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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Today, Amazon’s free app of the day is, Lets Bowl, a decent game with great graphics and easy gameplay. I am not going to spend much time going over it as this is one of the bowling games that we have reviewed in the past. To get a comparison against other similar games, check out our other bowling game reviews for PBA Bowling 2 and 3D Bowling.
When playing the game I notice that there isn’t much control over placing spin on the ball and sometimes ball travel seems very unrealistic. I don’t think that this is one of those in depth physics based games but rather something you can play to kill a few minutes of spare time. Hit the source link below to get the free download but be sure that you already have the Amazon Appstore installed on your device, if not, read up on our quick tips page to learn how.
[via Amazon Appstore]
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.
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.