Amazon kills off its Test Drive service, announces it the day after the fact


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.

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Amazon is giving away $105 worth of games and apps via the Appstore  Free App of the Day  Apps   Games

There’s no such thing as having too many apps on your smartphone, am I right? And sure, while you’ll always have your favourite apps, there’s so many others to try out, perhaps you are bored of your current game or you are looking at trying our a new fitness tracker. Whatever your needs, Amazon have probably got you covered with its latest collection of free apps worth a combined $105.

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Flappy Bird returns, and he’s bringing friends


For those of you crushed by the news that Flappy Bird was going MIA back in February, take heart: Flappy Bird is back. Flappy Birds Family has been released on the Amazon Appstore, but only for Fire TV. The game is meant to be played multiplayer and boasts the same simple gameplay that its predecessor did, all for free. While FBF is not yet available on the Google Play store, there have been mumblings that it will be added in the coming weeks.

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Amazon hosting two day promotion full of free apps


One of the major driving forces of the Amazon Appstore — when it was first released — was the free app of the day. In the beginning, Amazon sported useful apps that if you were on the ball, saved you hundreds of dollars in purchases. However as time progress, the quality of free apps per day as since declined. However every so often, Amazon has promotions that brings back the chance of getting those useful apps for free. Starting today, Amazon is holding a promotion, through tomorrow, offering about a $100/£100 worth of apps for free.

Some notable apps include Plex, Accuweather Premium, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and Splashtop Remote Desktop. Depending on whether you’re in the UK or the US, you have a few different apps to pick from, but for the most part they’re consistent. Hit the source to get to your respective deals.

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Amazon Appstore value rising as many developers see equal revenue with competing platforms


Compared to last year, the Amazon Appstore has seen its selection triple. The company is announcing many milestones to show just how valuable the Appstore has become. The aforementioned growth, which pegs the selection at over 240,000 apps, was done largely due to the 200 countries where the Amazon Appstore is available. The apps can also be downloaded to Android devices and Amazon’s very own Kindle Fire lineup.

Revenue is key for developers and Amazon is proud to say that developing or porting apps for the Appstore is lucrative. In a recent survey of 360 developers, 65% found that their total revenue in the Amazon Appstore was equal with competing platforms. Many of those same developers even saw increased per user revenue with Kindle Fire devices. Clearly the reach of Kindle Fire devices thanks to Amazon’s massive online storefront does not hurt.

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Amazon has 12 music-related apps (worth over $40) for free today


The Amazon app store has been hosting quite a few sales lately. Today, they have 12 music related apps for free (total value is over $40). They have apps for listening to music as well as creating music. There’s even something for the DJs out there.

Hit the break for the full rundown with links. This sale ends today, so be sure to get your downloads in by midnight.

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Amazon Appstore is turning 3, two weeks of deals incoming


I remember when the Amazon Appstore first launched back in 2011, I immediately installed it on my DROID X. Every morning, one of the first things I would do is check out what the Free App Of The Day was with anticipation. For those of us that have access to the Google Play Store, that got old pretty quickly. However, there are many people with a Kindle tablet that don’t have a choice. If you’re one of those people or you just like to use the Amazon Appstore, you will be happy to know that Amazon will be running some deals to celebrate the Appstore’s 3rd birthday.

The actual birthday is March 22, but the festivities have already begun.

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Amazon offering a slew of apps for free, savings total more than $15


Usually Amazon has a free app of the day to entice customers to utilize their Appstore. But today, the company is offering an additional eight applications to be picked up for absolutely nothing. And the apps available are quite impressive — Wheel of Fortune, Sonic Jump, and Wreck-It Ralph among others. Excluding the usual free app of the day, Amazon’s set of free apps total about $17.

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SEGA holding holiday sale with Sonic games for up to 80% off


Sonic the Hedgehog fans, today is your lucky day. In the Google Play Store, you can purchase five games from the beloved franchise for up to 80% off. The sale runs from tomorrow, December 21, through New Year’s Day, January 1. Most of the games have been reduced to $0.99 or $1.99 while one game is now free.

Here are the prices with links to the Play Store:

  • Sonic & SEGA All-Star Racing — $0.99 from $3.99 [Play Store]
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 — $0.99 from $4.99 [Play Store]
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 — $0.99 from $1.99 [Play Store]
  • Sonic CD — $0.99 from $2.99 [Play Store]
  • Sonic Jump — FREE from $0.99 [Play Store]