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Angry Birds Rio Unplayable if Amazon AppStore is Uninstalled

If you installed the new Amazon AppStore this morning to grab Angry Birds Rio, you might not want to uninstall it any time soon.  If you do, and then try to play AB Rio, you’ll see the following message on your screen.

It looks like the Amazon Appstore was uninstalled from your device.  Please install the Amazon Appstore and sign in with your username and password to use this app.

Smart move by Amazon, but frustrating to those of you out there that don’t want an extra appstore app taking up space on your phone’s internal memory and in your app drawer.  Kids got to make money somehow, right?  Hopefully this isn’t a trend with all of their apps.

Cheers @davekover and everyone else!

  • Ajrl

    I love and hate the amazon app store. First Love.. On my Moment i have downloaded AB and AB Season from the Market (google) and each time I might get a month out of it before it crashes and burns or the new update comes out and I cant play it.. Loaded Rio from Amazon and the picture quality and game are perfect. No more White boxes, no more slowness I love it!

    Now my Con Got a game rollerball and it doesnt work. wont go past the first page just skips and I have a screen like if I was watching an old film.. So now I have an app that I have looked everywhere to uninstall and guess what… I must be missing it.. But I cant find anywhere to uninstall it..

    Atleast at the market if I go to my download tab and I click on the game or app I can just from there click uninstall.. Amazon must be hiding that from me.. lol Anyone know how to do it?

  • Anonymous

    Thats kind of a cr@p move to require it.

  • http://twitter.com/ant_fallin Anthony Fallin

    ha

  • http://blog.kwyps.com/ Theah

    Yikes! That’s a dirty move.

    Does anyone know if it’s like that with all apps downloaded from the Amazon Appstore or is it just ones that were on the ‘free app of the day’?

    • Michaelsheas

      It’s all apps, paid or unpaid. I bought Angry Birds “Premium” and after the insidious Amazon app store kept popping up on my notifications bar, I happily deleted it. Now, the Angry Birds app I paid for no longer works. I get the same pop up message from Amazon you see above. But I have learned my lesson, I’m never purchasing anything from the Amazon app store again.

  • Buckgrad

    Having another app store installed is no big deal to me. AND its really nice to finally play Angry Birds without he ad banners getting in the way!

  • Buckgrad

    Having another app store installed is no big deal to me. AND its really nice to finally play Angry Birds without he ad banners getting in the way!

  • Marc Sumter

    i skimmed the comments and did not see this asked/addressed. if it was i apologize. so, question: if you want to get rio today via the amazon app store and you pay for it does it still require you to keep the amazon app as well, or was that simply a condition of getting the game for free yesterday? i can see being upset having paid for an app but actually needing to maintain 2 apps on your phone.

  • Anonymous

    The Android platform has many companies that want to extract as much money from us as possible instead of one company. The monetization train has left the station, no point in crying over it. At least we have a more competitive market which will likely lead to more competitive pricing.

  • http://photo.katzmatt.com Matt Katzenberger

    To look at this Amazon Appstore thing from an alternate angle, doesn’t this mean that non-Google-approved devices can now have a legit appstore? (yes I know, sneaky people have included Gapps in their custom roms anyway, but for people who don’t want to be sneaky, or for lesser-known hardware devs, doesn’t this present a free, legal, and easy alternative?

  • TrueVoice

    Amazon partnering with (bribing) developers so they only put their apps out through their market is playing dirty. It flys in the face of everything Android stands for. It’s not open at all, it’s a kind of vender lock in.

    Also, not letting users play apps they downloaded through their market if its uninstalled is lame.

    Boycott the Amazon appstore!

  • Oishimitzu

    It has better graphics and runs much better on my phone than original AB or Seasons. So Amazon/Roxio wants to cover their ass by making sure you got your paid amazon apps through amazon… big effing deal. It’s a nice game, and a nice alternative market that is going to offer a free app of the day. No wait, you guys are right… Amazon is the devil.

  • http://twitter.com/d1m1m1 David M

    GO TO HELL AMAZON!!! But hey will Angry Birds Rio come to the Android Market? Any time soon?

    • Buckgrad

      If its a freebie, I guarantee it will have ads getting in the way of play like the others.

  • Bigwalrus23

    I don’t mind the app store being there but why do I have to bee logged in all the time just to play it

    • Buckgrad

      It just needs to be in your app drawer. The game opens like any other version.

