One of the most used features of the Fire TV home screen suddenly vanished this morning as Amazon quietly removed the recently used apps row on the Fire TV home screen. This row would show apps that Fire TV users had recently used. Now to find these apps, they need to go into their apps tab at the top of the screen or use Alexa’s voice remote.
Update: Amazon has confirmed that they found this glitch and have fixed it restoring the recently used apps list on the Fire TV.
Recently, Amazon has been making a lot of changes to its home screen with new personalization features coming to Amazon’s Fire TV.
Back in June at the Stream TV Show in Denver, Cord Cutters News had an opportunity to chat with Charlotte Maines the Director of Advertising, Monetization, and Engagement, Amazon Fire TV. She has been on the Fire TV team since it first launched back in 2014 and now helps oversee all aspects of the Fire TV.
During our interview with Charlotte Maines, we talked about the future of the Fire TV and how the home screen will become more personalized. This comes as just over a year ago, Amazon rolled out a new Fire TV home screen with more rows of content recommendations. Now Amazon says they want to make this new home screen and the Fire TV even better by making it more personalized.
Charlotte Maines stopped short of going into details about how they will make the Fire TV home screen more personalized. However, it is easy to see how Amazon can take all of the data they have on what you watch to bring more relevant content to each Fire TV user.
Already, Amazon uses what you watch to recommend more shows and movies to you. Now it seems Amazon wants to take that data to make you’re Fire TV even more personalized.
Cord Cutters News has reached out to Amazon for comment on this change. It is possible that this is a glitch that will be fixed but we will wait to hear back from Amazon to confirm.