Amazon brings the long-awaited web browsing feature on Fire TV. The online retail company has launched its Silk web browser for Fire TV that allows Fire TV users surf the internet on TV.
In addition, Mozilla’s Firefox browser will also be available on Fire TV devices. Web browsing feature on Fire TV goes live in over 100 countries. The Silk browser is around since March last year, initially in beta. However, the final build was made available for select users in November this year.
Silk is available for all Fire TV users. Amazon says it will carry more features like home screen bookmarks and control buttons that can be customised on a remote.
Silk shall work pretty much like any other browser. Currently, it works on the 1st and 2nd gen Fire TV devices in addition to the 2nd gen Fire TV Stick and Westinghouse’s Fire TV Edition televisions. It’s yet to arrive on the third-gen Fire TV probably due to a new version of Amazon Fire OS.
The move comes right after Google decided to pull the plug on streaming YouTube on Amazon Echo Show and Fire TV. Google warned earlier this month that it would block access to YouTube on Fire TV devices by January 1. Perhaps the release of these two browsers may allow users access YouTube.
None of the companies can be entirely blamed for this episode. Earlier, Amazon decided to stop selling Chromecast and Nest devices on its portal. Google, on the other hand, decides to pull the plug on YouTube for Amazon Fire TC and Echo Show.
However, both the companies are in “productive talks” to resolve the matter, The Verge points out.