With the Amazon Kindle Fire release just over the horizon, Amazon has updated their Appstore to be more tablet friendly. The update to 2.0 largely focuses improving the on UI for better usability on the Kindle Fire but brings a few noticeable changes for smartphones. The Appstore’s old white background has been replaced with shades of grey, somewhat of a resemblance to the new Android Market. Additional settings have been added amongst the new the new layout which gives you the ability to enable in-app purchases, parental controls, and provides an easier view of your Amazon gift card balance.
If you don’t have the Amazon Appstore yet, you are missing out on daily free downloads that we report on every morning. Hit the link below to gain access to Android’s alternative application superstore, and jump past the break for more screenshots.
First off, I love games like this. I have X Construct, which is a same style game and made nicely, but Wooden Bridges is by far the hands down winner for me. In Wooden Bridge you’re asked to build bridges to get the car or train across the gap. The game gives you a set number of wood planks to use, and you have to create a solid bridge. If the bridge is strong enough the vehicle makes it across. If it’s not strong enough however, gravity kicks in (well the computer simulated gravity anyways) and the vehicle falls and you must rebuild your bridge.
What totally hit this home for me is, the developers thought outside the box and gave us a level right away that asks you to make the car jump the gap. OK, so maybe I’m a little to happy about this, but it is an interesting new take on bridge style games. How many of these games can they make before we are no longer interested in just building bridges? Answer: Not very many.
Check out the screen shots below the break.
It appears that Amazon didn’t want their Kindle Fire to get lost in the hype of all the latest tablet news and released some new info with hopes to re-kindle the fire. After today’s Asus Transformer Prime announcement, Amazon dropped a new press release describing the ins and outs of its latest tablet endeavor, and yes, its Android powered.
Will the Kindle Fire be an Android tablet? Will we have access to the Android Market? These have been questions on all of our minds and the answer is yes and no. Literally in that order. The Kindle Fire is powered by Android but will be accompanied by a custom UI, unfortunately you will not have access to the Android Market with the official build of the OS (but you can bet the devs will cook something up!). You will though, have access to thousands of apps via Amazon’s very own market, the Amazon Appstore. Here, check out what Amazon has to offer:
When Kindle Fire customers across the country open their boxes next week, they will be able to choose from several thousand of the most popular Android apps and games, including Netflix, Rhapsody, Pandora, Twitter, Comics by comiXology, Facebook, The Weather Channel and popular games from Zynga, EA, Gameloft, PopCap and Rovio. Kindle Fire customers will be able to download these apps and games without having to register multiple times and using Amazon’s simple and secure 1-Click payment technology. Plus, all apps are Amazon-tested on Kindle Fire for the best experience possible, customers can get a great “paid” app for free every day, and once you’ve downloaded an app from the Amazon Appstore, it’s available on Kindle Fire as well as your other Android-based devices.
So there you have it. Another official Android tablet. And this one is only $199! Any one pre-ordered yet?
Jump past the break for the full press release.
Amazon has done it again with another very good selection for their free app of the day. 3D Bio Ball HD is an awesome throw back of Marble Madness for me. As a kid I loved that game, and now that I am older it is really nice to see a game like 3D Bio Ball HD. Now even though this game is different from Marble Madness on the old NES. It is one of the better labyrinth-style games on the Android platform.
The game opens up with your choice of campaign or quick play mode. I suggest you start with campaign mode as it gives you the much needed tutorial as well as the story line of the game. I use traverse the playing field, you are given objects to collect like; bolts and coins that can later be used in the shop to upgrade your Bio Ball. As with all labyrinth-style games there are obstacles to watch out for and I’m not just talking about holes in the floor, they got creative on this one! Check out the images after the break.
Today’s free Amazon app is a little different than what we usually see on a daily basis. What you get today, is a free interactive children’s book in app form, and given the today’s holiday, The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin, is quite fitting.
