Amazon Appstore is turning 3, two weeks of deals incoming

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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

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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

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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]

PSA: Amazon Appstore has 10 great hits for Free plus their normal Free App of the Day

by Robert Nazarian on
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Every day the sun may or may not come out, but one thing for sure is Amazon will have a Free App of the Day. I remember when the Amazon Appstore opened two years ago. It used to be one of the first things I checked every morning. Nowadays I rarely go to the Amazon appstore, but today might be one of those days to head back. Not only are they offering the usual Free App of the Day, which happens to be Cut the Rope, they are offering 10 additional apps for free as part of their Free App of the Day Greatest Hits. Hit the break for the full rundown.

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Amazon Launches Appstore For European Countries

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We here in the States may have taken advantage of Amazon’s Appstore for a while now, but those abroad in Europe have not had the luxury of enjoying the alternative marketplace— until today. After what’s seemed like an eternity, Amazon announced today that it’s bringing its famed Appstore to the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain and gives those European customers access to Amazon’s selection of Android apps from phones and tablets. As an added bonus, Amazon will also be including those famed “Free App of the Day” like Angry Birds.

Hopefully Amazon’s increased exposure from the Appstore will give it a leg up on the European marketplace. We know you’re itching for more details, so hit the break to find the full presser from Amazon.

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HBO Go Now Available for the Kindle Fire, Other Android Tablets Still Left Out

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Kindle Fire owners should be pleased to know that the HBO Go app is now compatible with the device. Starting today, you can grab the HBO Go app from the Amazon Appstore and stream videos without having to use your browser. Unfortunately the app still doesn’t support other Android tablets but I imagine that future updates will slowly bring more tablet compatibility. For those of you Kindle Fire owners who also have a HBO subscription you can grab the app from the Amazon link below. Full press release and promo video after the break.

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Select Devices Get Beta Version Of “Test Drive” With New Amazon Appstore Update

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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.

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Amazon Appstore App Update Really Fixes Notifications And Raises 3G/4G Size Limit To 50MB

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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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Amazon’s Appstore for Android Turns One and Celebrates By Offering Premium Apps Cheap

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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 the rest

Amazon Appstore running select apps at 50% off from Black Friday through Cyber Monday [Updated]

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Everything is on sale this weekend, so how about some apps? The Amazon Appstore is going to run a few apps at 50% off starting 12:00am PST on Black Friday, November 25 through 11:59pm PST on Cyber Monday, November 28. The apps, along with their regular prices, are as follows:

  • Plants vs. Zombies/Plants vs. Zombies HD – $2.99
  • Exchange By Touchdown – $19.99
  • LogMeIn Ignition – $29.99
  • Sims or Safari! HD – 1.29
  • Shazam Encore – $4.99
  • SwiftKey X – $3.99
  • Kids ABC Letters – $2.99
UPDATE: Amazon just contact us and is now saying that Plants vs. Zombies/Plants vs. Zombies HD and Sims or Safari! HD are not confirmed for the sale even though they originally told us they were. We will let you know if they do indeed confirm them or if there are any other changes.
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