Mozilla is end Firefox Support for the Amazon Fire TV platform and Echo Show devices starting April 30. The browser will stop receiving security updates after this date and you won’t be able to install it either. Of course, that also means that you won’t be able to reinstall it if you decide to remove it from your device or do a factory reset to start over.
Amazon gave Fire TV and Show owners access to Firefox in 2017, shortly after Google announced it blocking YouTube app on devices. It rolled out the availability of Silk, its own browser, before that, but it also launched Firefox to give users another option and to “make it easier.” [them] to access the web from the comfort of their sofa. In fact, Amazon added support for Firefox just in time, because Fire TV users lost access to the YouTube app earlier than expected.
Browsers allowed users to stream videos from the Google-owned platform to their devices, even though the tech giants were not on good terms. At the time, Google explained that its decision stemmed from “lack of reciprocity”. A spokesperson explained, “Amazon doesn’t offer Google products like Chromecast and Google Home, doesn’t make Prime Video available to Google Cast users, and last month stopped selling some of the latest Nest products.”
After the formation of the tech giants, Amazon restored Support for YouTube on Fire TV, which means users no longer need a browser to play its videos. As Android Police Note, however, that the Echo Show does not yet have a dedicated YouTube app, so owners will need to rely on Amazon’s Silk browser.