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New Fire TV OS update is rumored to block third party apps like Kodi

A rumor has started going around about Amazon taking steps to block third-party apps such as Kodi on their hardware. This would be a result of an upcoming interface redesign. Amazon has denied these rumors, which is in fact credible due to previous Amazon updates favoring Kodi. However, there might be a basis to think Fire TV OS Kodi usage might be blocked soon. [Read: Kodi is finally on the Amazon Fire TV AppStore, in a weird way]

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Some rumors say that Fire TV OS Kodi installation will be blocked, but, are the rumors true?

Why is the rumor about Fire TV OS Kodi ban going around?

This might be basically because of a redesign on the Amazon Fire TV OS menu options. The ADB debugging options, necessary to sideload Kodi on your Amazon Fire TV, is getting moved to a hidden menu called Developer Tools Menu. This might lead inexperienced users to think that the option is getting removed altogether, which is not true, at least officially. [Read: How to install Kodi on Fire TV without adb and computer?]

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Most users of the Amazon Fire TV value the fact they can sideload third-party apps on their device and customize it to their needs. A change in this might mean that Amazon Fire TV would lose users to other more open, more welcoming platforms. For now, this is nothing more than a rumor and a misunderstanding. Let’s hope it stays that way.

Via: AFTVnews

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