It was tough piecing together all the instructions to install stbemu pro on Fire TV 4k. Here’s my current working process:
- Install stbemu pro apk. Several ways:
- Easiest: Download from Aptoide.
- NOTE for 4k Firestick (or maybe never devices): You must use 1.1.7 (which is not on the above Aptoide link). Download from modapkdown or dlandroid.com.
- Download from random sites using google. Good luck!
- Extract it yourself.
- Enable Settings > Device > Developer options > Unknown sources > ON.
- Enable Settings > Device > Developer options > ADB > ON.
- Find IP of Fire TV. It will look like 192.168.X.X. Two ways:
- Check the router for amazon-HASH device’s IP address.
- Open Fire TV’s About > Network to look for IP address field.
- Install ADBlink for PC or MAC.
- Open ADBlink, put your IP address in the field, and hit Connect.
- NOTE: You will need to accept this connection on the Fire TV. You should see a popup there.
- Once connected, choose “Install APK” from buttons. Select the APK downloaded in step #1.
- Finally, your app icon may not show on the home screen. Follow this tutorial. Steps outlined below:
- Choose Settings > Applications > Manage Installed Applications > App Store > Force stop, Clear data, Clear cache one after another.
- Choose Settings > My Account > Sync Amazon Content.
- You should have an icon under “Your apps and games” section for stbemu.
- It may be at the end. Here’s how to bring it front:
- Highlight stbemu icon. Choose options button on remote and “Move to front”.
- Protip: Make stbemu run on Fire 4k boot.
Just wanted to keep a log of complaints with my LG G6. Things a person wouldn’t know until they buy it.
- – Default message limit means your messages will start getting automatically deleted in the background after the limit reaches. I’ve lost so much history this way.
- – No flash on low battery. At least give me the option to use flash in low-battery mode.
- – Low light or over-sharp photos. This is probably a problem with almost every phone ever.
- – Android 8 is not coming I think. Promised at launch. It’s been over a year.
- + Knock to start or wake immediately after it goes dark is awesome.
I’ve used Android phones most of my smartphone life. I started with Google’s G1, then came Google Nexus 5, Google Nexus 5X, Samsung Galaxy, LG G6. I’m very familiar with the Android ecosystem. I’ve dabbled with plenty of ROMs, like CyanogenMod, Cataclysm, etc. Along with my regular smartphone usage, I’ve developed apps for both Android and iOS. My only exposure to iOS has been an iPod Touch before smartphone days and my development experience with the emulators
Recently, I was given the opportunity to use an iOS device, iPhone SE, since MetroPCS offered free ones on no-contract signup. I figured I should give it a shot for a few months. I want to detail some pros and cons for both ecosystems.
- + More customizable: the home screen, widgets, launcher, unknown source apps, etc.
- + Better notifications system. Ability to dismiss things easily enough compared to iOS. Notification groupings! Reply within notifications. Etc!
- + Awesome integrations with lots of password managers. Personally I prefer LastPass to keep them synchronized with all my devices.
- + Change default apps for anything.
- + Consolidated Google Now to keep up with appointments, shipments, NBA/NFL scores, news. Automatically pieced together from my emails.
- + Google Assistant able to pick up any accent you can throw at it. My family has thick Punjabi/Indian accents.
- – Slow and inconsistent apps. Seem like second citizens compared to iOS apps from the same brands/app-makers.
- + Faster apps loads with better graphics
- + Smooth camera operation
- – Annoying notifications seem to never go away. Tough to dismiss all of them.
- – No integration with password managers like LastPass. Each app has to subscribe to specific password managers. In other words, no app ever happens.
- – Limited browsers. Every browser runs the Webkit backend, so if a website is broken in your browser, you’re out of luck.
- – Default iOS keyboard has no swiping. And it will keep coming up for apps that don’t want to use custom keyboards (i.e. Contacts, almost all the iOS apps, any financial app, logins/passwords). Inconsistent and NO thanks!!!
TLDR: I can’t wait to go back to my “slow yet complete” smartphone that is Android.