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Amazon Appstore Receives Update to Fix Notification Bugs and Increase Download Limits, Does Anyone Still Use It Though?

Yesterday, the Amazon Appstore received an update that fixes notification bugs and also gives you the option to download 50MB apps over 3G/4G (up from 20MB). Other than that, it’s nothing to get all excited over.

What I’m wondering, is if anyone uses this app store anymore? Not one DL reader mentioned it to us. And since I haven’t had it installed in months, I had to find out that it had updated through a family member who was prompted. So tell me, are people still using Amazon for apps or has their 1-trick app-of-the-day schtick worn out?

  • Not that big if a deal, but the popular Plants vs Zombies is still only available via Amazon Appstore… so maybe that’s a reason to have it (other exclusive Amazon apps?).

  • NinjaHobo

    I check almost daily for the free app granted it’s rarely any good. Biggest issue that stops me from using it is the time it takes an app to get updated if at all

  • Now that the Amazon App store lured users in by giving out awesome apps like Swiftkey X and Soundhound Infinity they now give us useless apps. I have thought of uninstalling Amazon and just paying for the apps.

  • I only use it because there’s a couple apps I got for free from here and don’t want to pay for otherwise. I just have it for the updates.

  • schwinn8

    I’m in for the free apps here, too…  I have lots of them now, most importantly is the Swiftkey keyboard.

  • socalrailroader

    I use it all the time, I check for free apps every day in fact, and have bought a few apps from it recently as well.

  • Kerrythebeast

    Nope hasn’t been worth my time sense late last year

  • Hubbysatrucker

    I get a free app everyday and wish the play store would do the same.

  • Hud3500

    I use it for my Kindle Fire. Other than that, I still do check it almost every day for the free app of the day, however, after the initial several weeks of its launch, the quality of the free apps has seriously diminished, so there hasn’t been a non Kindle app I’ve downloaded from it in ages.

  • dylan84

    I rarely use it on my phone. But unfortunately have to use it on my Kindle Fire. I’m too lazy to root and install CM7 on it for right now.

  • Michael Quinlan

    I never used it, primarily because the last thing I wanted on my OG Droid was another app that had to load to verify that I was allowed to use some other app that I wanted to use.  Since none of the free apps of the day ever appealed to me, I’ve never seen a reason to install it, even on my Bionic.

  • i’ve never used it

  • I still use it even the quality of Free New App of the Day has dropped of some. I’ve gotten quit a few free Apps that I really like and I’m not about to drop it. I just wish the Google Play and Amazon Appstore would stop telling me I have a update for couple apps I installed from the other store like Abobe Reader, Netfix and Pandora on Amazon but I do have them installed on the wife’s Kindle Fire under my Amazon ID and Soundhound & Shazam on Google Play. 

  • chaz2400
  • Zach

    I only use it for the free app of the day.

  • Christian Bennett

    I only use it for the few good apps they gave me earlier that need updates.

  • Micah Gemmell

    No, I got annoyed at having the app always in my notification bar. I just use the website to add the free app to my account..

  • I still use it, these days it seems my 4 yr old the only one wanting anything from them. I like to download their apps to see if I really like it. If I do, I will then go buy it from google.

  • It looks like lots of us use it for the daily free apps. Most of the apps from them are rarely used, but there are a handful which I do use and therefore saved some money thanks to Amazon. There does seem to be fewer apps of value lately.

    I also used it briefly for another purpose. After I got my Nook I side loaded the Amazon Appstore and used it to load some common free apps which I got from Google’s store for my phone. A week or two later I rooted the Nook and added Google apps, including the store, and over time replaced them with copies from Google’s store.  

  • Droid_Dude

    I get a free app from them here and there. I usually get a free game of some sort that my kids can play when they steal my tablet or phone. Come to think of it, maybe I should stop doing this so that they won’t want to use my toys!

  • rocketdaddy

    Not using. Not a chance.

  • jasondensmore

    yep! gotta get the free app of the day, only missed 3 days so far since they have been doing it (troll face)

  • I still use it but only for the free stuff, have never bought anything. But it does have update issues.

