Last month Google announced that (due to a service and product war between Google and Amazon) it would stop allowing Amazon device customers to have access to YouTube. That has now taken effect and users of Amazon’s Echo Show have been left out in the cold.
However, before the end of the year, Amazon brought web browsing to its Fire TV devices through its own Silk web browser and through a Firefox version for Fire TV. I’ve tried both and have to say that the Firefox offering beats out the Silk offering by a wide margin. Additionally, when accessing the YouTube site through Firefox on Fire TV, Firefox is transformed into more of an app than a web browser. This gives the same effect of using the YouTube app that Google discontinued.
So, while Amazon continues to work on a solution for the Echo Show, those with Fire TV devices can continue to watch YouTube videos. I spent a couple hours watching old episodes of the Love Boat and old Bionic Woman episodes.
But, YouTube isn’t the only benefit here. With full web browsing we streamed New Year’s Eve in NYC through Fire TV this year. The options are endless. I’ve even gone as far as pairing a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard with Fire TV for full web browsing capability. It works great!
I guess now we’ll have to wait and see if Google figures out a way to block Firefox. Of course, if its attempts to do that, things could heat up even more. At that point, its Chrome vs. Firefox instead of just Amazon vs. Google.
- On the Fire TV home screen, select the search icon in the upper left, and search for “Firefox”.
- Or press and hold the microphone key on your voice-enabled remote and say “Firefox”.
- Select “Firefox for Fire TV” from the search results. This will load the Firefox details page.
- Press on the Get button to install.
You can also install Firefox to your Fire TV from the Amazon site: Firefox for Fire TV
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