It may be late in the day, but there is still time for you take advantage of a special offer that Amazon is running today. Amazon, through their Appstore, is a popular store for users to obtain apps from and is another option in addition to the Google Play Store. Owners of Amazon devices are familiar with the Appstore because it comes loaded on their devices. Owners of other Android devices can use the Appstore as well by installing the Appstore application. Amazon generates some traffic by offering a free app of the day every day. On this day after Christmas, when many new Android users may finally be getting their feet wet with their new smartphone or tablet device, Amazon is offering several popular apps for free.
Probably the best deal of the whole bunch is OfficeSuite Professional 6, normally priced at $14.99. OfficeSuite Pro 6 can be used to access Microsoft Office Suite files, including the ability to not only view, but edit, Word and Excel files. The app can also be used to convert documents to PDF, there is support for animated slideshows, and integration with Google Docs and Microsoft SkyDrive.
Another popular app, even if not expensive at 99 cents normally, is TuneIn Radio Pro. With TuneIn Radio Pro you can listen to many of your favorite radio stations using your Android device. It is very nice when you are out of town and want a little touch of home or “bring home” a new radio station you find while traveling. Remote workers may be interested in the Splashtop Remote Desktop app which normally costs $4.99.
Gamers are not left out with titles like Radiant HD, Missile Defender, and Shopper’s Paradise HD getting the free treatment as well. To check out the deals, head over to www.amazon.com/appstore or hit the source link below.
source: Amazon Appstore
While many people were occupied in recent days with news of Google Maps return to the iOS platform, owners of Amazon Kindle Fire devices continued to make do without a pre-installed mapping app. Yesterday, skobbler announced the availability of ForeverMap2 (Kindle Tablet Edition) through Amazon’s app store. ForeverMap2 is free to download and install for Kindle Fire owners. ForeverMap2 provides the expected map functions like routing and search. skobbler claims to provide an excellent visual experience and due to the map database, the product is especially strong when off major roads according to reviews.
ForeverMap2 is based on the OpenStreetMap database, a crowdsourced project similar to Wikipedia. The OpenStreetMap project boasts 900,000 contributors using a variety of methods to update the database. In addition to the free app, users can buy downloadable maps. Doing so provides users with the ability to use the app online or offline. Hit the break for the full press release and a download link (just for Amazon Kindle Fire users).
The music streaming service Spotify has released a version dedicated to Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Spotify is a streaming music service that gives you access to millions of songs and will be welcomed to the popular 7-inch tablet. You can pay a fee of $9.99 to access its premium features such as being able to listen to music with out the need of an internet connection. Other features include:
- Access to millions of songs
- Listen offline – no Internet connection required (Spotify Premium members only)
- Share music with your friends
- Create and sync playlists
- Send the music you’re enjoying to Last.fm & Facebook
The actual app download is free so go on and head over to the source link if you’re interested!
Earlier this month we reported that the Amazon Appstore may finally expand itself past American shores. Well we can finally confirm that it will indeed find its way to several European countries this summer. I know it has been frustrating for many European Android users to not be able to use the Amazon Appstore and take advantage for what it has to offer. But with the emergence of the Kindle Fire it would be a huge mistake if Amazon were to not take advantage of expanding it. Amazon is currently eyeing the UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain as the first to use their appstore with more “in the near future.” Any of our European readers out there excited for this? Or bothered that it took this long?
Full press release after the break:
Amazon will give you a $1 credit towards an MP3 purchase if you “buy” a free app through their website between now and June 13th. Not a bad deal, here are the details:
- Purchase at least one qualifying free app offered in the Amazon.com Appstore for Android in the webstore or on an Android device. The apps that qualify are apps for Android offered in the Amazon.com Appstore for Android that display the offer message on their webstore product information pages. Qualifying apps will not display promotional messaging on their Android on-device product information pages.
- After completing your purchase, you will receive an e-mail indicating that a $1 credit for Amazon MP3 music downloads has been applied to your account automatically. The e-mail will also provide instructions on how to redeem your credit.
- Promotional offer limited to one promotional credit per customer.
- Promotional offer is valid from June 6, 2012, through June 13, 2012, and subject to change. You must redeem the credit by July 31, 2012.
If you’re already using Amazon’s Appstore this is a no-brainer. If you’re not, there’s no better time than now to check it out. Hit the link below to see which apps qualify and claim your free MP3!
