Version 1.1.3 of my Downloader app for the Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and upcoming Fire TV Edition televisions has just gone live in the Amazon appstore. The main new features are a fullscreen mode for the built-in web browser, zooming capabilities in the browser, and full support for the Fire TV Game Controller.
In the browser menu, you’ll now find a new option to enable fullscreen mode. This has been the most requested feature lately. When turned on, the browser window takes up 100% of the screen with nothing else visible. I debated leaving the browser controls visible on top, for easier URL entry while in fullscreen, but decided it would be best to just use the entire screen for browsing.
I also included a shortcut to easily get in and out of fullscreen mode. You’ll notice it says “Press ☰ button again” next to the fullscreen option. Basically, pressing the menu button on the remote brings up the browser menu, and pressing the menu button again toggles fullscreen mode. So, essentially, a double menu press will always take you in and out of fullscreen mode. You can also load favorites without exiting fullscreen mode, since the browser menu is always accessible.
This update also includes new zooming capabilities in the browser, as well as full support for the Fire TV Game Controller. To zoom in and out, use the fast-forward and rewind buttons on the remote. Those buttons used to scroll the page up and down, so now the only way to scroll is to move the cursor to the edge of the page, which I think is fine since that was always the better way of scrolling anyway. To zoom with the game controller, use the left (L1) and right (R1) shoulder bump buttons. Zooming especially helps with clicking small links on websites.
Prior to this update, the game controller didn’t fully work in the web browser. That has now been corrected. You can move the cursor around using the game controller’s left joystick, which is a much nicer experience than the directional buttons on the remote. You can click links with the A button and move back a page with either the B button or the BACK button. You can move forward by clicking in the right joystick.
Thank you to everyone who has supported the app by donating within the app and by becoming a patron through Patreon. The app is about to cross 3 million users and it’s all thanks to you guys. It’s wonderful that I can provide the app 100% for free without any annoying ads, yet still continuously pay development costs for new features to be added. That’s all thanks to the few generous people who have chipped in a few bucks.