.
    • Enable Widget Support - Enable widgets on supported launchers.
    • Custom Sounds - Set custom sounds for notifications, lock/unlock events, low battery, and more!
    • Density Modifier - Change the value of pixels per inch to either decrease or increase resolution.
    • Restore Default Density - Restore the factory default density.
    • Google Assistant - Replace Amazon Alexa with Google Assistant.
    • Google Services - Install Google Services and the Play Store.
    • Google Services (Manage)
    • Add/Remove Google Accounts
    • Clear Data/Cache for Play Services
    • Uninstall Play Services
    • Hybrid Apps - Sideload Amazon Appstore apps without having the Appstore enabled.
    • Keyboard and Input - Manage other input methods and install custom keyboards.
    • Lockscreen Wallpaper - Replace the lockscreen's wallpaper with a custom one.
    • Manage Amazon Apps - Manage the Amazon apps installed on your tablet.
    • Hide/disable Amazon Apps - Hide and Disable Amazon apps through presets or manually select apps.
    • Restore Amazon Apps - Completely restore every Amazon app or manually select apps to restore.
    • Modify System Settings -
    • Power Options - Reboot, shutdown, reboot into recovery, or reboot the tablet into bootloader mode.
    • Parental Controls Hide - Installs a service that auto-dismisses messages from Parental Controls.
    • Privacy Controls - Disable telemetry collection of app usage data, interest based ads, etc.
    • Push and Pull
    • Push - Transfer files from your computer to your tablet.
    • Pull - Retrieve files from your tablet and transfer them to your computer.
    • Remove Lockscreen Ads - Remove ads from the lockscreen.
    • Screen Capturing - Record the device's screen, or capture a screenshot.
    • Sideload Apps - Install APKs from sources outside of the Amazon Appstore.
    • System Backup
    • Backup - Create a backup of the current system configuration.
    • Restore - Restore system configuration from a previously created backup.
    • User Management (8th gen and above)
    • Create a User - Create a new user.
    • Delete a User - Delete a toolbox created user.
    • Switch Users - Switch the current user to a different Toolbox created user.
    • YouTube Clients - Install third-party Youtube clients.

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    Version
    Installer (.exe)
    Portable (.zip)
    Update Post
    VirusTotal
    V27.0​
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    Other Downloads:
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    Custom Navigation Bar Icons​
    Navigation Bar Modifier​
    Toolbox Changelogs​
    N/A​

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    V25.2​
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    V24.0​
    Download​
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    *Halloween Edition​
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    V20.0​
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    V19.0​
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    V18.0​
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    V17.0​
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    If you like my work and would like to support me feel free to Donate. Thank you!
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    How can I run the Toolbox on Linux?
    The Toolbox is currently being developed for Linux systems in the Python programming language. If you'd like to see the progress of the port, you can do so at this link.
    Please be patient with me as the Linux port is being developed in my spare time and may take some time to complete. However, as the port progresses some builds will be released to those who'd like to help test alpha builds. More information on this later down the line.
    However, at the moment, the best way to run the Toolbox on Linux is to use VMWare and emulate Windows.

    How can I remove a Google Account from my tablet?
    Because of the missing accounts section in the Settings app it will be a little more difficult to remove Google Accounts directly from the tablet. The easiest way that I've found is to visit this page: https://myaccount.google.com/security, sign-in to your Google Account, scroll down to "Your Devices" and click the "Manage devices" button. From the list of devices find your tablet and in the upper right-corner click the 3-dot icon and from the list select "Sign out".

    Can the Toolbox be used to root my tablet?
    Primarly, rooting a Fire Tablet requires the user to open the back of the device and short out a certain point on the motherboard. The Toolbox has been designed for folks who'd rather not bark down this alley. It uses the power of ADB to make changes, and is meant to be an alternative to rooting. In summery, the Toolbox isn't designed to root.

