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Amazon App Store offers free Android apps worth $135

Posted by wicked September - 26 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

We know how Amazon can be generous at times offering free e-books on the Kindle store. Now, more apps for Android are up for grabs from the Amazon Appstore. Not that it isn’t easy to get Android apps from the Google Play Store but Amazon is offering the usual paid apps for free.

That’s very generous of Amazon. About 27 Android apps worth $135 can be downloaded by faithful Android users. This deal is quite tempting because majority of the apps are popular and expensive. The highest priced among the apps is the ‘Merriam-Webster’s Third New International’ app that is $59.99. Too expensive for an app I wonder if there are people willing to purchase it in this day and age of easy Googling.

The Amazon Appstore free apps offer will run until September 27 only. This isn’t the first time Amazon is doing this. In fact, the company offered $100 worth of free apps last month for a couple of days. This month’s list includes new paid apps like Swype Keyboard, OfficeSuite, Professional 7, and Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode II.

To get the free apps, the Amazon App Store app must be installed first on your Android phone or tablet. An account is needed so you can start downloading the free apps. Apps from different categories can be enjoyed: Games, Productivity & Utilities Apps, Health & Fitness Apps, Photography Apps, and Miscellaneous Apps.

Below is a complete list of the free apps available from the Amazon App Store:


  • Threes! ($1.99)
  • Sonic 4 Episode II ($4.99)
  • Quell Memento ($2.99)
  • Riptide GP2 ($2.99)
  • Mahjong Artifacts® ($2.99)
  • Heroes of Steel RPG Elite ($3.99)
  • Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden (Full) ($4.99)
  • Another World ($1.99)
  • Knots 3D ($1.99)
  • Photography Apps
  • Perfectly Clear ($2.99)
  • Paper Camera ($1.99)

Miscellaneous Apps

  • Earth & Moon in HD Gyro 3D PRO ($1.49)
  • City Maps 2Go Pro – Offline Map and Travel Guide ($1.99)
  • Air Harp (Kindle Tablet Edition) ($1.99)

Health & Fitness Apps

  • Swordkit PRO ($3.99)
  • My Diet Coach – Pro ($3.99)
  • Relax Melodies Premium: A White Noise Ambience For Sleep, Meditation & Yoga ($2.99)

Productivity & Utilities Apps

  • Merriam-Webster’s Third New International, Unabridged for Android ($59.00)
  • OfficeSuite Professional 7 ($14.99)
  • Schedule Planner PRO ($3.99)
  • SketchBook Pro ($4.99)
  • Swype Keyboard ($3.99)
  • PrinterShare Mobile Print ($12.95)
  • Alarm Clock+ ($0.99)
  • Genius Scan+ ($6.99)
  • mSecure ($9.99)
  • Note Anytime (Kindle Tablet Edition) ($4.99)

Thank you Amazon!

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Over $135 of Android apps now free on Amazon AppStore

Posted by wicked September - 25 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Amazon_Tablet_AppFor a limited time, dozens of Android apps are absolutely free from Amazon’s AppStore. The apps on sale are of all genres, from games to productivity apps. Among the apps: OfficeSuite Professional 7 ($15 value), Genius Scan+ ($7 value), Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode II ($5 value), and mSecure – Password Manager and Secure Digital Wallet ($10 value). If you’re interested, head to the link below and get downloading.

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Deal: free apps worth $135 from Amazon!

Posted by wicked September - 25 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Got a new device that you want to fill up with some cool apps? Or maybe you want to beef up your collection on the cheap?

It’s your lucky day, as Amazon is giving away $135 of free apps for a limited time.

There are 27 apps in Amazon’s promotion, and, with two exceptions, all are compatible with any Android device, not just Kindle Fires. The selection includes games and productivity apps, and is definitely work checking out. Among the highlights are Riptide GP2, Sketchbook Pro, Swype Keyboard, mSecure Password Manager, and Paper Camera.

