Downloader v1.4.3 released with GitHub compatibility fix and Browser included on Android/Google TV by default

Last week, GitHub made a change to how it serves files which was incompatible with Downloader. Since many app projects are hosted on GitHub, this resulted in Downloader displaying an error that read “URL needs authorization” when trying to download files hosted by GitHub. I’ve fixed the issue in Downloader version 1.4.3 and the updated version is already live in the Amazon Appstore for Fire TV devices and the Google Play Store for Android/Google TV devices. In the past, Google absurdly would not allow Downloader to have its built-in browser included by default, even though there are plenty of stand-alone browsers already in the Google Play Store for Android/Google TV devices. I gave it another try this time and Google finally approved Downloader with the browser included, so, as of v1.4.3, the browser plugin is no longer required for Android/Google TV devices.

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Introducing the AFTVnews URL Shortener for the Downloader App

I’m excited to announce the AFTVnews URL Shortener which makes using my Downloader App easier than ever. As you’d expect, entering any URL into the AFTVnews URL Shortener results in a short URL being created that points to the original URL. What makes the AFTVnews URL Shortener best for the Downloader App is that the two are integrated together so that you only need to enter the numeric code portion of the short URL to load it in the Downloader App. Read more ›

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Downloader app and Sideloading work on the 2020 Chromecast with Google TV

For those wondering the new 2020 Google Chromecast with Google TV does support sideloading apps and my Downloader app. There was a small bug in Downloader that partially prevented file access on the Chromecast, due to privacy changes made in Android 10, but I’ve already fixed it and the updated version (v1.4.2) is already live in Google’s appstore. Read more ›

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Downloader app for Fire TV and Android TV now supports built-in Google Search

I have just updated my Downloader app to v1.4.1 and with this update I’ve added the ability to perform a Google search directly from the URL field. Most people already know the URL they want to load when using Downloader, but those who don’t tend to first load Google and search. In those cases, this update saves you a step by not needing to load google.com first. Just enter your search term into the URL field on either the Home screen or the Browser screen of the app and hit Go to directly load a Google search in the app’s built-in browser. Read more ›

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Downloader v1.1.7 is now live with more bug fixes for Fire TV 3 and other models

Downloader version 1.1.7 is now live in the Amazon Fire TV Appstore. This version hopefully fixes the last few remaining issues that were preventing the app from not downloading certain files correctly. I’ve actually split the code into a Fire OS 5 and Fire OS 6 version temporarily so that any potential bugs that make it in while I work on Fire TV 3 compatibility don’t affect older devices. (That is what happened with the v1.1.4 update, which broke certain file downloads on older Fire TV models.) There aren’t two listings and you don’t have to do anything special to get the right version. The Fire TV will automatically download the right version from the Amazon Appstore. I’ll merge the code back together in a future update once I’m confident everything is stable.

I’m sorry if having so many updates recently has been annoying. Just as my developer and I work into the night to fix issues and push out an update, we wake up to newly reported issues and get right back into it. That has been our cycle ever since the Fire TV 3 was released. Development costs haven’t been cheap, so if you appreciate the app, please consider donating through its home screen in-app purchase buttons or by supporting me on Patreon.

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Downloader v1.1.4 is now live — Fixes issue preventing Fire TV 3 from installing APKs

Version 1.1.4 of my Downloader app is now live and available for all Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition televisions to use. The main purpose of this release is to fix an issue that was preventing owners of the new Fire TV 3 from installing APK files. If you have version 1.1.3 installed and can’t get your Fire TV to update the app, you can always uninstall it and then reinstall to get the latest version.

As Fire TV 3s began arriving yesterday, the issue with Downloader was discovered around mid-day and I had a fixed version completed and submitted that evening. If you appreciate the quick turnaround, please consider supporting the app by donating through the buttons on the app’s home screen or by supporting me on Patreon.