  • http://www.facebook.com/richardjdillon Rich Dillon

    there are cracked versions flying around the internetz where you dont need amazon app store

  • Dasschlemmer

    No we do not need another app store and I dont like the fact its asking me to set up a 1-click checkout and I have to add a credit card. I dont shop @ amazon and I dont want to give them my info if all i want to get its a game that could have just been added to the android market. Blah! Stupid BIRDS!

  • Tincanpuller

    “You only have to do this once”.

    Thank God.

    Can they (Amazon) make getting started any more convoluted?

    Where’s my slingshot? I have an Angry Bird to lob at Castle Bezos,

  • Anonymous

    It is really quite embarrassing for the Android community when people whine about getting a paid app for free. If it bothers you that much DON’T download it and Amazon appstore will fail, if it doesn’t then most people do want another appstore. This is one of the definitions of the term freetard, people who get shit for free and are still unhappy. If it is a bad idea pay for it on the Android market when available. If you want it for free today accept the terms or STFU.

    • Dasschlemmer

      I’d rather pay for it on the android market then have to download the Amazon app & then have to supply them with my creditcard info. oh and “Its my party so I complain if I want to!”…

      • Anonymous

        If you are willing to pa for it then complain away. Its people who bitch
        and get the free software that make no sense. Like people who bitch about
        government and don’t vote.

  • RW-1

    So what … Ok. So I get done with ABR and uninstall that and their app store, if I want it again I’ll install both again and play …

    Would work that way as well if I get a new device, so ….

  • Bizarospeak

    So I installed the app store and I downloaded the game and when I clicked install it took like 3 secords before giving me a application not installed message. Droid X.

    • D-X-Vette

      same here w/my d-x. r u rooted? trying to find out if thats the prob.

    • cgood

      Instructions for the Droid X or Droid 2 and got RIO to install. It’s great! For those who need the instructions:

      1. Make sure you allow installation of non-Market applications in the Applications settings on your Droid X/2.
      2. Download and install the Amazon Appstore application. Make sure you have an Amazon account.
      3. Connect your Droid X/2 to your PC via USB cable.
      4. Switch the USB Connection type to USB Mass Storage (click on usb connection under notifications).
      5. Find the USB Mass Storage folder under My Computer.
      6. Open the .android_secure folder directory.
      7. Delete the smdl2tmp1.asec file in the directory. DO NOT delete any other files you see in the .android_secure directory, you may end up deleting your applications and other associated data.
      8. Once deleted, disconnect your Droid X/2 from the PC.
      9. Install the Angry Birds Rio game.
      10. Enjoy!

    • cgood

      Instructions for the Droid X or Droid 2 and got RIO to install. It’s great! For those who need the instructions:

      1. Make sure you allow installation of non-Market applications in the Applications settings on your Droid X/2.
      2. Download and install the Amazon Appstore application. Make sure you have an Amazon account.
      3. Connect your Droid X/2 to your PC via USB cable.
      4. Switch the USB Connection type to USB Mass Storage (click on usb connection under notifications).
      5. Find the USB Mass Storage folder under My Computer.
      6. Open the .android_secure folder directory.
      7. Delete the smdl2tmp1.asec file in the directory. DO NOT delete any other files you see in the .android_secure directory, you may end up deleting your applications and other associated data.
      8. Once deleted, disconnect your Droid X/2 from the PC.
      9. Install the Angry Birds Rio game.
      10. Enjoy!

  • D-X-Vette

    ab-rio wont install on rooted d-x. ??? beacuse of root? help!

    • Ghghgfh

      No, mine is rooted, installed fine. Must have amazon app store installed.

  • http://geekwarrior.net/ trackerk

    I’ve bought about 100 songs from Amazon’s MP3 market. If I uninstall their app, the songs still work. If I buy a new phone, I can just copy the songs to the new phone and they still work, app or not. DRM is so 5 minutes ago.

  • http://twitter.com/mnguyea David Nguyen

    It not the issue of copyright because I firmly believe that Google/Market needs to better deal with the issue of piracy. In the long run it hurts everyone. What I don’t need is another Market place to sync with my phone and check for updates. Yes, Amazon is a great online seller. I buy stuff from them all the time but for me the Android Market is the Main Store. It is like Gameloft just only having games on their site. I personally hate that site. You get no support from them, updates or refunds. If you are going to put it there then put it also in the Market. It gives the choice. If you want to go through Amazon fine. Isn’t that was Android is about choice and not locked down. I’ll wait until it hits the Market until then there are plenty of other great games to keep me busy.

    On another note how does this work on the Xoom if you want to install games/apps?