Here’s the full list:

  • OfficeSuite Professional 7
  • Riptide GP2
  • Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode II
  • Relax Melodies Premium
  • Perfectly Clear
  • SketchBook Pro
  • Paper Camera
  • PrinterShare Mobile Print
  • Quell Memento
  • Mahjong Artifacts
  • Swype Keyboard
  • Knots 3D
  • Threes!
  • mSecure – Password Manager
  • Genius Scan+
  • Alarm Clock+
  • Sworkit Pro
  • My Diet Coach – Pro
  • City Maps 2Go Pro
  • Another World
  • Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden (Full)
  • Heroes of Steel RPG Elite
  • Schedule Planner PRO
  • Merriam-Webster’s Third New International Pro
  • Air Harp (Kindle Tablet Edition)
  • MetaMoJi Note (Kindle Fire Edition)
  • Earth & Moon in HD Gyro 3D PRO

Check out the full list here. You can also browse the list from the updated Amazon app from the Play Store.


Amazon adds Wishlist Hashtag System

Posted by wicked September - 25 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

amazon-twitterAmazon has been testing some ideas using hashtags and twitter, releasing a hashtag cart-adding system in May, allowing you to add an item to your cart from twitter instantly. Amazon is expanding this system by adding #AmazonWishList. 

Now when you’re surfing Twitter looking at treats in your feed, replying to a tweet about a product with #AmazonWishList will add the item to your Amazon WishList.

So head over to Twitter and try out the new feature and let us know what you think!

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Kindle Unlimited book service hits the UK

Posted by wicked September - 24 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Back in July, Amazon launched its new all you can read eBook service called Kindle Unlimited. At launch, the service was available in the US only leaving everyone outside the States out. That has changed this week with Amazon announcing that Kindle Unlimited is now available in the UK.

The service is available in the UK right now for fans of digital books to try out with a free 30-day trial. After that 30-day trial is over, the UK version of Kindle Unlimited will set consumers back £7.99 per month.

That monthly fee will give access to 650,000 books along with thousands of audio books that can be synced across platforms where the Amazon mobile apps function. It’s worth noting that in the US Kindle Unlimited gives access to about 50,000 additional books.

As with the US service, in the UK most books from major publishers aren’t offered. There are some major book series available though, including Harry Potter and The Hunger Games.

SOURCE: Engadget

Amazon Intros #AmazonWishList Hashtag to Twitter, Adds Items Right to Your Wish List

Posted by Tim-o-tato September - 24 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Back in May, Amazon teamed with Twitter to introduce a new hashtag system, one which would instantly add a purchasable item from your Twitter feed into your shopping cart on Amazon. While I personally have not seen much adoption of this service, Amazon has introduced a new hashtag for shoppers this morning, one which seems much more practical for users. 

While skimming your timeline, you may happen across a neat gadget or gift idea that features an Amazon product link – starting today, users can simply reply with #AmazonWishList, which will add the item directly to your wish list on Amazon’s site. When you are ready to go back and purchase it, it will be waiting for you.

Shall you be using this feature on your own account?

Via: Amazon

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[App Review] Amazon joins an already crowded field with Prime Music

Posted by wicked September - 23 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


The competition between music streaming services is fierce. Everyone from tech giants to smaller, individual services are going at it to get ahold of you for some listening time. In June, Amazon entered the arena with an extension to its Prime subscription that costs $99. The company introduced Prime Music, an unlimited music streaming service that has absolutely no advertisements. Prime Music offers more than one million songs by thousands of artists to be streamed endlessly. It is built into the Amazon Music app that brings together your existing library, a traditional store, and Prime Music.


Getting started with Prime Music is incredibly simple. Have Amazon Music installed? Have an Amazon Prime subscription? You now have Prime Music. Enter your email and password into the app and you’re good to go. Amazon Music breaks down into a few sections — Your Library, New Music, Prime Music. The slideout menu exposes these sections with additional choices as well as the Settings, Downloads, and Help buttons. This opening menu goes away, however, once you start listening to music as it collects recently played albums. From here on, the slideout menu is the go-to for navigation.


There is no way getting around Prime Music’s meager catalog. The amount of songs offered by Prime Music seems like a lot on paper, but not so when comparing it to other services. Google Play Music All Access lets users stream anything that Google Play offers and Spotify features a mighty twenty million songs. It is not like Prime Music is completely dated or anything. Prime Music has a little bit of this and a little bit of that — a mixed bag in which you never really know what you are going to get.

