Install apps on Fire TV without Amazon App Store

The Problem

Again and again it happens that you like an app or even a certain newer version of an app, which is not available through the Amazon App Store, but you would like to have it on your Fire TV. This is possible in principle by a so-called SideLoad, but not quite as easy as from the Amazon Store. Of course, the user must be aware that installing Android apps bypassing the Amazon App Store is risky, but manageable. Because the Android OS separates apps from each other quite effectively, so that no undesirable side effects occur.

There are several methods, two of which are chosen here. First of all, the Fire TV has to be prepared for the installation of external apps:

Prepare the Amazon Fire TV for later direct installation of apps

Make a note of the IP-Adress of your Fire TV.  You find it on your Fire TV über Home -> Einstellungen -> Gerät -> Info -> Netzwerk.  Die Ziffernfolge dort brauchst Du später für die Installation – z.B. 192.168.178.43

Apps unbekannter Herkunft zulassen

Home -> Settings -> Device -> Developer options -> Apps from Unknown Sources -> ON

ADB-Debugging an

Home -> Settings -> Device -> Developer options -> ADB-Debugging -> ON

USB-Debugging ON (optional)

(You only need this when Amazon Fire and your PV are not in the same Network and you have to use USB to connect both of them)

Home -> Settings -> Device -> Developer options -> USB-Debugging -> ON

Uninstall an already existing app with a different version

For the installation to be possible, an already existing version of the same app must be uninstalled.

Go to Home – > Settings ->Applications – Manage Installed Applications

Select the App to be uninstalled -> Uninstall -> Uninstall

(This is also done directly with the tools of the two methods described below)

Alternative A: Installation with Apps2Fire from your Android SmartPhone

Installation is very easy if you have an Android SmartPhone or Tablet. From this it is very easy to push any app that is already installed there on the Amazon Fire. This happens in the following steps: (a) Installation of Appt2Fire on your Android Smartphone or Tablet

Visit the Google Play Store and search Apps2Fire (Original) from Koni

Install, Open and connect to your Fire TV:

Go to Settings and enter the IP address of your Fire TV, which you have noted before. If there is a problem with the connection to the fire, please check this IP address again.

A particular convenience of the Apps2Fire app is the possibility to search for the device in the net by clicking on the magnifying glass. A network search is started. Simply select the device and the IP address is so easily taken over.

Install UlangoTV 2.0 from the Google Play Store on your SmartPhone / Tablet. Go to the Play Store and search for “ulangotv2”. If you found UlangoTV IPTV Explorer 2.0, install this app.

Now go to the tab “Local Apps” and look for the entry UlangoTV 2.0 (tv.ulango.ulangotv2). Click and Install. A popup should be “Info – Installation successful – UlangoTV 2.0”. That’s it!

Alternative B: Installation with the PC Program adbLink

First install the latest version of the adbLink application on your Windows, Mac or Linux PC.
Search for “adblink jacola” with your browser. The link to jacola.com should be in the first place.

Go there and look up the corresponding links for download for the operating system of your PC.

AdbLink 3.1 for Windows Mirror
AdbLink 3.1 for OS X 10.7 or greater Mirror
AdbLink 3.1 for x86_64 Linux Mirror

I have put no links here intentionally, as these should always be ta from the website jacola.com. Follow the instructions for installing adbLink on your OS Variant.

After the start, the connection to your Fire TV must first be established. If you have started the latest version 3.1, just go to the “Ad Hoc IP” field and enter the IP-Address that you wrote down in the preparation. Then Connect. In the window above, “Connected devices” should show your IP address and “Connection status” should be “IP connection”.

Now you are ready for an installation of the APK to the Fire TV.

Download the APK from our website on your PC: http://apk.ulango.tv/20
There should be a single .apk file on your PC. Please do not unpack! (Windows users may have to make the file extensions visible through the File Explorer to distinguish directories from individual files)

Now click on “Install APK” in adbLink. Navigate to the APK file you just downloaded. After opening and answering the popup with “yes” the installation starts. Final message should be “APK (s) installed”

Transfer the App UlangoTV to the Home menu -> Current

To make sure that the app does not always have to be started from the Manage Installed Applications on Fire TV, it is convenient to transfer the app to the Home -> Current menu.

Go to the Home -> “Your Apps & Games” menu. This menu may be empty – doesn’t matter. Go to the end of this menu. There is either nothing or “All displays”. Press and hold the Home button until either a grid with all the installed apps appears, or until a screen appears, with which you can normally switch to sleep mode. Just click on the apps icon on the left and the grid with all installed apps appears. Search the yellow / blue / magenta diamond symbol of UlangoTV. Start the app. This brings the app to the first position of the Home menu -> Current and can be restarted very easily next time.

 

 

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Updates on UlangoTV for Amazon Fire TV and Samsung SmartTV

update

Betatest UlangoTV on Amazon Fire TV

We are overwhelmed by the response to our app on the Amazon Fire TV devices. Although the app is still in testing stage we were able to climb the first places in the Amazon store for important keywords relating to IPTV.

In the last update we have first done a lot for the stability. For this purpose we have implemented, like we did for the Samsung SmartTV devices, an anonymous monitoring, which gives us information about the quality of the streams. We use this information to improve and adapt the selection of the streams to the specific hardware.

Changes

  • Bug fix: avoid termination for unknown video states
  • Feedback at the start of a stream
  • Implementation of an anonymous Stream Quality Monitoring

Plans for the near future

  • Support for other protocols in streaming player and better stability
  • Definition of playlists from within the app

UlangoTV on Samsung SmartTV – J-Series (Tizen)

Unfortunately, again, Samsung changed the installation of user apps. After the update of the J-Series to  the 1422 firmware, installation of apps via USB no longer functions. Apps can now be loaded only directly from the Samsung App Store or with the Samsung SDK for developers.

We recommend our customers to postpone upgrading the firmware for Tizen.

We strive to get our app officially into the Samsung App Store as soon as possible.

UlangoTV on other Android Devices

So far UlangoTV been tested only on TV boxes. We are working hard to offer UlangoTV on other Android devices like tablets or smartphones. Schedules, we can not call now.

UlangoTV on other OSes

We get lots of requests for Ulango TV on other operating systems (IOS, Linux, LG, Sony, Philips, etc). Unfortunately, we are still very limited in our development capabilities currently and need to focus on a few platforms. So no promises on this issue.

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