Ever since the first Amazon Fire TV was released in April of last year, I’ve been tracking its appstore’s steady growth. That ends today because, since Fullscreen, Inc. began their barrage of apps made from YouTube channels, the number of Fire TV apps is meaningless and misleading. Fullscreen, the largest YouTube network with over 50,000 channels under its umbrella, has been steadily releasing procedurally generated apps for their partnered YouTube channels since the beginning of September. They have released 1,542 apps so far, at an average rate of 70 apps per day, with no signs of letting up. This flood of apps, all of which approved by Amazon, has disingenuously pushed the Fire TV’s appstore beyond 4,000 apps.
The torrent of Fullscreen apps, along with over 250 tablet games released just prior to the announcement of the new Fire TV, conveniently pushed Amazon’s streaming platform past Roku in total apps, allowing Amazon to advertise app count superiority in their comparison chart above.
The cynics among you may feel Amazon encouraged Fullscreen to release their apps to boost the Fire TV’s app count. Regardless, the Fire TV appstore is well on its way to joining the Google Play Store and the Apple iTunes App Store in being filled primarily with apps that nobody uses. I’ll continue highlighting notable new apps and weekly listing all new apps, but the total Fire TV app count is now meaningless.