  • Br_d

    They even have some non-free apps on sale sometimes that are still good deals. I got EasyTether Pro for $5 (normally $10).

  • I still use it. I have many apps that I purchased and/or got for free that I still use.

  • Bigwavedave25

    Still check to see what the faotd is everyday.  I believe the only app i have paid for to date from amazon is widgetlocker when it was for 0.99    🙂

  • Sts86gt

    Still have the apps i downloaded from them but they haven’t offered anything decent in a long time.

  • I got this update, but didnt bother reporting it since I only use their app store for the occasionally good free app of the day. 

  • Jon

    this app is the worst app i’ve ever phreaking used EVER.

  • jdrch

    I still use it. You kinda do need it to run and update the free apps you got from it.

  • I was actually coming here to send you this tip, but you already posted about it. I ignore updates for days at a time so I am slow to see these things. 🙁

    I am happy they bumped up the download limit to 50MB, but it should still have an option to disable it altogether. The Market (Play Store, whatever) will warn me but still let me override it, and I think Amazon should to. Some of us have unlimited 4G that is faster than our home internet connection.

  • Kevin Jellison

    I bought a Kindle fire that forces you into only using their app store.Then you are limited on what apps you can install from it (no 3rd party keyboards or launchers). So, I rooted it, put Google play on it, then CM7, and now I’m tasting ICS for the first time with CM9. Amazon locked the Kindle down in a way that has Steve Jobs itching to get out of death so he can impose the same restrictions on As Apple! Their app store sucks!

  • Me08053

    Did this update coincide with the Kindle Fire update to 6.3 yesterday? I saw that my fire randomly updated and I was honestly waiting for Droid Life to tell me what is new 🙂

  • Wmsco51

    Yes quite abit actualy

  • digitalicecream

    344 free apps and counting. Heck yes I use it.

  • Brian Getchel

    Still use it for my Kindle Fire. Also like how it’s integrated with all of my “Android” devices (Fire included)

  • Champlification

    I get every free app of the day.  Just because I might not need something like it now, doesn’t mean it won’t be useful down the road.  Plus, it’s free and only takes a minute or so.

  • BAoxymoron

    I use past apps that were free but honestly I don’t use the appstore itself because the apps usually aren’t as good

  • I still use the AAS. I use Amazon to purchase almost everything, so it makes sense that i use their app store too. One nice thing is that you can purchase the free app from your web browser and then it doesn’t try to instal on your phone. I’ve been doing that for the past year or so, every day and now have a huge library of 300+ apps I can download at any time. Say my little nephew wants to play with my galaxy tab, I can quickly download a couple of young child games and he’ll be good to go for hours. It’s really convenient actually.

  • sciroccohsd

    I use Amazon Appstore for 3 main (money saving) reasons:

    1. The free app of the day.
    2. My entire family’s phones and tables are linked to my Amazon account, which means I buy it once on Amazon Appstore and all of my family’s devices can download and use the paid app.  Beats paying for the same app more than once.
    3. I can buy apps that are on sale for incompatible devices.  Since I’m a gadget whore, I will usually own a compatible device in the (very) near future.  And since I bought the app on sale, I do not have to pay full price later.

  • Gr8Ray

    I finally uninstalled it because I got tired of the Google Play store constantly showing updates for my Amazon apps, then when I tried to update them it would throw an error.  After you get 4-5 apps in the “Updates Available” list that you can’t update or remove, and it constantly notifies you that updates are available for them, the stupid free app of the day deal becomes a lot less attractive.  I’ve actually had to purchase several of them from Google just to get them to disappear from the list.  More of a Google fail than Amazon, and sometimes I wonder if they even do it on purpose to get people to stop using the Amazon app store.

  • CaptainHowdy13

    I check it every now and then. The free apps havent been good in like 6 months. 

  • Smooth918

    Only for the free apps via Appfire

  • GJ

    I go to Amazon.com on my laptop every morning and “buy” the free app.  I dont think I’ve installed a free app in months, however.  As most of you have pointed out they pretty much stink as of late.

