Downloader app v1.1.1 update for Fire TV adds built-in Web Browser

I am very excited to announce the latest version of my Downloader app for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The big new feature of this 1.1.1 version is a built-in web browser. The browser allows you to easily navigate websites using the Fire TV remote without needing a mouse or keyboard. Downloading files is available through the browser so you no longer need to know the direct download URL to the file you want to download or the APK you want to install. You can just navigate to any website and click a download link to get the file you want. Read more ›

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Downloader app v1.1.0 update for Fire TV adds file manager, settings, and more

The first update to my Downloader app for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick has just gone live. To add features quicker than I can, I hired Johannes Bramauer (a.k.a. superkoal on XDA), who has created some interesting Fire TV apps and modules for the community in the past. He has done a great job adding my requested features to the app. While this update does include some highly requested features, like basic file management, it’s mostly laying down the framework for more advanced features I hope to have added in the near future.

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Downloader app for Fire TV has been installed by over 300,000 people — Looking to hire an Android Developer

My Downloader app for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick has been purchased (for free) by over 300,000 people since I released it in November. The app currently has a 4.6 out of 5 star rating from nearly 500 reviewers, so despite it being so rudimentary, it seems to have filled a need that many Fire TV owners have, which is a simple way to download and install APK files. At this time, Downloader sits as the 15th most popular free app in the entire Amazon Appstore. I haven’t had time to add additional features to the app, so I’d like to hire an Android developer. If you’re an Android developer, with free time on your hands, that wants to make a bit of extra money, please read on. Read more ›

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My Downloader app has returned to the Amazon Fire TV appstore

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My Downloader app has been reinstated back into the Amazon appstore and is once again available on all Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks. After the app was taken down on Friday by Amazon with no explanation, I used the developer’s contact form to ask why it was removed. On Saturday evening, the app’s review status was updated to state the app was removed because “it can be used to facilitate the piracy or illegal download of content.” This was the same reason given to Kodi’s developers when Kodi was removed from the Amazon appstore. Then, this morning, I received a response to my original inquiry which simply stated my app was once again live in the appstore. Read more ›

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Amazon has removed my Downloader app from the Amazon Appstore

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My Downloader app has been pulled from the Amazon Appstore by Amazon. I have not been told why it was removed. Amazon didn’t even notify me of the app’s removal. I found out when a reader emailed me asking why they couldn’t find the app. The message you see above in my Amazon developer panel says the app is “suppressed” and to check the “review status tab for further details.” The app’s review status tab incorrectly states the app is live, with no information about the suppression, so it seems this isn’t a standard app rejection. I’ve contacted Amazon asking why the app was removed and will update everyone once I receive a response. Read more ›

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Introducing Downloader — My first Fire TV app which makes sideloading dead simple

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Last week, I fired up a “how to make your first app” video on YouTube and I made my first app for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. It’s called Downloader and it just got approved into the Fire TV appstore. Downloader’s purpose is to make sideloading apps on the Fire TV as easy as possible. The app simply has a URL field where you enter the URL of any file you want downloaded to your device. After the file has downloaded, it will automatically be installed if it’s an APK file. That’s it.

Being my first app, it’s nothing fancy (and probably buggy), but it does the job of sideloading Kodi, SPMC, or any APK file without needing anything but your Fire TV remote. Downloader achieves that task quicker and simpler than ES File Explorer, which is currently the most popular way to sideload apps, and that was my main goal with the app. I hope to find time to add additional features to the app in the near future. If you need it, you can find my guide to using the app here.

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How to sideload apps like Kodi or SPMC on the Amazon Fire TV & Stick using Downloader

This guide will walk you through the steps of installing (a.k.a. sideloading) a 3rd-party app, like Kodi or SPMC, onto an Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. This guide uses my own app, called Downloader, which is available for free from the Amazon Appstore. You do not need a computer, an external drive, a keyboard, ADB, or anything else to follow this guide. All you need is your Fire TV remote and about a minute of your time. This is currently the quickest way to sideload apps on the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, and is easier than using ES File Explorer. Read more ›

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