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Starting on April 30th, Mozilla will discontinue Firefox support for the Amazon Fire TV platform and Echo Show applications. At that date, the browser will no longer get security patches, and you will no longer be able to use it. Of course, this means you won’t be able to reinstall it if you delete it from your computer or do a factory reset to start over.
Amazon granted Fire TV and Show owners access to Firefox in 2017, soon after Google revealed that the YouTube software on the platforms would be blocked. It had previously made Silk, its own browser, available, but it also introduced Firefox to provide consumers with another alternative and to “to make it easy for [them] to access the Web from the comfort of their couch.” Amazon introduced Firefox support just in time, when Fire TV users missed access to the YouTube app earlier than anticipated.
Even if the tech titans were at odds, the browsers allowed users to download videos from the Google-owned site on their smartphones. Googled demonstrated at the time that its decision was motivated by a “lack of reciprocity.”” A spokesperson explained: “Amazon doesn’t carry Google products like Chromecast and Google Home, doesn’t make Prime Video available for Google Cast users, and last month stopped selling some of Nest’s latest products.”
Since the two tech behemoths reconciled, Amazon restored YouTube support on the Fire TV, which means people no longer need to use a browser to see the content. However, as Android Police points out, the Echo Show currently lacks a dedicated YouTube app, forcing owners to focus on Amazon’s Silk browser.