  • The limit on data is why I don’t use it. It makes no sense that Amazon would force a limit over data plans. Its my data, I pay for it… why do they care? It should be the same on their end. It should work like the Play Store and then I’d use it more.

  • Tim242

    I tried it once, but never “used” it. Just no reason to run two app stores on my phone. I am not cheap…I like buying apps that I like and use frequently. I remember when sites were obsessed over the free app of the day and made a post about it every day. Thank God that was just a phase…and I say that as an Atheist.

  • Tom

    I check it daily for the free app. The problem is I haven’t downloaded one in a very long time. They are low rated apps. The free app thing started out strong and now it is just junk.

    • peggsie

      I agree. That’s exactly what I do.

    • WallyIAm

      I don’t know about all of the free apps being junk.  Yes, you do have to wade through the dregs, but not that long ago, QuickOffice Pro, Documents to Go Premium, and OfficeSuite Pro rolled through in a short period of time.

  • I’ve only used it to get a couple of apps/games that work fine on the GNex, but certain developers (ahem, Electronic Arts) won’t get off their arse and fix the versions that are in the Play Store and haven’t been updated for a year.

  • Rggarrison

    The only reason I still have it on my phone is because of the ad-free Angry Birds.  Seriously, I wish Rovio would release a paid version to the Google Play store so I could get rid of the Amazon App Store.  

    I’ve replaced nearly every single Free App of the Day that I use a lot with versions from Google.  I don’t like that you have to have a data connection in order to run the apps from Amazon.  That can be inconvenient sometimes. 

  • Adiehl12

    Not that I’m aware of, that is true. Actually  Alarm Clock Extreme  maybe the only one I still use that was a free app at some point.

  • J Dub

    Never have used it. Easier for me to just wait for the Google sales. 

  • Adiehl12

    I have apps from the Amazon store and they still work even though I uninstalled the Amazon appstore.

    • Travis Keany

       I don’t think they update though, right?

      • WallyIAm

        You can always link them to the market..er play store with Titanium Backup.

  • The free apps have gotten bad in my opinion.  I still have it installed but really only so I can use the good free apps that I use on a daily basis.  

  • Justin Everett

    Nope, not anymore here.  I used to when they actually had non-kiddie/useless FAOTD’s, but even then it was always booting itself in the background when it didn’t need to and i am pretty sure it wasn’t helping my battery life.

  • U Mad Bro? No But Your Mom Is

    I use it every single day.

  • Eric

    I check daily, and download the free app if it is good

  • Travis Keany

    I agree, the app-a-day novelty has worn off as the usefulness of the apps has decreased with time. I do still install the Amazon appstore app because I have a few apps that I got for free back in the day that I still use, most notably, QuickOffice Pro, and need the appstore in order to install it. 

    I’m happy to see this update because I was getting tired of all the notifications from the Amazon appstore. I only need you there in order to install QuickOffice, after that, sit quietly in the corner.

  • itsgonnalast

    I almost bought a Kindle Fire but I bought the HTC Flyer instead.  I’m so glad I did because Google Play is so much better than the Amazon appstore.

    I was shocked to read last week that Amazon only offers something like 40,000 apps while you can find over 400,000 in Google Play.   Plus Kindle tablets don’t have access to Google Music, which is my favorite music app.

    Google Play also wins when talking about ease of installing and updating apps.

    I still keep the Amazon store and Getjar just in case they have any good sales, though.

  • EvanTheGamer

    Yes…but only for the “free app of the day”, close to 350 free apps, YEAH!! lol

    • Tim242

      1. Your phone will eventually run out of space. 2. You have an addiction. Seek help immediately! 3. : )

      • EvanTheGamer

        4. It’s a regular routine, like anything else in life. 5. I don’t like change. 6. 🙂

        • EvanTheGamer

          Also, I never said I installed the apps, only downloaded ’em. 🙂

  • Dave

    i use it still

  • mkess

    only use it for the free apps, but people have said – its mostly junk apps now.

  • Mchlls22

    I download the free app everyday, even if its not something I’d install personally it may be something my kids would use on my old DROID.

  • Mack

    They hooked me with Angry Birds Rio but I have since left and never looked back. Although I have heard you can now delete apps from your account which is pretty cool, something Google needs no implement. 

