Amazon's Appstore drops Test Drive feature, now lacks a way to try out paid apps

Amazon's Appstore drops Test Drive feature, now lacks a way to try out paid apps
Amazon recently announced that it has discontinued the Test Drive service from its Android app store. Test Drive was a try-before-you-buy feature that allowed potential customers to preview apps in the browser before purchasing them. Unlike Google Play, the Amazon Appstore lacks a refund system for app purchases, and this is why Test Drive was often considered as one of the best features of Amazon's alternate Android app marketplace. 

Amazon says that it has discontinued the feature due to a significant drop in usage, quoting the rise of the 'free to play' business model as a factor. With more and more app developers now offering their apps for free while migrating to alternative revenue streams, there's no doubt that the Test Drive feature has lost the importance it had back in March 2011 when it launched. On the downside, the Amazon Appstore now completely lacks a way to test-drive a paid app. App developers shouldn't worry, as the official announcement mentions that the discontinuation of the Test Drive service will not affect the apps that used the feature in the past.

If you've never used the Amazon Appstore on your Android device before, here's a guide on how to install it and enjoy free premium apps each day.

source: Amazon

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3 Comments

1. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Strangely enough I uninstall all Amazon apps on my phone, but do use Amazon from my laptop. I haven't found a need to use any of them on my phone, am I really missing out on anything?

2. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Yep, you're missing on tons of free premium content.

3. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

As I remember it wasn't there for all apps and it wasn't working fluidly, but still it was a nice feature.

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