Flash! The Amazon Android Appstore has arrived
As rumored, we have the Amazon Appstore this morning!
They are giving away a special version of Angry Birds, tied into the movie Rio.
Well, that was disappointing! I tried installing it on my Samsung Captivate with AT&T, and it looked like it installed, but I got a message saying:
For security, your phone is set to block installation of applications not sourced in Android Market.”
I’ll have to see if there is a legitmate way around that…my Significant Other loves Angry Birds!
The Angry Birds Rio is only free until midnight Pacific time tonight.
The store has a lot of categories, including free Amazon Apps, including Audible and Kindle. They don’t have an app for their video on demand, which is interesting.
There are 625 apps under the Books & Comics category. Those include Dr. Seuss books, manga, and more. There are 41 free apps in this category.
Hey, they have top 100 free and paid lists, just like the Kindle store! That’s nice…
That’s interesting! There are free and paid versions of some programs, like some of the Angry Birds titles…the free one of the basic AB is advertising supported…that’s the one I’ve had on my phone for a while.
You can “test drive” some apps on your computer…sort of like a free sample in the Kindle store.
Ah, I found the important part for me:
“If you have an AT&T phone or tablet, you currently can’t install the Amazon Appstore or purchase apps from it. AT&T is working to allow customers to install the Amazon Appstore and purchase apps from it. To sign up to be notified by AT&T when you are able to install the Amazon Appstore on AT&T phones and tablets, visit the AT&T website.”
Here’s the page where you can sign up to be notified when AT&T has finalized its arrangements. This is an AT&T page…it should be more directly effective than clicking the “Tell the publisher” link on a Kindle store book.
The feedback e-mail address to Amazon is
There are special gift cards:
This is also an important paragraph:
They are also going to do a free app of the day, which would be one for which you would normally pay.
Do you have an Android app you’d like to see in the Amazon Appstore? Start here:
It’s funny, and this is just to give you my feeling on it, but I really want access to this! I’m not app crazy…I don’t have a lot of the on my phone. For whatever reason, though, I’m feeling like it would be fun, exciting, and reasonably priced. Maybe you can get most of it already through the Android Marketplace…but it makes a big difference to me that this is the familiar Amazon interface. I know how to browse the store, how to find things. We’ll have Amazon style reviews and ratings. Being able to shop on my computer rather than my phone is a big plus.
Well, check it out, and feel free to tell me what you think. I’ll let you know when I get access on my phone.
Oh, and no Amazon Android tablet yet…
No press release on the appstore yet, either…I’ll add a link when there is one.
Update: here’s that
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.