Amazon’s Appstore has been around a while now, providing a viable alternative to Google’s Play Store, as well as a couple of quirky features. One of which was the ability to try out apps in your browser before making the decision to install it on your device. That feature was called Test Drive, and according to Amazon’s announcement, it has been swiftly pulled from service as of April 15th.
Amazon has said that although 16,000 apps had been launched via the Test Drive service, there has been a significant decline in customers in recent times. This has been attributed to the increase in popularity of free-to-play business models with In-App-Purchase options. Although the Test Drive service is discontinued, apps that have used the service will still be available, although the Test Drive function has been removed. You may have noticed that Amazon gave zero notice that it was planning on killing off the Test Drive function, basically announcing it a day after they’d already removed it from service. Did you ever use the test Drive service? If so, will you miss it?