Amazon explicitly shows Kodi some love in the latest Fire TV software update
Now that we know what changes software update 220.127.116.11 makes on the surface, I began sifting through this update in more detail, as I usually do, to see if it hides any secrets below the surface. One thing I discovered is that Amazon explicitly showed Kodi some love with this update. There is a bit of new code, that’s literally called AddKodiToRecent, which runs after the new software update is installed. This code checks to see if Kodi is installed on the Fire TV and deliberately makes it so Kodi appears as the first item in the “Recent” list on the Fire TV home screen, regardless of when you last launched Kodi. No other app receives this special treatment and highlight. Now that Amazon has introduced an app blacklist, leaving Kodi users wondering if their beloved app is next on the chopping block, it’s reassuring to see Amazon explicitly do something positive for Fire TV owners who use Kodi.
To verify my findings I took a Fire TV 2 running 5.0.5 and performed a factory reset. Then I installed Kodi and never launched it. I then let it update to 18.104.22.168 and sure enough, Kodi appeared as the first item in the Recent list, despite it never being launched.