What a shocker, the Amazon Appstore is now three years old. When first launched, the Android community embraced it with complete open arms, maybe because they were giving away free awesome apps every day
But over the years, our stance with the Appstore has changed somewhat dramatically.
After the Appstore was updated with a new UI (August ’12), a bug inside the app was draining batteries like crazy (November ’12). Following that mess, Amazon fixed the issue, but there were plenty of people who had already decided to abandon the app.
It’s now 2014, with the Appstore still growing and apparently thriving. Coming pre-installed on a few Android devices, and still the heart and soul of Amazon’s Kindle lineup, we doubt the Appstore is going anywhere anytime soon.
To celebrate the third birthday of the Appstore, Amazon is listing a few apps as free, but they are apparently focusing on “coin-back” in-app purchases. Think of these purchases like a cash-back card – you purchase an IAP in an app, but Amazon will refund you 50% of the purchase in the form of Amazon Coins, which can then be used inside of their own store.
In essence, all of your money is still going to Amazon and developers, but at least your initial IAP is discounted.
As an added bonus, for a limited time, customers who buy in-app items within select titles including Asphalt 8, Animal Voyage, Kingdoms of Camelot, The Hobbit, Sonic Dash, World at Arms and Despicable Me: Minion Rush will receive 50% back on the purchase price in the form of Amazon Coins.
To get your hands on a few of these deals, even though that means you have to open the Amazon Appstore, follow the link below.