Amazon’s Fire TV sticks are among the best devices in the market right now. As a result, its user base has grown dramatically in recent years, thanks in part to the platform’s versatility. Aside from sideloading apps, one of the most effective ways to personalize Amazon’s streaming stick is to utilize custom launchers instead of the default Fire TV interface. This allows you to eliminate advertisements and sponsored content entirely. However, now it appears like Amazon is cracking down on these efforts. It has brought new updates to Fire TV effectively prohibiting the installation of custom launchers.
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Fire TV new updates
Amazon is distributing out new Fire OS upgrades to its streaming devices. The update will restrict users from installing custom launchers, according to a post from Redditor u/Finnzz (and discovered by AFTVnews). Previously, an app named Launcher Manager made it possible to install launchers. However, this feature has been broken with the following software updates:
Fire OS 7 version 22.214.171.124 with build number PS7273/2622
Fire OS 6 version 126.96.36.199 with build number PS6287/3768
According to AFTVnews, a new Fire OS 5 update, version 188.8.131.52, may also bring this modification. It’s now available on older 1st- and 2nd-generation Fire TV Sticks, as well as 2nd-generation Fire TV gadgets.
Amazon’s Fire TV devices are typically accessible at low rates. So, the adverts and sponsored content on the interface are one of the company’s key revenue streams. It’s easy to see why Amazon would want to ban using custom launchers since they impede this money stream. If you wish to keep using custom launchers; there is a workaround that allows you to disable software updates on your Fire TV devices. However, this means you won’t be able to take advantage of any new features introduced by the upgrades.
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