FireStarter Lets You Customise Your Amazon Fire TV Home Screen

FireStarter Lets You Customise Your Amazon Fire TV Home Screen

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.

List of Samsung Devices Which Will Get Android Marshmallow

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Google has unveiled its latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system, which should see the light of the day alongside the new Nexus devices which are expected to launch next month.

If you’re a user invested in any Samsung device, you must be wondering if you’re device is eligible to get the upgrade. Well, Samsung has confirmed to the folks at Slashgear the list of devices which will receive Android 6.0 Marshmallow update.

The list includes most of the recent devices, including the Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy S6 and a few more. Here’s a complete list of devices which will get Android 6.0 Marshmallow:

  • Galaxy Note 5
  • Galaxy S6 Edge+
  • Galaxy S6 Edge
  • Galaxy S6
  • Galaxy S6 Duos
  • Galaxy Note 4
  • Galaxy Note 4 Duos
  • Galaxy Note Edge
  • Galaxy Tab A
  • Galaxy Alpha

It’s worth mentioning that this isn’t the final list and there’s a possibility that Samsung may alter the list in the future, adding more devices to it, or removing some. It’s likely that we may get to see the new operating system land on mid-range handsets in the future, we’ll update you as soon as there’s any other information.

Galaxy S6 Edge+ review: Samsung’s great, big, unnecessary phone

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Good news! Although it seems like Samsung is delving back into old habits by launching a slew of different phone models just because it can, I’m happy to report that the Galaxy S6 Edge+ is not simply more cannon fodder. It’s a fantastic phablet device with a vibrant 5.7-inch display, a stellar 16-megapixel camera, and curved edges that are sure to turn some heads. Overall, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ is simply another example of Samsung’s phone-making magic. That might sound hyperbolic, but considering the Edge+ is its fourth hit in a row, it seems completely fitting.

Simply put: It’s a bigger S6 Edge

I’m really into the curved edge design that Samsung’s got going on. It took me a while to warm up to it on the Galaxy S6 Edge, but those curved edge garnered so many compliments out in the wild—especially from iPhone users.

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Yes, iPhone users like this look.

The edges are even better on the Galaxy S6 Edge+ precisely because it’s bigger. The curve on this size feels more natural than on the smaller Galaxy S6 Edge. It’s also so much easier to type out emails and read the Gawker comments (my favorite after-work activity) on a 5.7-inch display. Sometimes, the S6 Edge is a bit too small, and then I have to find my tablet somewhere in the house to get some reading done. Tablets are great, but they can’t go everywhere with you; a bigger phone like the Edge+ works better in a jam.

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That gold is glorious.

The Edge+ has all the same trimmings as its smaller predecessor: volume buttons on the left, power button on the right, headphone jack and speaker grill on the bottom, and a fingerprint sensor embedded in the Home button. My review unit of the Edge+ came in gold and it looks so similar to the Galaxy S6 Edge, I often confused the two.

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I really couldn’t tell the difference between the two, especially when they’re the same color.

I still can’t grip the Edge+ as well as the 5.1-inch Galaxy S6 Edge, but I’m not as afraid of dropping it as I was during my initial hands-on with the device. Its larger size actually makes me more cognizant of its existence in my Big Bag of Things, and it’s not as easy to lose while shuffling through all my stuff. If you’re a multi-tasker with a big bag who wants the bigger screen, the Edge+ will suit you well. But if you’re looking for a phone to keep quiet in your pocket through most of the day, I’d avoid this size altogether.

Just like the rest of the family

Inside, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ is virtually identical to the Galaxy Note 5, and shares most of its internal components with the smaller Galaxy S6 Edge, too. The Edge+ runs on a 2.1GHz octa-core Exynos 7420 chip and 4GB of RAM, the extra bit of which really does help with device performance. It also features a 3000mAh battery pack and is available in 32GB and 64GB variants.

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This is a powerful device.

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According to PCMark, it’s also well suited for everyday tasks.

In our benchmarks, the Edge+ was speedy, responsive, and performed on par with the rest of Samsung’s top-end phones of this year. If you’re curious to see the full performance rundown of the device, I broke it out into its own separate article here.

I’m satisfied with the Exynos 7420’s performance overall, but I still have some hesitation about what TouchWiz will do to the device over time. I have had software slowdown issues with the Galaxy S6 Edge, which were made worse by its RAM management issues. I haven’t experienced any hiccups with the Edge+ yet, but I’ve also only been wielding it for about a week or so.

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The S6 Edge+ can get you through a day of lots of smartphone tasks.

At the very least, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ will get you through an entire day of smartphone-ing. That means checking email, snapping photos, and making a phone call to order a pizza because your favorite place still doesn’t take online orders. The Edge+ was on standby most of the time I was fiddling with the Galaxy Note 5, and I was surprised at how many days it managed without needing a charge. I got down to about 12% on the last half of the third day. I don’t like to worry about whether my phone is eating up juice while it’s dormant in my bag, and fortunately that’s not the case with the Edge+.

It’s also a camera

I’m starting to sound like a broken record here, but like its siblings, the Edge+ features a rear-facing 16-megapixel camera and a front-facing 5-megapixel one. It’s the same fantastic camera sensor that’s in the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, and Note 5, and it’s another reminder that Samsung has one of the best smartphone cameras on the market.

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A few shots with the Galaxy S6 Edge+.

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The Edge+’s photo-taking abilities were on par with its counterparts.

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The Edge+’s low-light performance was also similar to its counterparts. The f/1.9 aperture really helps it in dimly lit situations.

The Edge+ also features all the new camera fixings of the Galaxy Note 5, including live YouTube broadcasting, video collages, and a few new manual controls. You can read more about those camera features here.

Nothing special about TouchWiz here

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The Edge+ lets you dock app shortcuts in the curved area of the screen.

Unfortunately, Samsung didn’t do much more to TouchWiz this time around—at least in terms of slimming it down. It’s still the same blue-hued interface that’s featured on all the rest of the Galaxy devices, and you still have to contend with apps that you can’t delete taking up space on the device.

On the bright side, Samsung bundled in some new features in the Edge+ you might actually find useful, including the new sound enhancing mode called Ultra High Quality Audio (UHQA), and the ability to dock app shortcuts in the edge of the Edge+’s display. The audio enhancement ability is available on the Galaxy Note 5 as well, though the Edge features are specific to the Edge+.

Okay, so did we really need it?

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Is this curved phablet something you want?

I don’t believe we need the Galaxy S6 Edge+—not with the Galaxy Note 5 existing alongside it. But that’s what Samsung wants: for you to want its product regardless if you need it or not. That’s how Apple roped in its iPhone users, and that’s how Samsung hopes to appeal to the Android-using crowd with its curved devices. I wish that Samsung would have launched the 5.7-inch version of the Edge earlier in the smartphone season, but at the very least it’s attempting to establish the idea that it too is capable of luring in smartphone users, just like Apple does.