It was expected, but Amazon has blacklisted OnBootKodi, a 3rd-party app that automatically launches Kodi when the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick boots up. This is now the third app that Amazon has blocked from running on Fire TV devices, joining FireStarter and FiredTV Launcher. If any of these three apps are found installed on the device, then the app is disabled.
The method used by Amazon to disable OnBootKodi is the same as the one used to disable the first two blacklisted apps. The device settings database file on Fire TVs, located at
Amazon continues to use Android’s standard package management utility to disable blacklisted apps, despite there being a “Not In My House” app, which appears to be an app dedicated for the task. As far as I can tell, the “Not In My House” app has remained dormant since its arrival late last year, and is even excluded from some devices.
Since Amazon has not changed the way they block blacklisted apps, those with rooted devices can still disable the blacklist, re-enable the blocked apps, and continue using blacklisted apps. I’ve verified this to be the case and have updated my guide to include instructions for re-enabling the OnBootKodi app.
What the three apps that Amazon has blacklisted have in common is they all bypass the Fire TVs default home screen launcher. When the developer of FireStarter removed its auto-launching capabilities and relaunched the app under the new name AppStarter, Amazon did not blacklist the new app. It seems Amazon does not care how you use the Fire TV, as long as you go through their main interface first.
As I’ve discussed in detail in the past, Amazon’s business model for the Fire TV is to sell the device for little to no profit and make money through the daily use of the device, whether that be buying video content, making Amazon purchases through Alexa or the new shopping app, banner ads, or several other methods. It’s this business model that they’re protecting by blacklisting apps which threaten their potential profit.