    The Toolbox is being marked as a virus?
    This is likely because the Toolbox (and it's installer) aren't signed with a software license. This freaks Windows out because it sees that there is no publisher, and as a result it displays a warning (smartscreen). In addition, some anti-viruses might also flag the Toolbox as a virus simply because the build is relatively new and there is no record of it in the anti-viruses database, resulting in a false positve.
    As always, I take your security and privacy VERY seriously! If you do not feel safe with installing the Toolbox due to virus concerns, I respect and support your decision. It is always up to the user and their judgment! :D

    Google Family Link won't work on my tablet?
    Unfortuently, no matter how hard we try, we still haven't been able to get Family Link to work correctly on the tablets. The Family Link app fails to install, and the Child account refuses to login. No matter what we tried, we couldn't get a Child account to work on the tablets.
    We believe this has to do with missing dependecies, and the tablets not being certified through Google's Play Protect platform. We're still activly looking into getting the issue resolved. Until then, it's recommended that you use an alternative such as Amazon's FreeTime, Eyezy, or another third-party family managing software.
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    I'd also like to take the time to acknowledge today as a very special day for this project! Today marks the 3RD YEAR anniversary of the project!!! 😄 🎉🎉

    It seems like only yesterday, that the first version of the Toolbox was released! It's just crazy to think that it all started in 2019, as a very simple batch file program designed solemnly to remove lock screen ads, and has grown into what it is today! If you're interested in what started it all, I'd highly recommend checking out this post. It dives a little more into the Toolbox's background and it's beginnings!

    I just wanted to THANK YOU all from the bottom of my heart for making the last 3 years so memorable! If it wasn't for the amazing support and this wonderful community, the project would've died a long time ago! You guys are the fuel that feeds the Toolbox's development!

    Through this project, I've gotten to meet some wonderful people that I'd consider to be good friends:
    @Davy49, @Tailborn, @Falcon342, @blaacksheep, and of course you (the one reading this)!

    So, where does the Toolbox go from here? Well, I suppose the next step would be to bring the Toolbox to more platforms! Currently, the Toolbox is being ported to other platforms using the Python programming language, and PySimpleGUI. I've also been asked if the Toolbox Python port will ever become open-source, and I think the answer is most likely yes. Big things are planned for the Toolbox this year, and I hope you'll join me on this journey!

    HERE'S TO THE TOOLBOX'S 3RD YEAR ANNIVERSARY!! 👏:D
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    What's going on, guys?

    I sincerely hope everyone is doing good, and having a wonderful December so far!

    Today marks the release of V26.0 of the Toolbox! So, without further ado... let's take a look at what this release has to offer!

    Welcome, Welcome, Welcome... Screen!​

    You know, every time I run a build for the first time I go through the Theme Selector, then the Tour, and then the Welcome Screen. I just think to myself "this is just a mess" - so in this update I thought I'd focus on improving it and making it better. I started by re-designing the Welcome Screen and doing my best to link all three tools into something that looked visually appealing. Now, in a tabbed interface you'll find the Setup Tour in the very first tab, Theme Selection (with a new UI) in the second, Installation Management in the third, and finally in the fourth the Changelog.

    Now let's talk specifically about the Installation Management tool. This bad boy now has the ability to read installations from directories other than the default (localappdata\Datastream). So, if you've got your installations in a custom location, and you'd like to manage them, it's now possible to point the path to that location. This should help make managing installations a lot easier!

    Custom Launchers on FireOS 7.3.2.2​

    As some of you may know, I bit the bullet and updated my tablet to the latest version of FireOS... to the dreaded 7.3.2.2. This update, from what I heard, caused the Custom Launcher and disabling OTAs tools to no longer function and after updating, I soon discovered that it was indeed the case. I then tried everything I could think and well really didn't turn up any valuable workarounds... until I tried the method we'd been using on older gen devices... and it worked! Of course, just like on the older gens, it has the drawback of being removed every time the device is rebooted. However, it's the only method I could find, so it's better than nothing, right?

    Anyway, while coding it in I decided to take the liberty of also clean up the code, and the UI a bit. What's cool is the tool will now read what generation your tablet is, and display what methods are available to use. You'll also find that the initial method selection UI is a lot more usable compared to its previous iteration.

    Change the Timeout for the Display?​

    Ah, the latest addition to the General group in the Modify System Settings tool. This subtool not only allows you to alter the timeout to traditional values, but also allows you to set a custom timeout. Want your screen to sleep after 24 hours of inactivity? This one's for you folks who want to extend the timeout as much as you can. Just be careful, it may cause a burn-in if your tablet's screen remains on the same screen for too long!

