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.
I made sure to keep the core function of the app, which is to easily download and install APKs, front and center. I’ve intentionally made it so you can ignore everything that has been added to the app if you want, and the app still works the exact same way as before. You can of course still enter the URL of an APK, hit the download button, and it will be downloaded and automatically installed. The only real difference in that regard is that there is now better URL handling and the app now displays the file size progress while downloading.
I’ve added in-app purchase donation buttons to the app’s “Home” screen if you want to support future development of the app. I want the app to remain free and without ads, but I’m now paying for its development, so all donations will go directly back into the app for new features. Amazon Coins are accepted in the app, so if you’ve got some collecting virtual dust in your account, that maybe you received for free through my posts, you can use them to support the app.
The new “Files” section allows you to open/install/reinstall files you’ve downloaded through the app. It also lets you delete files, once you have no more use for them, to regain that precious internal storage space without having to use a separate file manager. Highlight a file and select it to open/install or highlight and press the remote’s menu button to delete a file. I hope to add more advanced file management features in future versions, like batch deletion, directory navigation, and external storage support.
The app now has two options you can configure in a new “Settings” section. First, you can now set the folder name in the /sdcard directory where you want downloaded files to be stored. If you enter a folder name that does not exists, the folder will be created. I hope to add support for storing downloaded files in places other than /sdcard, like external storage, in the future. The folder set here is also the folder that is displayed in the “Files” section. The other option is the ability to enable/disable auto-installation of APK files. This feature is on by default, but if you prefer downloading several files first and then installing them all at once through the “Files” section, you can do so by disabling auto-install so you don’t have to cancel installation after every download.
I have many additional features planned for the app that should help alleviate many of the annoyances with the Fire TV, specifically related to dealing with ES File Explorer and ADB. Rest assured that keeping things simple and easy will always be the focus of the app, so I won’t be bloating it with features just for the sake of adding something new. The app is of course still available directly from Amazon’s Fire TV appstore by simply searching for “Downloader”, but if you want, download the APK directly from the app’s new home at http://AFTVnews.com/Downloader. You can also find the full change log on that page.