Amazon Appstore allows you to try apps before you buy them
The Amazon Appstore has made quite a splash, by far, as Apple itself might have contributed to the fuss with its law suit over the name of the store, but this might have made you miss one of the most important features of the Amazon Appstore – the Test Drive option.
Okay, maybe the free daily app sounds more exciting, but what if you knew that the test drive option allows you to browse the real version of an application using a virtual machine running a full-fledged version of Android. This means that you're not limited to just some of the functionality of the application, but you actually get a lot more context by virtually running the app on an Android machine in the cloud. For the time being, the option just as the Amazon Appstore itself, is limited to U.S. customers. Some of the apps on that store might mimic the ones on the original Market, but it seems there is a good deal of unique apps. So why don't you give it a spin – all you need is an Amazon account.
1. oddmanout (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 May 2009)
I'm loving the free paid app a day part of amazon's appstore but I'm a bit skeptical as to how this is putting money in their pockets. I've already downloaded Angry Birds Rio (1.99), doodle jump(.99), shazaam encore(4.99), and diner dash 2(4.99) all for free through their appstore... Thats almost $13 worth of paid apps that they just gave away to thousands of people for the past 4 days alone. Do they make profit from downloads? Or is there a catch? I'd hate to see charges on my credit card for these apps down the road. I found it fishy that they required my card number just to launch the amazon appstore application. Then again, all amazon accounts require it. Should I be paranoid?
3. networkdood (Posts: 5562; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
No, except it will probably end soon - pretty awesome...maybe I will check out dinner dash...try that gun slinger app .....
4. downphoenix (Posts: 2235; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
this appstore is awesome. I've downloaded everything I could, got everything except I did miss out on Angry Birds Seasons apparently. One thing that's awesome if if you downloaded it for free during the promotion and delete from your phone, you can re-download for free. I did this with farm frenzy due to memory on my phone. Appears all the apps support SD card too, most apps do these days but there's still a lot that dont unfortunately, refreshing to see these are not just undercooked apps they are just piling in there.