Monday, March 28, 2011

Amazon Android App Store

Amazon recently rolled out their App Store for Android phones and initially I wasn't real excited. You have to enable one click to 'purchase' apps even if they are free. But once you get over that, it's really cool. They have a daily free app, which highlights one app that normally is a paid app, but for that one day it's completely free. That is the main reason I installed the app, to get the free Angry Birds Rio. Since then I've grabbed two other free apps, Diner Dash 2, the game where you serve people in your restaurant and the Swiftkey Virtual keyboard.

So far I love the Swiftkey Keyboard, it's predictive nature has done a good job figuring out what I'm going to type next. It was recommended by a friend, but I didn't want to pay the few dollars and of course downloading a hacked copy would be illegal and immoral and require a little effort, so finding it free yesterday was a bonus.

Another feature they added today is an option to test out the app directly on their site without downloading it. That is super cool. It basically runs the app on their site via an Android emulator, saving you from having to download, try it, uninstall, etc.

I wasn't expecting a lot from the Amazon App store, but I do love Amazon and it's where I go first to buy just about everything I buy. Having good luck so far and with the new features being added almost daily, I think they will give the regular Android Market a run for their money. Even if you don't have an Android phone or tablet, you can use the test feature to try an app that might be available on your platform as well to try it before you buy/download it. Check it out!


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