    • Mack

      Edit: something Google needs TO implement

  • GuidZilla

    Update showed up for me early yesterday, so plenty of time for people to contact DL.

  • GuidZilla

    I still usually check the app, but its very rare I install anything anymore. Too much crapware. 

  • Check the free app of the day every morning when I roll out of bed.  Like to get apps through them because I can access them on my phone, and I can also install them on my son’s tablet (by using the same log-in).

    • Tim242

      You can do that with the Play Store as well.

  • Higher_Ground

    D-L, you guys need to come down from that high horse you’ve been riding since the beginning of the year or thereabouts.

    1/3 of my aps (49) are from the AAS.  I check it pretty much everyday to see what the FAOTD is going to be, though most of them are pretty boring.

    Why would one of the readers tell you about an update?  The update just popped up on my phone this morning which would have been about 6 hours ago, not exactly something that qualifies as flying past the radar.  I’ve found it kinda pointless when you guys post about new versions of the Play store or former Android Market – and always wondered why people would really care to update them ahead of time.

    And to rub salt in the wound, I have on at least 3-4 occasions pointed out a free app that was decent and marked down significantly, only to have you guys post some about GameLoft or some iOS app that *might* be coming to android in a few months…  at least I now know why you guys ignored it – not the massive amount of email you probably get, but that you don’t even have the app store installed!

    Just drop the condescension – it doesn’t fit the vibe of this site but it certainly parallels the direction it’s been heading.

    • thebruce44

      How is this condescending? They don’t use the Amazon’s App store as much as when it first came out because the free app of the day is usually a repeat or something not super useful and Google’s market has improved considerably.

      Maybe you should get off your high horse.

      • duke69111

        Just checking, but I have never seen the FAOTD be a repeat, now something not super useful… definitely.  

        • thebruce44

          I’ve seen certain keyboards up there multiple times. At least I think.

          • duke69111

            I think I know what you are talking about.  They were swiftkey, then it was a new version swiftkey X.

    • M1ghtysauc3

      Awe… Did you get your feelings hurt?

  • Scott

    Quit using it six months ago.  The apps were sometimes updated months after they were supposed to be.  The few “free” ones that I enjoyed, I ended up just paying for on Google Play.  I don’t even care what the app store offers now.  I still love Amazon MP3 though.    

  • Jeff Simpson

     There are a couple apps I got for free from Amazon that I wanted to keep using. I got the update, but it didn’t really seem newsworthy.

  • Obi5683

    The free apps aren’t as good as they used to be.  I have been replacing the apps I got for free during Google’s sales.  Amazon doesn’t update the apps as fast as their Google Play counterparts on most occasions.  Some apps that work fine on a tablet if purchased from the Google Play Store do not have a working layout if downloaded from the Amazon App store.  Greedy Spiders is one glaring example.  I also want to support the devs and using free apps with no advertising doesn’t put any money into their pockets.

  • subiedude85

    Still check the free app almost every day, still find a good nugget every now and then.

  • Hohlraum

    I get the free apps every day using amazon.com  if it’s something good I snag it on my phone and/or tablet

  • dqw

    If quick office pro wasnt 15$ dollars in the play store i would have dropped amazon months ago. Got it for free

    • Tim242

      Or, you could stop being cheap, pay the one-time fee, and ditch the extra store using your phone’s resources.

      Just a thought.

  • jjrudey

    You need to have it to use the apps you got from there. So that’s the only reason I still have it.

  • Graffixnyc

    I check Amazon app store pretty much every day to see the free app of the day I’ve gotten so many apps that were expensive (9.99 and up) for nothing. I’ve gotten printer share, docs to go premium, quick office pro, countless games, enhanced email and so many more.

  • MajorDroid

    For FREE apps only

  • ocdtrekkie

    Still have it for the Ad-Free versions of Angry Birds Seasons and Rio I got from app of the day.

    • Blackmagick20

      I had no idea anyone actually played those boring, stale games anymore!

      • ocdtrekkie

        I don’t really have time to play any games anymore. But I have younger siblings and friends, and I never really got to play through most of the Angry Birds crud in the first place.

