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Fling SDK - Multiple legacy issues

I work for one of the largest casting providers having integrated Fling SDK for Fire TV casting and app install into more than 25 apps from major sports, news and entertainment publishers. It appears the Fling SDK has not received any updates in almost two years and is becoming problematic for modern mobile apps to integrate.


At this time there are two legacy issues with Fling SDK that are becoming a concern for publishers:


(1) Android SDK still uses Apache HTTP Library which has long been deprecated and is no longer available on Android devices. We get around this by asking these video apps to add `<uses-library android:name="org.apache.http.legacy" android:required="false"/>` in their manifest.


(2) On iOS, the Bolts SDK version used by Fling seems to use UIWebView which has been deprecated by Apple and is beginning to reject app updates that have references to UIWebView. So we need to update the Bolts version.


Is the Fling SDK team aware of these issues and when can we expect fixes? If the SDKs are no longer supported can Amazon share API documentation to invoke the Fire TV Fling or Install WhisperPlay service from mobile apps? Fire TV casting and app install are critical features for many publishers and they do not want to lose support due to seized maintenance of the Fling SDKs.

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Levon@Amazon answered

Hi there,

The Fling SDK v1.4.0 has been released and is available for download. It updates the Bolts framework in the iOS SDK, which should addresses the main concern of this OP.

Fling SDK: https://developer.amazon.com/docs/apps-and-games/sdk-downloads.html#fling

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Levon@Amazon answered

Hi JesseNiko,

Thanks for posting! We are evaluating the effort of up-leveling the version of Bolts SDK in Fling, since the update of Bolts SDK was just released several days ago. Thanks!

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Hi there,

A quick update: While I don't have a specific ETA, this is to let you know that the Fling team is working on a new version of the SDK. Thanks!

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Hi @Levon@Amazon
Any luck on this?
Apple will no longer accept submissions of new apps that use UIWebView as of April 30, 2020.

Thank you for your help

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We are also facing similar issues, When can we expect the update to sdk?

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Jedadiah P. Ashford answered

Same. problem here, we're sadly removing firetv support. We hope we can add it back someday. Keep us updated.

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