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Downloader app incompatible with Amazon Fire TV 3 – Fix has already been submitted and is pending Amazon approval

The current 1.1.3 version of my Downloader app in the Amazon appstore is not compatible with the new Amazon Fire TV 3. When you try to install an APK file within Downloader, the APK does not install and a message saying “No app found to handle this file” appears. I have fixed the issue and have already submitted an updated 1.1.4 version of Downloader to the appstore. The update just needs to be approved by Amazon first, which usually takes about 24 hours, so the update should be live tomorrow. In the meantime, you can use Downloader to download files as usual and then switch to the free app Total Commander in order to install APKs. Simply navigate to the “Internal shared storage” > “Downloader” directory inside Total Commander and select the APKs you want to install.

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Browser Plugin now available for Downloader app on Android TV

When I released my Downloader app on the Google Play Store for Android TV devices, I was forced to remove the built-in browser because Google would otherwise not approve the app. I’m happy to say that I have come up with a solution that allows Android TV users to restore the browser part of the app back in by sideloading a browser plugin that I am releasing today. Read more ›

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Downloader app now available in Google Play Store for Android TV

Many of you have asked for this for a while and now it’s here. My Downloader app is now available in the Google Play Store for Android TV devices. It took much more work than I originally expected to make the app work on Android TV and get accepted into the Android TV appstore. This is mostly because Google would not accept the app for Android TV if it had a built-in web browser, which is pretty ridiculous because there are already approved browsers for Android TV in the Google Play Store. I was unfortunately forced to disable the browser in the app to get it accepted, but it is finally available for the NVIDIA Sheild TV, Mi Box, Nexus Player, and all other Android TV devices. Read more ›

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Downloader app for the Amazon Fire TV passes 5 Million Users


My Downloader app for the Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition television has just passed 5 million users. There were 1 million new users that tried the app last month alone. The app has also just passed 7,000 reviews while maintaining a 4.5 out of 5 star rating and has held the #1 free app spot in the entire Amazon appstore for most of the last few months. Thank you to everyone who has supported the app through in-app donations and through Patreon. It’s only through your generosity that I have been able to keep the app 100% free without any ads, while continuing to pay my awesome developer Johannes Bramauer to add new features and improve the app. Read more ›

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Downloader v1.1.3 is now live with fullscreen browsing, zoom in the browser, and game controller support

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.

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Downloader app for the Amazon Fire TV reaches 2.5 Million Users

It was just a short while ago that my Downloader app for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick reached the unimaginable milestone of 1 million users. Now, just 2 months later, the app has been installed by over 2.5 million users. The recent exponential growth is in no small part due to the Kodi team declaring that my app is “the only correct way of installing Kodi on Amazon devices.” Thank you to everyone who has kept development of the app going by donating through the app and/or becoming patrons through Patreon. The next update with new features should be out very soon. Read more ›

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Downloader app v1.1.2 update adds Favorites and Browser Menu

The new version 1.1.2 update to my Downloader app has just gone live for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The update got stuck in Amazon’s review process, but has finally made it through. The two big new features are favorites and a browser menu. Favorites (a.k.a. bookmarks) allow you to easily save and load websites you visit often and the browser menu gives you quick access to those favorites, the ability to favorite the page you’re viewing, and a convenient JavaScript toggle. Additionally, this update adds German language translations throughout the entire app. I’ve also revamped the Downloader page on AFTVnews with screenshots and detailed documentation about all of the app’s features. Read more ›

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Downloader app for Amazon Fire TV reaches One Million Users

My Downloader app for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick has reached a milestone I never thought would happen. One million people have purchased the app for free. As if that wasn’t enough, the app is currently the 2nd most popular free app in the entire Amazon Appstore.

I’m glad so many people have found the app helpful to download files and install 3rd-party apps on the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The new built-in browser I added in the last update seems to be a big hit with users. The next update to the app is almost finished and will add favorites/bookmarks, as well as a new browser menu for quick access to JavaScript settings and the new favorites. Thank you to everyone who has donated towards the development of the app via the in-app donation buttons. Thanks to you, I’ve been able to add new features while keeping the app 100% free and ad-free.

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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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