    • http://geekwarrior.net/ trackerk

      The Amazon market and Rio installed fine on my Xoom. I installed it long enough to get some packet captures of the phone-home and confirm it was DRM’d up. Then Amazon market and Rio uninstalled fine too. At least unlike the Sony Rootkit fiasco mentioned earlier in the comments, Amazon market does seem to have left no trace.

    • http://geekwarrior.net/ trackerk

      The Amazon market and Rio installed fine on my Xoom. I installed it long enough to get some packet captures of the phone-home and confirm it was DRM’d up. Then Amazon market and Rio uninstalled fine too. At least unlike the Sony Rootkit fiasco mentioned earlier in the comments, Amazon market does seem to have left no trace.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MTSWHD4GSTYHTIRHICJQZDWNSU B

    I don’t see how it matters if this is for all apps or not. If it is required for one app, then you are going to keep the Appstore on your phone anyways.

  • Mr. Joe

    Rio is buggy for me on my Droid =/

  • Anonymous

    They provided the game for free, why not require you to run their appstore. I installed it on my GTab and DX and it seems decent enough. I like tying it into my Amazon account.

  • Dave Diamond

    Hey, if you don’t like the Amazon appstore or the way they do things, don’t use it. Simple as that.

  • http://twitter.com/tfkroberts tfkroberts

    It won’t install on mine, downloads and fails to install. Droid X…..

    • D-X-Vette

      me too? in you find out y please post solution. i will like wise. is urs rooted? mine is and i hope thats not the prob.

      • http://twitter.com/tfkroberts tfkroberts

        nope mine is not rooted…. i think its due to fact that they are making you post it to the sd….. had to unmount sd to install seasons, tried that for this but it won’t install.

        • http://profiles.google.com/jcmessenjah Justin Curry

          If you are using an sd card other than the one that came with the phone that may be the problem, I came to the DX from Moto Droid and use my 16gig sd card … that is where I have pinpointed my problem but the solution to use the 2 gig card instead defeats the point of me having a 16gig card so … no solution yet, any takers?

  • huh?

    After installing the Amazon App Store my Twitter account is now following HandMark? WTF?

  • Anonymous

    Ok, I, just like everyone else, downloaded rio today. But I mean come on, what is amazon trying to accomplish with this new market? I mean unless they’re going to offer discounted apps, which I doubt, why would we use it save for the ability to use our amazon accounts to pay?

  • http://geekwarrior.net/ trackerk

    Isn’t a trend? It was the primary selling point for Amazon to developers. Sell your app here and we’ll load it up with phone-home DRM to make sure no one pirates your stuff. That model worked out so well for Sony and their magic CDs. It worked out great for all those who bought songs from MSN Music. And I’m sure it will work out well for those who buy from Amazon. It won’t be me though.

  • http://photo.katzmatt.com Matt Katzenberger

    Don’t blame Amazon. The DRM is optional, and it’s up to developers whether or not to include it. Amazon just made it an option.

    • http://geekwarrior.net/ trackerk

      I don’t blame them for doing the DRM really; I’m free not to buy their DRM crap. However, I will not get anything off Amazon’s market until they clearly label the DRM’d apps. Rio was free, but still DRM’d and there isn’t any place on the listing I can find that mentions this.

      • http://profiles.google.com/jcmessenjah Justin Curry

        Help a noob that is clueless with terminology, what is DRM? Heard someone complaining with DRM’s for the Amazon mp3 store as well??

  • rogerms

    I would assume that Amazon AppStore needs needs to be installed for app updates to be detected and installed. The error after uninstalling AppStore is a non-issue IMO.

  • http://markpude.com Mark P

    BFD. Uninstall it and your free app if you don’t like it. Choice!

  • http://www.facebook.com/brenneisec Cameron Brenneise

    the app has been cracked and can be downloaded now

  • http://twitter.com/Bhockey77 Courtenay

    So now people are complaining about a free app? What a bunch of (angry) turds

  • EvoGenius

    why does a free app need authentication? also the appstore doesn’t stop running if you simply close it. have to kill the process. 8(

    • Anonymous

      Seriously? Maybe be uninstalling anyways.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mobrienjr Michael OBrien

      Its only free today. After today it is going to be 0.99. If you notice Amazon will not let you get the APP unless you have a valid credit card signed up.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    sneaky bastards

  • Brandonv Gillis

    Seriously? What is everyone upset about?

    The app was free. If you paid for something I understand complaining but this was free.

