Posts Tagged ‘amazon’

Amazon Appstore UK still not available to download

September 20, 2011

Rumours on the grape vine were that Amazon quietly unleashed the Amazon Appstore for people who don’t happen to live in the US.

I can confirm however that this is just not true. Not for UK users anyway (see below)

Amazon App Store not available in the UK download

You can still access it via other means however but it may still be some time before we see it accept our hard-earned British pounds as Amazon haven’t announced anything yet 😦

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New Android Market out soon – US gets movies and books; UK gets nothing

July 22, 2011

I’m not here to moan, just to update you on the new Market app that will be rolling out soon to our Desires. Google announced it a few weeks back and we have yet to receive it over here.

Those lucky US folk will be able to rent movies and purchase books from the new Market which is a pretty cool thing. All these movies can be streamed almost instantly through the Videos app which comes pre-installed on nearly all recent Android phones. Rentals start at $1.99 which is a pretty good price if you’re only going to be watching the odd movie here or there.

Books will also now be available to download and buy through the Market but what app they’re opened in wasn’t clear. Google are copying Amazon’s excellent Whisper-Sync idea meaning that your downloaded books will be available on all your Android devices no matter where you are.

Apart from these two changes the only other things different with the app are the general look and layout. It looks suspiciously like the Amazon App Store which I’m not sure is a good thing really.

The other thing to note of course is that for the rest of the world who don’t live in the US (yes there are a few of us) we will not see any of these new services in the near future. This is most likely down to some licensing restrictions which will hopefully be sorted out pronto so I can watch Harry Potter whilst on my morning commute*

Have a look at these screenshots anyway and see what you think.

New Android Market Editors Choice
New Android Market 2011

*I don’t commute and I don’t like Harry Potter

PopCap’s Peggle for Android out tomorrow?

June 17, 2011

PopCap tweeted earlier today that Peggle would be out to download for Android “very soon…”

This is likely to mean tomorrow if my calculations are correct – and quite possibly for free too. Sadly it’s going to be another Amazon App Store exlcusive for the time being but you know there’s a way around that for the rest of us who DON’T live in the USA.

To recap on what Peggle is follow my article from last year on some of the best PopCap games.

Plants Vs Zombies for Android now available to download for free!

May 31, 2011

Finally, after months and months of waiting; Plants Vs Zombies is finally out on Android and best of all, today only, it’s FREE (usual price is $2.99)!

Here’s the bad news: it’s only available via the Amazon App Store.

BUT, here’s the good news: even if you don’t live in the UK you can still get Amazon App Store working on your Android phone. There are some instructions here on how to get the Amazon App Store UK working on your Android phone.

Plants Vs Zombies Android out tomorrow for US

May 16, 2011

PopCap announced earlier tonight that Plants Vs Zombies and Chuzzle would be exclusively hitting the Amazon App Store for US customers tomorrow (16h May) – for FREE!

This is very sad news for us European customers as the Amazon App Store is STILL not available to us. What have we done to be treated like this? PopCap have not announced if or when the games will be available through the Android Market which obviously has the larger user base. Perhaps like Angry Birday Rio it’ll just be an exclusive for a few weeks or something?

So close yet so far to having Plants Vs Zombies on my HTC Desire.

Plants Vs Zombies Android

It's in sight but not in reach just yet for UK users

Amazon App Store site and prices leaked

March 19, 2011

amazonappstoreThe bored Germans over at Android News were messing around on the Amazon website a few days back and stumbled upon the holding page for Amazon’s new app store.

The page at http://www.amazon.com/apps was later taken offline but that didn’t stop Frank from Android News taken a few screenshots and even creating a nice little table comparing the prices of Amazon’s store to Google’s Market.

The prices don’t look too dissimilar to the Market but obviously Amazon have some exclusive titles and are able to accept more payment methods than Google Checkout. There is even a rumour that the Amazon App Store will launch on the 22nd March but we will have to wait and find out. For more information and some sneaky screenshots be sure to check out Android News’ post on the matter.

New ‘Angry Birds Rio’ will be exclusive to Android via Amazon App Store

March 14, 2011

Amazon have bagged exclusive rights to distribute the next version of Angry Birds: Angry Birds Rio. It will be launched through Amazon’s very own app store on the 22nd March (according to Rovio – the developers)

Why is this such a big deal? Well, Angry Birds on Android has sold 30 million copies alone so Amazon having exclusive rights to distribute this sure-to-be-sought-after new version can only mean a good launch for Amazon’s new store.

How well the store will hold up is yet to be seen as it faces stiff competition from Google’s Market.

See below for teaser trailer for the upcoming game.

‘Amazon Appstore’ coming to Android

January 9, 2011

amazonappstoreAmazon have plans to release their own ‘Appstore’ for the Android mobile operating system.

The Apps on Amazon’s store will go through a testing and approval process before being allowed on the store. This is similar to the way Microsoft handle their Indie Games, Arcade games on the Xbox 360 – and yes, how Apple go about their App Store.

Amazon hope to takle the problems Google have experienced with their Market application and its quality control – Sexy Girls Wallpapers anyone?!

Here is what the Amazon Appstore team had to say:

At Amazon, we start with the customer and work backwards, and we’re always looking for ways to improve the customer experience.  The sheer number of apps available today makes it hard for customers to find high-quality, relevant products – and developers similarly struggle to get their apps noticed.  Amazon’s innovative marketing and merchandising features are designed to help customers find and discover relevant products from our vast selection, and we’re excited to apply those capabilities to the apps market segment.

This can only be good news for us Android users as it promises high quality apps and therefore, in theory, high quality developers to develop for the OS. We can expect to see the Appstore hit our phones late this year.  Head over to the Amazon Appstore Dev page for more info

5 things you need to know about the HTC Desire

March 9, 2010

Stuff.tv have posted their definitive list of the things you NEED to know about the HTC Desire. Okay so you probably already know them already but it’s always nice to read up and make yourself even more excited about the phone’s April release.

http://stuff.tv/News/5-things-you-need-to-know-about-the-HTC-Desire/14180/

I think my favourite from their list is the following:

Everyone wants in
When we got hands on with the Desire at MWC in February, HTC told us that all key retailers and networks have taken on the handset, meaning there’ll be no pesky exclusivity deals when it launches.

HTC Desire now available to pre-order from Amazon UK

March 6, 2010

Amazon have finally got in on the HTC Desire pre-ordering game. The phone has appeared for pre-order with a price of £528.68 and a release date of 1st April 2010.

April Fools joke? Let’s hope not.

Obviously the price is way more on what I reported on earlier in the week (£373.81) but it’s a sure to get even more competition going.

Will keep you updated with the best prices around.

HTC Desire Mobile Phone

HTC Desire - Now available to pre-order from Amazon UK


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