The Amazon Appstore: Why Have You Not Installed It?

by Tyler on October 14, 2011 · 0 comments

by Tyler on October 14, 2011 · 0 comments

Amazon App Store

This is an intervention. Don’t worry, you’re surrounded by friends who just want what’s best for you. The Amazon Appstore has been available for Android phones and tablets since March 2011, so why are you still not using it? Perhaps you didn’t know about it? Maybe you don’t know how to install it? I’m not judging you, I just want to show you how to get free android apps. Follow along, and I’ll help you to understand why the Amazon Appstore is an essential part of your Android experience.

In all seriousness, I’m constantly surprised by the number of Android users who have never heard of the Amazon Appstore. “But I’ve already got the Android Market,” you retort. “Why on earth would I need another one?” Because I know how much you like free stuff. It doesn’t matter what it is, “free” is almost always better, right?

The main draw to the Amazon Appstore is the fact that they give away one paid app for free, every single day. Yes, you heard me right – one app for free, everyday, and I’m not talking about apps that they couldn’t pay you to download, I’m talking about premium apps.

Off of the top of my head I’ve downloaded, for free, Plants vs. Zombies, Ad-Free versions of Angry Birds, Screebl Pro, TouchDown, and many, many more. Sometimes the daily free app is normally $0.99, sometimes it’s $12.99, in the end you still get it for nothing more than a button press. No app is sacred. The best part: you can download the featured app and install it on all of your Android devices (to which you’ve installed the Amazon Appstore and linked your account).

I won’t go into detail about how to install it because Amazon has fantastic, step-by-step, screenshot-embellished instructions. I would, however, recommend that you sign up for an Amazon account first, if you don’t already have one. Again, it’s free!

Another great reason to use the Amazon Appstore is their exclusive deal with PopCap games, makers of  Peggle, and Plants vs. Zombies (PvZ). The Android versions of these games are available only on Amazon. PvZ alone is reason enough to install the Appstore, or so says my wife.

The Amazon Appstore is easy to navigate and has tons of options for helping you to find what you’re looking for. They’ll even recommend apps for you based on what is popular and what you have searched for. Another really cool feature is called “Test Drive,” which allows you to try any app on their cloud, free, for 30 minutes (from a web browser).

My one gripe is that there is currently no way to automatically update your apps, like in the main Android Market. You have to go to Menu | My Apps | Update Available and see what you can update.  It’s slightly annoying, but definitely worth the price of admission.

See, that wasn’t so bad. Now you know why you need to install the Amazon Appstore. That’s professional help and it only cost you a few minutes of your time. Enjoy your free apps!

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