Mozilla Announces Firefox for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick
There are a lot of advantages to having a web browser on your big-screen television set, especially in social settings where there are multiple people around. Being able to pull up a website, video, or photo on your TV is much more entertaining than passing around a smartphone or tablet, but the user experience of web browsers on a big screen TV isn’t usually best. Mozilla, though, thinks it’s done things right with Firefox for the Fire TV and the Fire TV Stick.
The Fire TV and Fire TV Stick have a handful of web browsers at their disposal. Amazon’s been beta-testing the Silk Web Browser for Fire OS for the better part of this year, and last month finally released a stable a version for the first- and second-generation Fire TV, the second-generation Fire TV Stick, and all models of Element and Westinghouse’s Fire TV Edition televisions.
Now, Amazon’s teamed up with Mozilla to bring Firefox to Fire TV and Fire TV Stick devices. Mozilla says that most of the dev work focused on improving and optimizing the user experience for TVs. (Mark Mayo, Senior Vice President of Firefox at Mozilla, said it had to pass the “‘5 year old [sic] with the remote’ test”). It highlights web video content, but it puts web search and bookmark tools within easy reach.
Firefox is available on second-generation and newer Fire TV and Fire TV Stick devices from the Amazon Appstore, and while it’s localized for U.S. customers, it is available for anyone who wants to give it a whirl.