The remote app launcher, App Shortcuts, that I was able to show off last month has been released for iOS. The app allows you to remotely launch any app on your Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick using your smartphone or tablet. An Android version is currently pending approval in the Google Play store and should be available soon.
The developer’s original plan was to charge for the Fire TV app and release the smartphone/tablet apps for free. That has changed due to Amazon rejecting the Fire TV app; citing that it created “an inconsistent user experience.” As a result, the developer has released the Fire TV app for free. You can download it from the developer’s website and sideload it onto your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. Both the iOS and upcoming Android companion apps are also free, however extended features added in future updates will require an in-app purchase.