Mozilla as an organization has been having trouble finding ways to create revenue without betraying its principles and its own community. Among those measures it’s taken to maintain operating despite that is to combine its resources to focus on efforts which have a larger ROI. That entails restructuring, layoffs, and dropping projects it might no longer consider rewarding. One of those, it seems, is the version of Firefox for Amazon apparatus that will no longer be supported after April.
Firefox came on the Fire TV and Echo Show in a time when the enmity between Amazon and Google has been its highest, at least at the public’s eyes. Google refused to allow a YouTube app on those devices while Amazon refused to sell Google’s equal products.
The workaround that Amazon and apparatus owners watched was to get YouTube from an internet browser and Mozilla was quick to reply that need. Finally, however, Amazon itself came up with its web browser for these devices, paradoxically according to Chromium, to keep users from having to seek third-party options. That pretty much made Firefox almost redundant except if you really prefer using browser.
The nail in the coffin, however, came when Google and Amazon finally met halfway, leading to the coming of official YouTube apps on those platforms. Mozilla admits to AFTVnews that, with those new options for accessing content now available, it has determined to places its focus on things that will really bring value instead of having an”also-ran”.
Official support for Firefox will finish on April 30, 2021, as well as the app will no longer be available from Amazon’s Appstore. People having the browser installed on their Fire TVs will still be able to use it, at least until they uninstall the program, but Echo Show owners will likely be redirected to Amazon Silk when they try to launch Firefox past that date.