Mozilla, as an organization, has been having trouble finding ways to generate revenue without betraying its principles and its community. Despite this, one of the steps to continue operating is to consolidate your resources to focus on efforts that have a higher ROI. This involves restructuring, dismissing and abandoning projects that they may no longer consider valuable. One, it seems, is the version of Firefox for Amazon devices, which will no longer be supported in April.
Firefox arrived on the Fire TV and Echo Show at a time when the enmity between Amazon and Google was greater, at least in the public eye. Google refused to allow a YouTube app on those devices, while Amazon refused to sell rival Google products.
The workaround that Amazon and device owners saw was to access YouTube from a web browser and Mozilla was quick to respond to that need. Eventually, however, Amazon itself came up with its own web browser for these devices, ironically based on Chromium, to prevent users from having to look for third-party options. This has practically made Firefox almost redundant, except for those who really prefer to use this browser.
The nail in the coffin, however, came when Google and Amazon finally met halfway, leading to the arrival of official YouTube apps on these platforms. Mozilla admits to AFTVnews that, with the new content access options now available, it has decided to focus on things that really add value instead of being “also managed”.
Official support for Firefox will end on April 30, 2021 and the application will no longer be available on Amazon’s Appstore. Those who have the browser installed on their Fire TVs will still be able to use it, at least until they uninstall the app, but Echo Show owners will automatically be redirected to Amazon Silk when they try to start Firefox after that date.