Verizon to preload Amazon app suite on Android handsets starting with Droid DNA

Thinking about picking up Verizon’s latest superphone? Well, hopefully you’re a fan of Amazon. According to Amazon, Verizon will start preloading a suite of applications on their handsets, with the Droid DNA being the first phone to receive the Amazon treatment. Now if you absolutely despise bloatware – which Verizon loves to put on their phones – this is probably awful news for you. But if you don’t mind some useful, preloaded applications, you can do much worse than what Amazon is offering. The entire Amazon experience is fully integrated into Android, and gives you access to Amazon’s enormous library of music, movies, books, etc. 

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The Amazon interface allows you to sign-in and easily purchase content with one-click, as well as search Amazon’s large number of products straight from your homescreen. Applications like Amazon MP3, Audible, and IMDB are also part of this “suite.” Personally, I think the interface is well done and adds to the content already available from Google Play. The only thing that I think everyone should be wary of is how Verizon will treat this Amazon storefront in the future. We’ve already seen Verizon force Bing onto handsets instead of Google search, and I would hate to see Big Red ruin a handset like this by cutting off the Play Store in favor of Amazon’s App Store. Hopefully that’s just a misplaced fear, right?

So what do you guys think? I use Amazon for a variety of services in addition to Google, so I wouldn’t mind some Amazon integration in my next phone. Does anyone agree, or is bloatware just a bad idea in general? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Curt

    and people wonder why it takes Verizon so damn long to get updates to Android phones…. because they load all this shit on the phones, it takes twice as long to get the updates up and running…….

    The arrogance of Verizon is getting to a point that I just might think of switching carriers at some point. When I get to the point they take away unlimited data, then I will take a LONG HARD LOOK at going with someone else a little less arrogant.