    This is what drives Dev’s crazy dealing with the Android platform….. only free apps get mass downloads.

    • Anonymous

      I would say that frustrating thing isn’t Angry Birds, but that this could be a trend for all of their apps. Why do we really need another app store?

      • FortitudineVincimus

        exactly.. it is a forced codependency and can take “choice” away. Say an app you want only comes to the Amazon market – do get it your also “forced” to have their Market app.

        • http://photo.katzmatt.com Matt Katzenberger

          You aren’t forced to do anything. Either don’t get the app or petition the developer to include it in the official Market. Amazon is just making another channel of app delivery available. They aren’t forcing you to use it, they aren’t forcing devs into exclusivity, and they aren’t requiring devs utilize the DRM.

          Most of the problems here fall far more directly on Rovio (and potentially other devs) than they do on Amazon.

          • Truevoice

            Amazon is forcing the Angry Birds dev (with lots of cash) to only put out Rio in their crapstore. They are forcing people to install this crapstore and KEEP it installed if they want to play RIo.

          • http://photo.katzmatt.com Matt Katzenberger

            No. Rovio chose to give Amazon exclusivity. Money doesn’t “force” people, if Amazon even offered money to get Rio exclucivly.

            Amazon is also not forcing you to keep their store installed. Yes, it’s true that their DRM needs the appstore installed to work but there’s no forcing here. Don’t like it? Don’t play Rio. That simple.

            And if it bugs you that much, send some angry emails to Rovio…there the ones who chose exclusivity to amazon, they’re the ones who chose to use Amazon’s optional DRM.

      • Brandonv Gillis

        Apparently we do need another app store (or ‘market’ if you will). Here are a few reasons:

        1. Google’s un-regulated market is great in theory, but the problems have already begun to come to light… it fails in execution. Gaping security flaws have recently been exploited by hackers which put all Android users at risk (this is not the first… or the last time this will happen) Google will be forced to provide some regulation in the future.

        2. Android market is severely bloated with crapware, as is the apple app store. Why wouldn’t Android users want a regulated market where Amazon can weed out the junk. Amazon can do this in two ways for users… they can filter it out during the approval process or the user can filter it out with advanced sorting that is provided by Amazon’s model.

        3. Amazon’s review and purchasing system is top notch. They have proven time and again that using their site to purchase items is far and above the best experience you can have on the web.

        4. Amazon provides Android users with something nobody else could- A unified market place where they can purchase music, apps and videos for their device from a single location…. and they can do it all on a web browser. This is an amazing opportunity for the Android users.

        5. Lastly…. gift cards. One of the biggest things that Google Android Market is missing is the ability to purchase items using gift cards…. this locks out a lot of the user base for not having a credit card to put on file.

        This is the future of “App store” and we should really be embracing it (and forget about the 2mb of internal memory we have to sacrifice)

        Let me know what you think.

        • Roseventyfour

          another apple mention

        • Roseventyfour

          another apple mention

        • Anonymous

          Actually well thought out and knowledgable.

        • B-do

          And you started working for Amazon when?

          • http://twitter.com/AlexDeGruven Nathan

            You should really research and read before you start yelling ‘Hurr… Shill!’.

        • B-do

          And you started working for Amazon when?

        • MelissaKendori

          I’ll let you know what I think Brandonv, you’re an idiot and a douchebag.  That is all.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PER3NCY44MIJAFFBE33JK2CBUA Bradley

        If everyone is so happy with no choices (ie one appstore) there is a place down the street called Apple, you should go there. I can’t believe the uproar over a tiny app being installed. Amazon is a fantastic internet company and may bring great innovation, new developers and competitive pricing to Android.

        • http://www.twitter.com/dailydroidapp AndroFan

          You seem to be confusing disagreement with the wisdom of doing something, with disagreement over their ability to even doing it. The people being critical of Amazon subscribe to the former, not the latter. As an app consumer, I’m disappointed that I’ll be locked out of certain options for app choices (thankfully, I really don’t care about the Angry Birds franchise, but I’m sure something will eventually show up in the Amazon store I will care about), because I disagree with their use of DRM. You’ll notice that nowhere in there did I ever voice “uproar” about their ability to do this.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OOO7GVPXWATBC75FGMUTLHJJME SjB

      i bet all that ad revenue doesn’t drive them crazy.