    Let's Talk Linux Port Stuff​

    I guess the point of this section is to ask you guys if you're ok with updates to the VB version being slowed down, so I can focus more on the port? I'd also like to address a common question I get asked about it being open-source. Right now, I'm planning on it being closed-source for now. However, I am planning on making it open-source when I feel like the time is right. Please be patient! So, let's get back to the original question... are you guy's ok if I shift primary focus to the port?


    Wait, that's not everything! If you're interested in everything that's changed... please take a look at the changelog below:
    Version 26.0 - Changelog

    [Welcome Screen]
    • Updated the user interface.
    • Added better installation detection to the Installation Management subtool.
    • You can now specify what directory the Installation Management subtool will scan to detect installations.
    • Improved the look of the Theme Selector.
    • Fixed a bug causing the Startup Tour to not load tools correctly.
    [Device Information]
    • Fixed chipset information not displaying for some tablets due to a renamed string in getprop.
    [Theme Selector]
    • Moved the Theme Selector to the Welcome Screen.
    [Custom Launcher]
    • Improved the UI.
    • Made significant improvements to the code, and fixed various bugs/issues.
    • Added Re-route Homekey option for tablets running FireOS 7.3.2.2+.
    [Modify System Settings]
    • Added the ability to change the "Display Timeout" to the General tab.
    • You can now set a custom Display Timeout of up to 24 hours.
    [Lockscreen Management]
    • Improved the warning regarding the Pattern security type.
    [Hybrid Apps]
    • Updated Disney+, and Netflix to the latest versions.
    [Manage Amazon Apps]
    • When restoring from a debloat list, it now displays the proper header and message.

    Ready to download V26.0? Head on over to the Download's section of the OP. By the way, because of some directory changes to the bin folder... the update will not show up in the Updater. It must be installed via the Installer or extracted from the Portable release.

    Ok, my favorite part about of these release posts... sharing appreciation for you awesome folks! I just wanted to say I'm so blessed to be a part of the wonderful community over here on XDA. You guys are incredible people and in fact... this is perhaps the one place I've been on that I don't see negativity or people bullying one another. You guys are just AMAZING and I wanted to let you know that I appreciate everyone's support! Furthermore, you guys are what keep this project going, and it wouldn't be where it is today without you guys! So please pat yourself on the back - you deserve it!

    Also, I'd like to place the limelight on my good friends @blaacksheep, and of course @Falcon342. I just can't express how much I appreciate all you've done for this thread! I haven't had the time to get on here because of work and when I come on the forum I see you guys helping out and answering questions. I really do appreciate the time and effort you two have put into being so freaking helpful! However, I've got to be honest, I'm extremely sad because I feel like I'm not doing enough. I'm sure you guys would like a little help (I'm gonna try harder to be more active on here when I can to hopefully help you guys out). Anyway, thank you guys again!! I really do appreciate it!!!!

    Also, don't think I forgot about you donators! I just want to say I'm so honored that you'd donate your hard-earned cash. Sometimes I feel like I don't deserve it. Guys and gals, THANK YOU so much for donating! I really do appreciate every penny! :D

    This year has flown by and Christmas is right around the corner, so I just wanted to say MERRY CHRISTMAS and I hope you all had a remarkable 2021! Let's hope 2022 is an even better year! 🙏

    Well, that's all I've got for now! Have a good one, guys, and until next time... Peace! ✌️
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    Well, I guess it's finally time to explain myself. You see, ever since Christmas I've been mostly radio silent. Well, this is attributed to Covid running rampant in my parent's household after Christmas. My whole family besides a few were infected (myself included) with the Omicron variant. We are just barely coming out of it, and life is slowly going back to normal. Just wanted to let you guys know where I've been, as I've seen comments (not on this forum) stating that the project is dead, and I've given up on it... that is simply not true. We will press on, and development should start moving forward once more! Again, thank you to @Falcon342, and @blaacksheep for carrying the torch as always! I do appreciate it! :D