If you enjoy using the Amazon Fire TV set-top box and have sideloaded Android apps such as Kodi media center and others, and wish there was an easy way to see the icons on the home screen.
You might be interested in a new application that has been created called FireStarter that allows you to customise the Amazon Fire TV home screen to suit your preferences, and allows you to view all the icons for the applications you have installed on the set-top box.
FireStarter can be installed without the need to root the Fire TV and provides a launcher replacementfor Amazon FireTV that is open source and available via GitHub.
FireStarter features include :
• Completely configurable actions for startup-, home-button-single-click or home-button-double-click.
• Default: Starts itself on FireTV-Startup.
• Default: Starts itself when Home-Button is single-clicked.
• Default: Starts amazon home when Home-Button is double-clicked (actually does nothing as amazon home is the default action for home-button clicks).
• You can e.g. start Kodi on double-click and FireStarter on single-click.
• Also possible is to keep up the default behaviour (” – No Action – “) on a single-click (amazon home is starting) and to open e.g. FireStarter on a double-click.
• Lists all user-installed apps including sideloaded / adb installed apps.
• Apps can be easily sorted by click-drag-and-drop (long-click to start drag-and-drop).
• Apps can be hidden from app drawer (see settings).
• Possibility to change the time of no action the FireTV waits to go to sleep.
• Possibility to import / export settings.
• Show system and device informations like Android-Version, Build-Version, Hostname, WiFi- / WLAN Name (SSID), IP Adress and Uptime.
• Automatic update mechanism.
At the current time it has been noted by some users that the FireStarter app will not function with Fire OS 5, although you can expect this to be fixed very soon. For more details on the FireStarter app jump over to the XDA website located here.