The albums section also shows how much Prime Music’s catalog is lacking. You will never get the freedom of thinking “Oh, I want to listen to [artist name]” and being served with appropriate music. Though, I will say that Prime Music delivers best when looking for older music from the 1970s or 1980s.

Perhaps Amazon tries to make things better with the playlist section. Users can create playlists but Amazon has shared some pre-made ones. They vary from hits of a certain era to artist-specific collections. There is a wide variety and this is a good way to curate music for a listener that does not know what exactly to listen to; however, someone wanting an already-generated playlist can save money and go with something like iHeartRadio or Pandora. Those services do just fine in composing custom channels at no cost.


Playback with the Amazon Music app is extremely clean and simple. Starting a song displays its name, the artist’s name, and traditional playback buttons. The drop down button will include ways to view more music found on an album and its artist. Useful shuffle and repeat buttons are here, too. While here, you can share your activity with Facebook.

Outside of the app, Amazon Music can be controlled from a few different places. The traditional playback buttons will appear on the lockscreen and in the notification tray. To gain even easier access, there is a handy widget that can be placed on the homescreen.

The biggest issue with Prime Music is that it is not at all comparable to its competition. And that could actually be alright with Amazon. Projecting Prime Music as a download-focused service to grow your music collection would be wise. The catalog is far too small to be taken seriously as a music streaming service alone. It has some of today’s popular songs, some of yesterday’s, and some of the songs you probably forgot about. Its design is boring and unintuitive, albeit useful. None of this is enough in the music streaming arena.

What is important with Prime Music is that it is an extension of the Prime subscription. Absolutely no one will subscribe just because Prime Music exists. Everyone subscribes because of the free two-day shipping and respectable video streaming service. Prime Music seems to be Jeff Bezos’ way of creating more value since the price of a Prime subscription recently increased by $20.

So if you have a Prime subscription, Prime Music is just there. And for non-subscribers, you are much better off looking elsewhere. There are free services that deliver much better than Prime Music.

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Amazon, Apple makes family sharing easy, Google misses out

Posted by wicked September - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

With almost everyone owning a smartphone or tablet these days, these mobile devices have become more than just individual, private experiences but sometimes even familial ones. Realizing that families would sometimes want to manage their mobile experience as, well, a family, Amazon and Apple have revealed features in their new operating systems that makes all that not only easy but even more engaging as well.

Yesterday, Amazon announced the arrival of new Kindle Fire HD and HDX tablets, which came with an also brand new Fire OS 4, codenamed “Sangria”. Of the many new features that are arriving with this version, one is marked as still Coming Soon but is also probably the most interesting in this context. Amazon’s Family Library service does just what its name implies. It pools together the apps, games, audiobooks, books, and Prime Instant Video content that family members have purchased in order to make the available to each and every member of the family or device, without having to switch user accounts just to download them. It definitely makes sharing a lot easier, though Amazon has yet to detail the privacy features Family Library will, or should, have.

iOS 8′s new Family Sharing feature does the same but admittedly adds a few more touches that are definitely desirable for families. Aside from getting access to others’ music, movies, TV shows, books, and apps, you can also create a shared family album. But iOS 8 family sharing goes beyond media content. For example, you can have a shared family calendar. You can even locate each family member or their device, should the latter get lost, Of course, you can opt to remain hidden from that family map if you wish to (but better have a good excuse ready for Mom or Dad). And lastly, Apple might have finally solved the problem with “accidental” purchases made by kids. Family Sharing lets you set a single credit card for making iTunes purchases. It also lets you configure connected Apple IDs to ask permission before making a purchase, which you, as the parent, can allow or deny anywhere, any time.

Of course, here at Android Community, we root for Android naturally. Sadly, Google has been left out of the family party, at least for now. It has yet to implement any sort of family sharing feature in Google Play Store, much less curb in-app purchases beyond the simple password requirement. That said, there might still be hope. Android L, 5.0 or Lemon Meringue Pie, is expected to finally arrive next month. Google could very well be working on such a similar feature behind closed doors. Or hopefully it has been for some time now and isn’t just going to haphazardly slap on such a feature in such short a time just because its competitors have.

