Amazon has gone back to the drawing board with its Appstore for Android, introducing a new and improved experience. Amazon says that it’s been redesigned from the ground up, so apps and games are now easier to find with a new search and discovery system. Top charts, new releases and recommendations are all improved with the overhaul.
A dedicated page for Amazon Coins has been made and your Coins balance is now always visible. Using Coins to purchase apps and games is now easier, and managing them is more intuitive than before.
You can’t download the Amazon Appstore from the Google Play Store, but it’s still relatively easy to install. To get started, go to amazon.com/androidapp and click on the “Get Amazon Appstore” button.
You have to enable “Unknown Sources” on your device to install an app that’s outside of the Google Play Store. It’s location varies by device, but it’s usually under Security or Applications in settings. On the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, tap on Apps & notifications, then Chrome and you’ll find it under “Advanced.”
Once the Appstore is downloaded, go to your Download folder and tap on Amazon_app.apk. Then tap install. Some phones will simply prompt you to do this and save you a couple of steps.
The Amazon Appstore is an excellent supplement to the Google Play Store, but I’d stop short of calling it an outright alternative. That being said, Amazon fans will surely find a lot to like.