  • I use it for the free app of the day (when it’s, you know, even good) and to update old apps I’ve downloaded from the store, but it doesn’t even give me a changelog! What’s up with that?

  • Raven

    Pretty much the same as what everyone else is saying.  I still use it for the FAOTD, but recently, when Google at the 10 cent and 50 cent sales I repurchased everything that I could that I had gotten from FAOTD previously.

    • ocdtrekkie

      Same here, most stuff I got originally on Amazon I now have on Google.

  • leftovermagic84

    I still use it.  Lately the daily apps have sucked, but some of my most valued apps came early in the offerings, like business calendar, and a heavily discounted groove IP and swiftkey x tablet version

    • Bodhiballer

      Business Calendar is the one that I keep it around for.  Exchange By (Touchdown) email is the other good one I got from there, but don’t currently use it.  

  • Keith0606

    I use it only to maintain some of the good free apps of the day that i have gotten in the past.  I’d say there are like 4 of those I’d had to lose and don’t want to buy them as they aren’t cheap (like printer share). Their free app of the day selection has been pretty poor for awhile however I can’t remember the last time I have actually taken the time to download one.

  • MrEnglish

    I pretty much quit using it when I was told by several devs that the Amazon store takes about a week longer to accept and approve app updates on average than the G-store does. That was a deal breaker for me.

  • r0lct

    I use it for apps I want to share on wife/kid devices that I don’t want my gmail account on.

    • moelsen8

      interesting use.  i’m in the same boat with sharing my whole google account.

      • r0lct

        Yeah, the thought of my kids having access to my gmail account frightens me.  I basically just use Amazon store for kids books and games.

  • I use it on my Kindle Fire (obviously), but I no longer use it on mobile devices.

    • Scott

       Never thought of that. 

  • Heck yeah I still use it! But I have a Kindle Fire too.

  • Nope, used it once and uninstalled with in the same day. I prefer the Android market don’t really care for free apps on a daily basis, usually Amazon is screwing the devs over giving away their apps for free and not reimbursing them in a proper manner can’t support that. Chillllll

  • Kisuk3

    I check periodically for their free app of the day, otherwise I never use it.

  • WhatsUp

    I still use it to check the free apps everyday. 

    • John

      This.. although the free offerings don’t seem to be of the same quality as they were in the past.. not in terms of how well they’re coded but in terms of how useful or popular they are. I.e. they’re usually apps I won’t ever want, whereas in the past they were typically useful things.

      • nwd1911

        Agree, once in a while I will find a game to entertain me for a short while, but mostly junk.  I might be holding on to something that won’t ever be the same (WOW that sounded dramatic).

        • Klabit87

          Same here. Every once in a while I will find something that will peak my interest.

          • Discjockeys

            Very rare do i use it, but you still get accustomed to checking out the free App.

          • OldBlue

             I only use it to keep my free Sudoku app updated.  If it wasn’t for that, I’d have deleted it a while ago.

          • Noyfb

            Paid for the .99 add free angry birds in space. Not many apps that they have that android market doen’t have

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    • MKader17

      I rely on people like you to report the worthwhile free app of the day to Droid Life.

      • Tim242

        I’m glad sites don’t post that every day anymore.

        • MKader17

          Me too, but if it’s truly worthwhile then I’d like to hear about it. It would be cool if DL could work it into there side bar so you can see it without having to visit the site. Yes, I am that lazy.

    • Matthew Hoke

      Same.  Use it to check free app of the day and for updates to other free apps I previously downloaded.

  • RedPandaAlex

    I still think Amazon’s whole strategy is kind of douchy–using Android and then undercutting Google in one of the only ways it makes money off the OS. I’d be ok with it if they were actively contributing to AOSP, but I haven’t seen any evidence of that.

  • Stacey Harris

    Same as most, Play Store is my go to App store.  The only apps I download from Amazon are my FAOTD and updates to free apps I’ve downloaded before. I must say though I don’t think I’ve downloaded a new FAOTD in weeks, they’ve been pretty weak.