The Amazon Appstore has recently pushed out an update bringing it to version 2.6.53. In addition to bug fixes, Amazon has now added their popular Test Drive capabilities to the little screen. For quite some time now you’ve been able to test drive an app on your PC in an emulator to see how it runs, looks and feels. Well, Amazon is now bringing it to a select few devices. Obviously, and for good reason, Amazon isn’t telling anyone how they’re pulling this one off and speculation is that it’s running off of their servers somewhere and not actually on your handset. We’re not sure what the list of supported devices are just yet, but if you’ve happened to stumble upon it and it works, then please do sound off in the comments as to what device you’re using.
From the change log:
- Enabled the Test Drive feature. Test Drive is a beta feature that lets you instantly try apps before buying them. Test Drive is initially available on select Android phones and for a limited selection of apps.
As of now, I’ve yet to see a Test Drive feature on my T-Mobile Galaxy S II.
source: Amazon Appstore
The latest update to the Amazon Appstore brings it to version 2.3 and raises the 3G/4G maximum app size that can be downloaded from 20MB to 50MB. Anything over 50MB will require a Wi-Fi connection. With apps getting bigger and richer, their sizes are growing, and it’s good to see Amazon upping the limit for non-Wi-Fi downloads.
Another great fix this update delivers is with notifications. Previously, notifications about app updates would still occur even when you disabled notifications all together. That’s a thing of the past once you update to the latest Appstore (thank goodness).
Minor bug fixes and stability enhancements round out this update. Download from the link or QR code below.
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Well folks, it’s been roughly a year since Amazon launched their Appstore for Android as they looked to change the market game forever with their free app of the day. While at first they offered some great apps like Swiftkey or Plants vs. Zombies there have been complaints that there have been a slew of lackluster offerings for the free app but I digress. In celebration of their one year landmark Amazon has decided to celebrate by offering up their Premium (paid) apps for 50% or more off. For instance, today you can get Plants Vs. Zombies for 67% off ($0.99). Tomorrow they will have two apps discounted then three the next day and so on.
Besides discounted apps, Amazon is also throwing in a chance to win a Kindle Fire to 8 lucky contestants who enter their contest between now and March 31st. Discounted apps and free Kindle Fires aside, Amazon also took some time out of their day to hit us with some number data regarding their Appstore. One of the highlights from that information is the fact that they jumped from offering 4,000 apps to over 31,000. It may not be as many as the Google Play Store but that’s still a decent number of apps.
Hit the break below to find a link to the contest as well as see the top downloaded paid and free apps over the past year. There’s also a break down of highlights and tidbits for you to check out too. Hit the Appstore Birthday Page daily to see what apps are going to be discounted. While most of these apps were free via the Free App of the Day at some point, if you missed them, then here is your chance to get them at a discounted price. Enjoy!
While I don’t use remote desktop apps all too often, as I am near my computer usually anyway, in the times I have Splashtop Remote Desktop has been my app of choice. Connections are stable and I have found little lag in use. I have yet to drop a connection through the app itself, and when I have it was something to do with my router. Well today is a good day for those that need a remote desktop app as Amazon is offering it as its free App of the Day. Given that it is normally $4.99 any other day, this is one heck of a deal. Version 126.96.36.199 offers the following features:
Today’s Amazon Free App of the Day is Bonzai Blast. Similar to the PopCap game Zuma’s Revenge, or Zuma Deluxe, the game offers the same type of game play. For those that haven’t played those titles, the basic premise of the game is to shoot colored marbles at a string of other similarly colored marbles before they reach the end point, causing you to lose the game. When you get three of the same color marbles in a row, they disappear and you get points.
While you play this game, you can get various power ups that allow you to put the marbles in reverse or even get rid of a single color of marbles entirely. The touch screen aiming takes a little bit to get used to, but once you do the game plays relatively well. I haven’t seen any sluggishness on my Razr at all. The game also played well on my Xoom, but screen was stretched and the graphics were blurry. This is expected as the game description does say that this game is not optimized for all tablets.
This 4-star rated game normally costs $1.99 so I recommend getting it today. You can do so by clicking here, or getting it from the Amazon Appstore for Android. If you don’t have this money saving app already, you can do so by checking out our Quick Tip here. This is a great game to pass the time with if you are looking to kill a few minutes. Hit the break below to check out the screenshots and let us know what your opinion is.