This bookapp, as I will refer to it, was written by Joe Troiano and illustrated by Susan Banta and tells the tale of Spookley, a square pumpkin living in a round world. Throughout the story, Spookley, deals with harsh peers and is shunned because of his shape. This bookapp delivers a special message of tolerance and self-acceptance that’s just right for Halloween or any day of the year.
Today’s free Amazon app, Hungry MonstR, is another one of those time-killer games. Usually $1.99, this may not be that killer game you have been looking for and ends up being one of those you load only to hand off to your kids while driving.
The game-play is easy, you have to protect your ice cream cart from hungry monsters who’s only desire is to make off with your goods without the intention of paying. Each monster has a different color, one of four colors that correlates with these suction tube thingys in each corner of your screen. As the game begins, the monsters walk toward your cart at a leisurely pace in random order from all sides of the screen. Your goal is to flick them into one of the corner tubes based on what color the monster is, blue monster – flick em’ to the blue tube, pink monster – pink tube. You get the idea, just don’t flick the monster into the wrong color tube because that will plug it up for a few seconds rendering it unusable. As you progress the monsters pick up the pace, all the while bringing even more monster friends to the ice cream heist.
You’ve finally broken down and want to see what the Amazon App Store is all about? Well you’re in luck, here’s a quick tutorial for how to install the app on your phone or tablet. At the time of this writing, the Amazon App Store is only available in the United States. As it opens up in more areas, this tutorial will be updated.
Let’s start off with a basic understanding of the app itself. The Amazon App Store is an alternative to Google’s own Market. Using your Amazon.com account, you can see many of the apps you’d find in the Market as well as Amazon-exclusive apps. There are thousands of apps available to go along with many being submitted on a daily basis. When you see an app that you are interested in, then you go ahead and download the app. The process is similar to downloading an app in the Market, but has a few slight differences which is where this tutorial will come in and help you.
Amazon’s free app of the day is another method of killing time. CandySwipe by Runsome, is a brain teaser similar to Bubble Popper, but with a twist. You see delectable treats such as Hershey’s Kisses, peppermints, candy apples, and gingerbread men among other sweet treats instead of bubbles. You simply swipe your finger left, right, up, down, or diagonally across matching pieces of candy without touching non-matching pieces. As you swipe five or more pieces, you’ll gain additional time and added points. For an added strategy, you can also track back your swipes to collect missed pieces as long as your finger doesn’t touch a non-matching candy piece along the way.
Amazon’s free app today is an entertainment app only. Ghost Radar uses the phones sensors to measure the electric magnetic fields around you. It features a radar image that shows you different color dots on the screen that represent possible nearby ghosts. Every so often it will give you a word. Some of them are random and others have made the hair on my arms stand up.
I downloaded it this morning around 2am, and it was a little creepy hearing words like “coming” and “attack” in the total dark. I’ve been playing with it more this morning and it doesn’t seem to have the same creepy effect as it does in the dark.
Even though this is for entertainment purposes only, it is defiantly an app that you could (and should) trick your friends with Halloween right around the corner. Especially if you have one of those easy to scare friends. Cause everyone knows scaring people is what Halloween is all about. (oh and candy too)
Check out these screen shots to see the look of the app.
If you’re not using the App Store, 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.
You can also find Ghost Radar here. For an app that will usually run you $0.99, it is worth the money for a good laugh and maybe it will make your hair rise too. Today would be even better to get it while it is free.
If you download it share your stories with us in the comments below. How many of your friends did you creep out with it?
Today’s Free Amazon App is perfect for anyone, but especially those constantly on the go (which is most of us). OfficeSuite Pro 5 not only the free deal of the day, but perhaps the free deal of the year. The app, created by Mobile Systems, Inc. is a productivity suite aimed to help make our lives just a little easier.
You’ll be able to access tools for word processing, develop spreadsheets, and browse PDF and Powerpoint files.