Originally Posted by dropzone7
Stupid question alert. Is it possible to upgrade XBMC versions from within the XBMC interface? I installed the program on my FireTV using my Android phone before and while it wasn't too bad I have sort of forgotten the process and it seems it would be so much easier to do through the program itself or an add-on.
Only linux really has this, and not builtin . . . OpenElec does a great job in this regard, but even linux distros can usually make use of an add-on that does this. It doesn't work for windows, osx, ios, or android afaik
However, for this and other similar sideload apps on android I do things a little differently than lulimet described (though lulimet's description is also a perfectly good way to do it)
What I do is download the apk files for my sideload apps (like XBMC) to my server. This doesn't have to be a server, but I'd assume you already have one if you are running XBMC on a Fire TV. I put them on a shared folder that I give full non-passworded access to (I put other downloads here as well like repos, skin zips, advancedsettings files, etc)
Then just use ES File Explorer to copy the file from the share to your /sdcard/Downloads folder on your android device. It's available in the play store and on the Amazon Android store
. It might be preferred since you can add network shares inside an android app and browse them like you would on a windows box. Everything can be done in the app gui
Whichever way you get it to your sdcard, just browse to that area on your firetv and select the apk . . . it will tell you there are no new permissions and ask if you are sure you want to install it. Not as nice as auto-updating like other apps will, but not too hard either