Amazon kills its Windows Phone app for good on August 15

Amazon kills its Windows Phone app for good on August 15
Amazon last month removed its Windows Phone app from the Windows Store search results and announced that the app won't be available for download after July 25. It can still be downloaded with a direct link. Existing users will be able to use the service until August 15 when the it will be killed off for good.

Amazon revealed the news via emails sent out to current and past users of its app. This is what the email says:


As you can see from the email, Amazon recommends that Windows Phone users do their shopping through the mobile version of the site. Interestingly enough, PayPal recommended exactly the same thing before it killed its apps for Windows Phone and Amazon Fire last month. Whether Amazon has a new app in the works, is currently unknown. If that's the case, it better be a universal one!

source: Amazon (embedded email) via MSPoweruser

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56 Comments

1. der_damo

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

Ouch, slapped right in the E-Mail .. I mean face.

2. ebilcake

Posts: 1227; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

If I was using a windows device I would just use chrome in desktop mode. The windows app store is a joke.

4. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

I agree and easier to block the ads through the chrome. I really like wm10 though not really own it. In terms of multitasking and smoothness beat android and ios. I really like wm10 despite not having the actual device (my xiaomi mi4 able though), hopefully Ms will find a way around to fix the appgaps

6. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

I don't know about that, you can't skip through commercials on YouTube with chrome but you can with explorer, at least I can with my lumia 1520, all the apps I need are there, no joke at all.

8. xq10xa

Posts: 808; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Can't skip commercials on YouTube on Chrome > Having to use a Windows Phone. Any day. Any freaking day. There is a reason WP doesn't sell. It sucks. It's smooth cuz there's nothing to use on it. I would rather use a Galaxy S3 than the newest Windows Phone out

10. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

So if we follow your logic, McDonald's is the best burger joint in the world because they sell the most, right? what does using a windows phone have to do with using chrome? I was merely sharing why I wouldn't use it. I would rather stick to my faithful windows phone that doesn't lag and still works just as smooth after all these years than dropping 800$ every two years just to get the latest android that is promised to not lag anymore. Yeah right, it's pathetic that up to this day, on an android you can't manually select the bands you want your phone to operate unless you root it, you go ahead and stick to that paltry OS that's ironically very limited with inferior cameras and poor build quality.

14. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Maybe not specific bands, but under settings there is a Preferred Network Type. It lets you choose between Global, LTE/CDMA, & LTE/GSM/UMTS. Of course it doesn't limit you to specific carrier bands, but it does eliminate technologies that aren't of use to you, since no carrier runs both GSM and CDMA.

21. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

yeah I had that app on my android phone too, but I am talking about SPECIFIC bands, like 700mhz band 12, 1700/2100 mhz band 4 etc, it's a trait that Nokia embedded, my old symbian phone had this capability too.

29. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

It's not an app, it's a setting baked into Android's core.

51. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Okay how do you access it?

57. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

It's in the settings under Cellular Networks. And I realize that there is a "Settings" icon in the app drawer, but that's a shortcut, if you delete it you don't delete your settings.

58. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

I did and it doesn't show me the bands, just mode (hspa, LTE, gsm) can you post a screen shot?

59. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Which is exactly what I said it would say. I thought I made that pretty clear in post 14. The only thing I corrected you on was that it was in the settings not in an app. But no it doesn't do specific bands, but you can exclude certain technologies (limit it to either GSM or CDMA, dependent on the carrier you're on).

61. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

I never said mode, I specifically said bands, which well I've been able to set since the Symbian days.

62. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

And they accomplish nearly the same thing. If you're in the mode containing CDMA mode for example, you have eliminated a number of bands. May I ask, what the benefit of cherrypicking specific bands? Is it really saving that much battery of making the signal any stronger?

63. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

yes it does, I recently traveled through central texas zig zagging from austin to crockett tx and in the middle of nowhere I had absolutely no reception(my phone had switched to gsm, so LTE was not even being considered), but then I forced my phone to band 12 in order to get some connection, and voila, it worked. Same thing when am inside a building and my phone wants to connect to band 2 for service, I then force it to band 12 or band 17 when I'm using at&t. Yes, signal gets stronger and faster, saves battery and well you would actually get a signal, while nearly but not exactly the same thing, being that a phone will want to connect to the stronger signal (gsm, hspa) instead of the faster signal (LTE whichever band you want to take advantage of).

64. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

So you're saying you had no reception whatsoever, but by forcing it to one band, all of the sudden you had a solid connection? If what you're saying is true, then how they setup the phone to get signal sounds flawed. I could understand if you really wanted LTE but it was weaker than GSM, and you used this to force it to LTE only (which was something they had a year or 2 back was an LTE only mode). But to say it had no signal at all and then picking one single band and it all of the sudden had decent connectivity? Somethings wrong with that scenario. Basically your phone has a threshold and if the signal level doesn't meet that threshold, it just says no signal when there is in fact signal to be used.

65. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

I honestly think so as well, sadly that's what happens, to me at least, plus at times when it does connect to LTE it wants to connect to the lower frequency, which is also slower, but I can also force it to connect to the higher frequency, which tends to be faster than the smaller frequency, even at a lower signal.

66. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

The reason they go with the strongest signal is to ensure that there will be less chance of dropouts. Which is better, a faster frequency that drops out regularly because it doesn't have the same signal strength or a slower frequency that doesn't drop out as much or at all? Lower frequencies carry longer and penetrate buildings better. That's why they go with them. If they were setup to always go with the higher frequencies, they would most likely have a lot more dropouts, which looks worse for a communications company than a slower data rate. That's why they choose the slower frequency, because in lower signal areas, it has the best chance of successful transmission. The modes that I listed are what is there currently. I do remember that in the recent past, while it didn't list specific frequencies, there were more modes, like 3G only or LTE only, which accomplished roughly the same thing you're saying.

42. cryptonx

Posts: 60; Member since: Jan 05, 2016

Dude give it up already. I loved my lumia 920/930 but its a dead end. With 0 support from devs. Wp is dead

56. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

it might be a dead end, but on the mean time it works and works well, I don't care for the latest trends or the latest video games, I need a phone that works and that works for me, and so far Lumia works amazing for me.

47. xq10xa

Posts: 808; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

No. I am saying by my logic Windows Blows. Everyone knows it blows. I use WP. I alternate just to do it because I have extra phones. Sometimes it is nice to take the 1520 and 1020 out to take some nice pictures and send some texts. That's about it. WP is a sorry piece of s**t operating system. You go have fun with MetroTube and Groove Music. I can use Windows Phone for maybe a day tops or a couple of hours. If you are choosing WP just to select bands.....well then damn son. GOod luck with that.

54. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

"I am saying by my logic Windows Blows." Exactly, your logic that you came up somehow that only targets windows phone. You wanted to go about this comparison quantitatively, so I gave you a quantitative rebuttal, now if your brain can't comprehend that then there's other issues taking place here. Again, by your logic, a toyota camry is a much better car than a Range Rover because of the minuscule market share Range Rovers have over camries, right? It has made a huge difference of saving a couple thousand dollars selecting bands, which as a matter of fact yes it is a big deal for me. If you say your quantitative logic only applies to windows phone then you're just being childish, being that you're not being unbiased and are just trolling.

48. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

There is nothing factual about what you have said. You really treat us like fools, Bernoulli.

49. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Right, @joey_sfb! Bernoulli never admits when he's being proven wrong. He only begins to label "childish" or "noob" to those who oppose him, like he knows everything, and like no one can correct him. If he's so wise, then he would not have counted "playing youtube in background" a pros for his beloved Windows Phone OS. This sucks!

55. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Provide me a link with sources otherwise you're talking out of your ass.

45. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

There no need to rub salt into wound. Microsoft also don't care whether WP is successfully or not. If they do they would not sabotage themselves by pricing their phone out of commercial sense. Release their updates first to iOS follows by Android. Windows get their features build into WP that about it. It's a sad situation for WP fans. Not sure why one find a need to be fan of anything.

16. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Bernouli the notorious Windows Phone defender! Use your brain before spewing garbage. Google is the developer of Chrome and the owner of Youtube. So it's natural that Google will not want you to skip through ads on Youtube with Chrome, so as to garner much profit as possible per video on Youtube!

23. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

haha nice to see you made a new account yourself! So now it's called garbage for pointing out being able to skip through ads, fantastic.

27. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

No, Bernoulli. You're implying that skipping through ads is a pro for Windows Phone and a con for Android. Just like you said "I'm yet to play YouTube in the backround on Android". That isn't any con of Android. Google doesn't let Youtube play in the background because Google wants to prevent users from using Youtube like an ad-free non-paid streaming service. Hence will only let Youtube play when Youtube is actually on the current screen, thus letting the ads being displayed and viewed, Windows Phone's -1% markert share is too low for Google to worry about the potential loss of ads revenues when WP users play Youtube in the background. But Google can't afford to let Youtube play in background on Android, because the potential loss in ad revenues is high, given Android's 80% market share. So, stop spewing garbage in your attempts at defending Windows Phone versus Android.

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