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The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 has had an overhaul. The new version is reported to have a 70% boost in graphics power and upgraded audio capabilities.

The new HDX 8.9 retains its 2560 x 1600 pixel display but now runs on a Snapdragon 805 processor, which replaces the Snapdragon 800.

The audio boost comes via Dolby Atmost, which promises volume twice that of the iPad Air.

Storage options go up to 64GB and there’s also a 4G LTE option.

Via tablet-news

Amazon outs new Fire HD models and Fire HD Kids Edition

Posted by wicked September - 18 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Amazon is on a roll today, unleashing a barrage of new Kindle devices to make bibliophiles swoon. But for those who want a bit more functionality out of their device at the expense of e-ink, Amazon has a new generation of Kindle Fire HDs just for them. There is even one made especially for kids!

There are two new models in this Fire HD line. The Kindle Fire HD 7 replaces last year’s model while the new 6-inch Fire HD 6 is totally new to the family. Aside from the difference in sizes, both sport the exact same specs. They both have the same 1280×800 HD resolution, which gives the Fire HD 6 a higher pixel density of 252 ppi versus 216 ppi on the Fire HD 7. An unnamed 1.5 GHz quad-core runs inside, noted to have 3x more graphics muscle than Samsung’s budget Galaxy Tab 4 line, making it suitable even for some resource intensive games. RAM isn’t mentioned but storage comes in 8 and 16 GB configurations. There is a 2 megapixel camera on the back, capable of shooting 1080p videos, and a front-facing VGA shooter.

Of course, that’s just the hardware. Ultimately what makes Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets special are the Amazon apps and services to be enjoyed within. Among those include some that you may be already be familiar with in existing Fire HD and Fire HDX devices, like X-Ray for looking up actor or video info, Second Screen, and Prime Instant Video downloads. Others are quite new to the ears. ASAP or Advanced Streaming and Prediction is a Fire TV feature that Amazon is now making available for its tablets as well. ASAP tries to guess what movie or TV episode you will want to watch next and starts downloading them in the background so that when you hit that play button, the video is ready for you.


The new Fire HD is a very family-friendly device. Multiple user profiles lets you set up different accounts for each family member, with their own settings, app data, and bookmarks. But while you may want to keep personal data separate, you might want to share apps and media among family members. With Family Library, you can do that easily, letting you share books, videos, apps, and games between family members, either on the same device or across multiple Android devices or even Amazon’s mobile apps on other platforms. To add even more fun into the equation, the new Kindle Fire HD will come in five color options of black, white, cobalt, magenta, and citron.

But if those family features aren’t enough to make you hand over the Fire HD to your kid, then Amazon’s new Fire HD Kids Edition might. Amazon is starting them young, both for reading and for learning, with a bit of entertainment on the side. Amazon, however, insists that this is not a toy and is a capable tablet in children’s clothing. It isn’t giving out the specifics, but a quad-core processor, an HD display, and rear and front-facing cameras are probably enough to convince most. Front and center, however, are the services, content, and features that make the device something kids will surely love.

Amazon FreeTime Unlimited subscription removes the worry of accumulating bills from app and content purchases by giving it all for free, a value of up to $120 according to Amazon, at least for the first year. Of course, you, not your kid, are the ones to set the rules of what they see and how long they can see it. Those rules can be tailored according to type, so that you can encourage unlimited reading but put a cap on videos and games. But the retailer knows that even well-intentioned kids can become one of the most destructive forces in the known world, so it is throwing in a two-year guaranteed to replace broken tablets, no questions asked.


The pricing details for these new Kindle Fire HD tablets are as follows:

Kindle Fire HD 6 – 8 GB ($99), 16 GB ($119)
Kindle Fire HD 7 – 8 GB ($139), 16 GB ($159)
Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition – 6-inch ($149), 7-inch ($189)

All of these are now available for pre-orders, with shipping slated to start in October.

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