  • Rjh2196

    I believe this is part of their authentication process to make sure it is in your paid apps. This, in my opinion, is really not that big of a deal…a pain but not that big.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dailydroidapp AndroFan

    Lol, DRM. This should go over well with the Android community…

    • http://geekwarrior.net/ trackerk

      Because what Android users are known for is our affinity for being told what apps we can run and when we can run them. Its the whole reason we don’t use iphones.

      • FortitudineVincimus

        bingo

        when a person wants 1 app, they should not be forced to have another to have the 1 they want – which is exactly the case here. it is not what people signed on for and many will bail out on both in the end

      • Anonymous

        But you are being told, by Google. As long as there is ANY approval process someone is telling you what you can have. It may not be as draconian as Apple, but let’s not kid ourselves into thinking their appstore is pure freedom of choice. However Google natively allowing apps to be side-loaded will always give them the leg up even if they became more restrictive.

    • http://photo.katzmatt.com Matt Katzenberger

      Android Market apps can include DRM is well. It’s not unique to The Amazon App Store.

      • http://www.twitter.com/dailydroidapp AndroFan

        Sure, it can. And if we know anything about the history of DRM reactions (see: Sony’s CD Rootkit fiasco), there would predictably be outrage from those in the know as a result, as there likely will be with this.

  • http://twitter.com/jheyneman James Heyneman

    LOL @ “a huge fail”. Is 2MB going to kill you?

  • David

    Seems very Apple-ish if you ask me.

  • David

    Seems very Apple-ish if you ask me.

    • Anonymous

      I disagree, we still have the option of not using the Amazon market if we don’t want. If enough people don’t like the idea the developers wont put their applications on the Amazon marketplace.

    • Roseventyfour

      OMG! can you guys go one post without mentioning apple.

      • D-X-Vette

        lmao. i hate that damn company. :

  • Coaster36

    No thanks amazon. I wont be installing your app store now.

  • Kevoskee

    Booooo

  • http://twitter.com/dren_martin Josh Martin

    Use Launcher Pro to hide it from your app drawer. Simple fix!

  • http://www.facebook.com/eidylon Aaron Abdis

    Will Rio be coming to the Android market, despite their exclusive LAUNCH on Amazon?

  • http://www.facebook.com/eidylon Aaron Abdis

    Will Rio be coming to the Android market, despite their exclusive LAUNCH on Amazon?

  • Anonymous

    the app takes up hardly any space. it is a good alternative. hardly a fail toby

    • David

      I agree. This is just another level of competition. Competition is good for the customers.

      • Truevoice

        Competition is good if they play fair. The Android market does not hand out cash to devs to keep them from offering their apps on other markets. Amazon does and that what we call VENDOR LOCK IN.

        • Anonymous

          Google has got a few bucks. I’m sure if that became a problem they would respond. In the end they all work on our Android units so it’s a win for the consumer as long the the app prices aren’t affected.

          • Anonymous

            Well not ALL android at&t is screwed at this point.

    • David

      I agree. This is just another level of competition. Competition is good for the customers.

    • Brandonv Gillis

      Thank you. People are getting upset over a few mb’s of space on their (must be precious) internal memory, even though they got AB Rio for FREE…..

      Come on people!

      • Truevoice

        It’s not the space, its the lack of openness and vendor lock in that I can not accept.

      • Tom

        This isn’t about getting Angry Birds for free. This is about requiring an app to call home in order to be useable. Sure, this may be tolerable with free apps but what about ones that people actually pay for with their own money or via ads? What happens to them when the appstore flops and Amazon decides to scrap it? What happens when the user decides to cancel their data plan? I’m all for giving devs the tools to protect their apps but phone home DRM is unaccepable. I’m ashamed to be part of the same species as individuals that feel otherwise. The world will be an idiocracy soon enough.

    • Anonymous

      Its also a solid way to battle piracy. Whether you want to believe it or not, a real problem.

      • http://www.twitter.com/dailydroidapp AndroFan

        Hey, here’s another good way of using DRM to battle piracy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony_BMG_copy_protection_rootkit_scandal

        Remember how that played out?

        • Anonymous

          I remember that shit lol. There are good ways and bad ways to go about DRM. But it seems all the big company are only going the bad way. When people are locked down thats when piracy and hacking picks up even more.

      • Truevoice

        Really!?! I’m thinking of looking around for the Rio apk cause I don’t want to deal with Amazon’s draconian control measures.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BQWSS2DWFCOJYJ5TLSE4D6BGCQ Michael Jonathan

        correct a real problem

  • http://twitter.com/tobi_512 Tobias

    omg, the whole thing is a huge fail…
    would be better if they improve the android market and add paypal etc.