Firefox has officially released their web browser for all Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition televisions. The new app comes just a few weeks after Amazon released their Silk web browser for the Fire TV. Amazon has published a press release for the app’s arrival, so it seems like they worked with Firefox to bring the app to the Fire TV.
Launching Firefox on the Fire TV presents you with the app’s Home screen where 10 shortcuts to popular sites are available. Strangely, there is no way to edit the list of shortcuts and there is no way to add your own bookmark anywhere in the app. I’ll update my Bookmarker apps to work with Firefox soon, but for now, unless you want to load one of the 10 default websites, you have to enter the URL every time.
Firefox thankfully uses the Fire TV’s default on-screen keyboard. That means you can use your voice remote to speak your request instead of typing. The Firefox address bar doubles as a search bar, so, like the Silk Browser, it may be easier to use your voice and search for the site you want, instead of entering the full URL manually. Firefox on the Fire TV uses Google for searches and does not give you the option to change the default search engine.
When typing in Firefox, it autocompletes what you’re typing for popular websites. For example, entering “n” fills in “netflix.com” and then adding a “y” will fill in “nytimes.com.” There are plenty of sites that are not autocompleted, so you certainly will need to type the full URL in some cases, but the autocomplete is a nice touch that I don’t think I’ve seen in any other app using the default on-screen keyboard.
As for the settings of the Firefox app, they’re quite sparse and nowhere near as complete as the Silk browser’s settings. The only real configuration options you have are choosing to not send usage data and choosing to clear the app’s cookies and site data.