Firefox for Fire TV and Echo Show will be discontinued
Mozilla revealed that it will end support for the organization's Firefox web browser for the Amazon products Fire TV and Echo Show on April 30, 2021.
The mobile version of Firefox landed in 2017 on Amazon's App Store and users could install it to use the web browser on the device. Amazon did launch its own Chromium-based browser Silk Browser around the same time. Mozilla's browser became a popular choice for Fire TV owners who wanted to watch YouTube, as a Google-Amazon dispute blocked official YouTube apps on the device. Firefox was used to access YouTube and play videos.
Eventually, Google and Amazon came to an agreement and the official YouTube app landed on Fire TV devices.
Tip: if you don't want to be bombarded with video ads in the official YouTube app, check out our guide on watching YouTube without ads on Fire TV.
Firefox for Fire TV has more than three times as many user ratings as Amazon's own browser, and it is ranked before Amazon's browser in web browsers and free apps & games.
A visit to the Firefox for Fire TV page on Amazon's App store informs users that support for the mobile browser has ended:
Firefox has ended support for Amazon Fire TV. This app may continue to work, but it wonâ€™t receive security or other updates effective April 30, 2021.
A support page on Mozilla's Knowledgebase,
not available in English, provides additional information on the decision; here are the essentials:
- Starting on April 30, 2021, Fire TV owners cannot install Firefox anymore on the device using the App store. The same is true for reinstalling the browser if it is installed already.
- The browser can still be used on the Fire TV device, but it is not supported, and won't receive feature updates or security updates anymore.
- On Echo Show, users will be redirected to Amazon's Silk browser automatically.
Fire TV users may sideload the Firefox web browser for Fire TV after April 30, 2021, e.g. by downloading the latest version from the official GitHub page. Other mobile browsers that are compatible with Fire TV may also be installed on the device.
As a Fire TV 4K owner, I have installed and used Firefox on the device, but just a few times when I needed to access a Live Steam or website on the Fire TV device that was not accessible otherwise. Others may have used Firefox more heavily, but it appears that usage was too low for Mozilla to continue supporting the mobile browser.
Now You: do you use a Fire TV device? What is your take on Mozilla's decision?
I don’t allow any Amazon or Google electronics in my home. Period.
Beyond the obvious privacy issues, Amazon’s products are reported to be extremely dangerous:
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The more you dig, the more you learn about the hazards of Amazon products.
I’d use an iPhone, if their OS and policy wasn’t so horrible. They don’t allow any other browser engines than Safari. They don’t allow sideloading apps. There is not a browser that can block all the ads, pop ups and trackers like Kiwi on Android can install extensions from the Chrome Web Store.
What’s more there are many 3rd party apps that are really powerful and useful to me and I can’t do without them.
For me using iPhone would be like having to race Usain Bolt and right before the race they break my knees and still want me to race him.
“A support page on Mozilla’s Knowledgebase, not available in English, provides additional information”
It is available in English:
Firefox’s downfall continues.
Nonsene. The last feature update was two years ago. So who are you going to tell that this changes anything? Such a typical troll comment. And of course from a user with the pseudonym “Anonymous”, no surprise.
Tom’s right. The anti-Firefox and anti-Mozilla trolls on gHacks are such sad people and would really benefit from doing something productive in their lives. I rarely even read the comments sections now because of their nonsense, and I also simply visit gHacks much less because of it (I found a couple better sites without such hate-filled losers trolling all the time). That hurts gHacks because I have ads enabled on this site, and so the less I use gHacks, the less revenue they generate.
+1 Tom and Douglass (esp. about frequenting this site less).
I never saw a “Douglass” or a “Trent” contributing anything useful here. I don’t even know who you are, and I assume that this is also the case with any other reader.
I recognize Iron Heart’s name because all I ever see them post here is negative trash about stuff they don’t like, mostly Firefox. There are lots of programs I don’t like, so I just don’t use them. I don’t go around ranting in every post about them that comes up; that’s just really sad. Don’t people like that have anything better to do?