  • Wookiewombat

    I feel like i am forced to use it sometimes, because of a few apps i got through the free app of the day are my dailies like Swiftkey and Tweetcaster Pro, i did a complete wipe of my phone last night to install AOKP 29 and i tried just to purchase those apps through the market but it says they are already purchased and i cannot buy them. So, unless that’s a bug someone knows a fix for, this kinda sucks.

    • Stacey Harris

      I’d love that fix as well, if I could update previous apps from the Play Store I’d drop Amazon for sure.

    • phrozen087

      There is a fix although it is a huge PITA.  I have done it a few times just to get everything back on the Play Store now.  There is a slightly easier way to do it now though thanks to an app on XDA.

      1) Install an old version of the Android Market (The really old one before the Win Phone 7 like interface).  An XDA app called Old Market can help you do this.

      2) Reboot the phone (prob better to leave wifi off so your connection is a little slower)

      3) Load the market up real quick, accept the terms and search for the app.  It should show up with a price.  Click on it and purchase it.  Once the transaction goes through you have a Play license for the app.  Now if you restore the new market, or try to install it, everything will work correctly.

      Like I said, its a huge PITA to do this, but I can confirm it still works as I just did this last week for the last paid app I was still missing on the Play Market.

  • MFG

    I use it still because I have a few free apps I downloaded that need the app store installed to use. Womp womp.

    • Ahhh yes, forgot that they force you have to have it installed.

      • John

        Wait what? If I uninstalled Amazon App Store, the apps I’ve downloaded with it will stop working?

        • moelsen8


          • John

            wow. i did not know that. that’s lame..

          • moelsen8

            it’s a security thing.  android market is the same way

          • John

            play store*

          • moelsen8

            i still refuse to call it that.  haha

          • Matthew Harmon

            It’s not even a matter of uninstalling, if you are on a plane, you cannot use any Amazon apps.  I still use it though, like the free app of the day.

          • moelsen8

            oh shoot i forgot that part too.  yeah that’s F’d in the A

          • Chris G

            This thing bit me on my last trip.  I was using one of the office apps on my TFP to keep notes.  But on the plane it suddenly wouldn’t work and i couldn’t figure out why.

          • LiterofCola


          • moelsen8

            what is.. the amazon app store?

          • LiterofCola

            Yeah, the fact that you need the store installed in order to use the Apps.  Sorry for the confusion.

          • moelsen8

            i was playing jeopardy actually haha

    • Jared

      I bought the couple of apps I couldn’t live without on Google’s market. Small price to pay to not have to deal with Amazon App Store.

      • Tim242

        ^This! : )

    • itsgonnalast

        Yikes, I forgot about this.  I’m in the same situation, I’ll be forced to keep the Amazon store.

  • Chiaroscuro7

    I just go to the amazon site about everyday and “purchase” the free app of the day – that way I don’t have to install it and I have it if I ever need it 🙂

    • moelsen8

      wait til you get a couple hundred free apps in your collection, then try to use the app.  it takes forever to do anything when you have a pile of apps in your collection.

      • Chiaroscuro7

        I know…it used to be bad…but now it is at least bearable..I have it installed only for Tweetcaster pro etc..

      • Mchlls22

        I just clear the data and re-login when it gets slow…sperfast after that.

  • Jtalwine

    Ill take a free paid app everyday

  • Eom

    I don’t use it to buy apps anymore, but I need to have it to use some of the premium apps I’ve “purchased” (i.e. got for free) through Amazon.

  • Boblank84

    i had two free app of the day apps i still use and just bought from the play store so i could completely remove it.

  • moelsen8

    the constant nagging notifications and battery drain finally pushed me away a few months ago.  feels great to free myself from being obsessive compulsive about getting the FAOTD that I rarely ever used anyway.

  • Dnelken

    I don’t buy from them. I only use it for their free apps…

  • I still have it installed to check for the free app of the day and updates to apps I already downloaded.  Otherwise the Play Store is my main app store.

  • garbagedick

    I use it on my tablet for ad-free angry birds, seasons and rio. If Rovio would put those 3 in the play store i’d pay for them and ditch their store completely.