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.
My Downloader app earned a 4.7 out of 5 star rating from 70 reviews, which are still accessible, making it the second highest reviewed app in the Fire TV appstore. It was clearly well received and filled a hole in the Fire TV’s functionality that owners of the device wanted.
Considering how rudimentary the app was, I’m honestly surprised it was removed. It simply downloaded a user selected file from the internet and asked the user if they wanted to install the file if it was an Android app. That exact functionality is present in both ES File Explorer and File Commander, which are both approved apps in the Fire TV appstore.
If I had to guess, I’d say my app was removed because it simplified the process of installing 3rd-party apps, which aren’t in the official Amazon appstore, on the Fire TV. Even though all Fire TVs officially support the practice of sideloading 3rd-party apps, and even though there are several other apps in the Fire TV appstore that provide the exact same functionality as my Downloader app, it seems Amazon does not want an app in their appstore that makes sideloading too easy.