Mozilla’s Firefox internet browser will no longer be an option for customers on Amazon’s Hearth TV or Echo Present gadgets.
Beginning April 30, all Firefox support will stop on the Amazon devices (h/t Engadget). Which means no updates and no new customers or downloads. For those who’re one of many affected customers you possibly can preserve watching on Firefox unsupported, however for those who delete the app you will not be capable to get it again.
For many who have Firefox set because the default browser on their Echo Present gadgets (that is an Alexa-powered AI assistant speaker with a display screen) you may be mechanically redirected to Amazon Silk, Amazon’s personal internet browser. Within the U.S., Google’s Chrome and Apple’s Safari dominate browser choices throughout all varieties of gadgets. On Hearth TV, the one browser choices have all the time been both Firefox or Silk.
The Firefox app has lengthy been used as a workaround to entry YouTube on gadgets the place it is not supported, as Engadget defined, particularly after Hearth TV eliminated the YouTube app in 2017. The Google-owned video streamer is back on Fire TV now, however not on the Echo Present. That is the place the Silk browser is available in. However Amazon did add the video conferencing app Zoom to the Show on Monday, so there’s that.
Nonetheless, by the tip of April if you wish to surf the net in your Amazon gadgets, Mozilla suggests asking Alexa to “open Silk.”