Amazon’s app blocking utility is not present on the Amazon Fire TV Stick 2

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Back when the 5.2.1.1 software update first rolled out to devices, you may recal I discoverd an affectionately named “Not In My House” app added by that update. It appeared as though the NIMH app was a dedicated system app meant to disable 3rd-party apps that Amazon didn’t want installed on Fire TV devices, although, to my knowledge, the app was never activated. Well, it turns out that the 5.2.2.0 software version on the new Amazon Fire TV Stick 2 no longer contains the NIMH system app. The Fire TV Stick 2 still has the separate code that disables FireStarter and Fired TV Launcher, but the newer NIMH blocking utility has been removed.

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10 comments
  1. Adam says:

    So I imagined they just named it something less noticeable?

    • tech3475 says:

      I’m wondering if Amazon rushed a build of the OS for the Stick2’s launch, could partially explain the lack of screen calibration as well and possibly them using the new UI in marketing.

    • AFTVnews says:

      It hasn’t just been renamed. There are 5 new system apps in 5.2.2.0 that are not present in 5.2.1.1. None of them are the old NIMH app or have anything to do with blocking.

  2. Jeremy says:

    So what does that mean actually

    • AFTVnews says:

      Not much really. In the last 5.2.1.1 software update, a dorment app was added that appeard to have the ability to disable specific 3rd-party apps. It was never used for anything and now it has been removed from the 5.2.2.0 software on the newer Stick.

  3. Colin Beckford says:

    Sideload app friendlier?

  4. Mcm says:

    Get to the point…can it run Kodi or not, and is installation essentially the same as previously?

  5. Ninja says:

    Looks like Amazon are backing down from blocking Kodi etc.

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