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! Read more
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 184.108.40.206 offers the following features: Read more
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. Read more
3D graphics, fast-paced gaming and intuitive controls? Those are the traits of today’s free Amazon app: Cross Court Tennis. It’s a tennis game that allows players to work their way up from being a scrub to eventually the world’s best. Cross Court Tennis features an Instant Play mode for immediate gaming and of course a Career mode which allows you to play various tournaments with the goal of winning a Grand Slam in the end.
What stands out on this game are the controls– you swipe in order to perform a basic function such as directing your player or performing a specific attack. There’s an Auto-Run mode in the game that allows beginners to just have control of their shots– but the game will automatically control your footwork. Once ready, you can then move to the Free-Run mode and you will then have total control of the direction of your player in addition to your shots. It’s challenging at first, but definitely intuitive in the end. Establishing your drop shots, slice shots and topspin takes some getting used to, but once you practice and get the hang of it, you’ll be owning opponents in no time. If you play in the Career mode, there’s something you should note. While you can save your game’s progress, you can’t save your progress onto your device’s SD card. Just something I thought you all should be aware of in case this might be a potential deal-breaker.
The game normally costs $1.99, but is available for free in the Amazon App Store today. Keep in mind it’s a hefty 21MB in girth and requires a Wi-Fi connection to download, but it does run on any Android 2.1 and above device. If you don’t have the Amazon App Store yet, be sure to check out our handy guide on how to install it onto your device. Hit the break for the App Store link and some screenshots for your viewing. Read more
Admit it, every one of you draws and sketches even if you’re not an artist. Today’s free Amazon App– SketchBook Mobile, allows you to draw, doodle, and create endless possibilities. SBM is a full-featured drawing application and image studio that’s based off the popular desktop version, but allows you to create your art on the go using your smartphone or tablet.
Like other drawing applications and image studios, SBM is not short on features. You can create images using 40+ set of brushes, pens and airbrushes. When you find your particular one, you can select the opacity of the brush and choose from a wide range of colors and palettes to start drawing with. In addition, you have the ability to add layers to your particular project. In fact, you have the ability to add up to 6 layers to any one project. Pretty neat for a mobile drawing app. Oh and if you feel like fiddling with an existing image or picture on your phone’s memory or SD card, you can do just that and add unique touches to your personal photos.
The app is normally available for $1.99, but of course you will find it today for the price of nothing. If you have the Amazon App Store, be sure to check it out and give it a shot. If you don’t have the Amazon App Store, you can load it up on your Android device by using our handy Quick Tips page. It’s a little bit on the hefty side at 9.1MB, but hey, as long as I can share art like my masterpiece found after the break, it’s worth it. Read more
Today’s free app from Amazon is Bejeweled 2 from Electronic Arts. This game may not need an explanation, but for those who have never played it Bejeweled is probably the most popular matching puzzle game. Playing is easy, match up 3 or more alike gems to destroy them and rack up points. You’ll also have multipliers and bonuses for matching 4 gems or 5 gems at once. What you’ll also find here though are slick graphics that are ultra fast along with a cool wormhole looking animation when you clear a level. Instant hints are also available should you get stuck along the way. Why you should check this out besides it being a really fun puzzle game? Well, it’s free today that’s why.
This game will normally cost you $2.99, so grab it while it’s free from the Amazon Appstore. If not using the Appstore, you can grab the download here by entering your email address or phone number in the upper right hand corner for a download link. Be sure to have the “unknown sources” box checked off under Settings —>Applications on your Android device. Check out some screenshots after the break and let us know what you think.
Oh Amazon, I love it when you give me games like Eve Of Genesis for free. I am an old “Final Fantasy Junkie.” It has been a while since I have seen or played a game that reminds me so well, of “Final Fantasy.” The game opens with you getting a back story about how humans were beaten by the machines (golems) some 2000 years ago. Well we all know how things go from there.
One adventures girl is determined to find out if the rumors of the machines attacking humans are true. Of course it’s up to your character to go after her. In doing so you discover that the rumors are true, and the human race is in danger once again. Check out the screen shots and the rest of my review after the break.
Hungry Shark 3, there was two other versions of this game? Anyways, Amazon’s free app today is Hungry Shark 3, basically a “Jaws gets revenge” game. The game uses your devices accelerometer to control, that’s right, a hungry shark. You eat everything; people, fish, and even other sharks. You have to keep eating while looking for the exit or you will die.
I didn’t play much of it before I had my opinion on it. It’s free today so I encourage all of you to check it out while it is, however this is not a game I would spend the $4.99 usual price on. Maybe there is some cooler levels in the game, but it’s definitely not a game worth 5 bucks. I don’t even want it for free, this was a quick uninstall folks. Check out the images after the break as well as the download link if you dare.