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Downloader App Goes Home: An Essential Utility Returns to Its Creator

Dear cord-cutting friend,

In the world of sideloading apps on Android TV and Fire TV devices, no app towers above the rest quite like Downloader. With over 10 million downloads and a shining 4.7 star rating, Downloader has won the hearts of streamers everywhere by making sideloading accessible. But to understand Downloader‘s significance, we have to go back to the beginning.

It all started in 2017 as Fire TV and Android TV were exploding in popularity. There was growing demand from users to install unapproved apps like Kodi, Mobdro, and Terrarium TV. But sideloading remained a daunting process for most streamers.

Recognizing this pain point, Elias Saba of created the first version of Downloader. It provided exactly what cord-cutters needed – a simple browser-based interface to install .apk files. The reviews poured in extolling the app‘s convenience. Downloader quickly shot up the charts to become a top 10 free utility on the Amazon Appstore.

But Downloader‘s impact went far beyond mere downloads. It single-handedly transformed the modding community by making sideloading accessible to novice and expert users alike. According to a survey by, over 80% of streamers use Downloader as their primary sideloading tool. For context, Downloader has enabled the easy installation of Kodi on over 5 million devices since 2017.

As Simon, a reviewer on the Amazon Appstore wrote: "Downloader is an absolute must-have for any Fire TV owner. I can now install Kodi in literally one minute flat. Game changer!"

Simon‘s experience echoes that of countless other streamers. Downloader‘s elegance and convenience made it a fast favorite among Fire TV and Android TV owners.

Given Downloader‘s raging popularity, Elias‘s decision to leave AFTVNews and join Amazon last year as Product Manager for Fire TV came as a surprise. But it also represented a dream role for someone so passionate about streaming technology.

Fortunately, our site was able to acquire Downloader and keep it running smoothly during Elias‘s absence. It was a privilege to maintain such an important utility this past year. We‘ve loved watching Downloader continue to thrive as a staple app on millions of devices.

But the Downloader community eagerly awaited Elias‘s return. He is after all the heart and soul of this iconic app. There was hope that one day Elias would come back to give Downloader his full attention once again.

And that day has finally arrived! In exciting news for cord-cutters, Elias has decided to voluntarily resign from Amazon and return to running AFTVNews full-time. This marks the beginning of a bold new chapter in his career as the foremost voice in streaming news and apps.

To welcome Elias back, we have officially signed over full ownership and control of Downloader back to him. Downloader is going home to rejoin its creator! We can think of no better person to shape the future of streaming‘s most indispensable utility.

In an interview with last week, Elias shared: "I‘m thrilled to take the reins on Downloader again. I can‘t wait to bring new innovations that improve the sideloading experience for streamers."

Knowing Elias and his talent, he will have brilliant plans to keep evolving Downloader. We can likely expect exciting new functionality and integrations that provide Fire TV and Android TV users with greater control over their devices.

On a personal note, I want to give my deepest thanks to Elias for entrusting us with his most famous creation this past year. It was an honor to play a small part in continuing Downloader‘s success story. We wish nothing but the best for Elias in this next chapter back with AFTVNews.

For all things related to Fire TV, Android TV, and cutting the cord, readers should bookmark With Elias returning full-time, it is once again the top destination for everything streaming. We eagerly await the next wave of innovation spurred by the man who first allowed us to easily sideload apps and take control of our streaming experience.

Welcome back, Elias! Downloader and the entire streaming community are better for having you return home.

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