Amazon Appstore is the second largest app market for Android Devices after Google’s own Play Store.
The majority of people with Android smartphones and tablets choose to download apps from the default Google Play Store. However, Google’s app store is not the only option available and there are a number of third-party offerings. Amongst them, the Amazon Appstore is probably the most well known. If you want to know all about the Appstore including how it works, how to download and install the Amazon_App.apk, and available features, read on for all the details you need.
The Android Appstore is the retail giant’s own online store where Android device users, as well as Kindle e-book users, can purchase and download mobile apps and software applications. It was launched in 2011 and is now accessible in a huge amount of countries across the world. The number of apps on offer has grown rapidly, with an estimated 600,000 apps available as of April 2017. Notably, Amazon entered into an agreement with BlackBerry in 2014, and now new BlackBerry Android smartphones also have access to the App store.
The Appstore is now well established, although it hasn’t been an entirely smooth ride for Amazon, especially in the early stages. For instance, there were initial concerns about distribution terms and also Apple filed a lawsuit against them because of the similarity of the term Appstore to its own App Store name (although the claims were rejected.)
How Amazon App Store works?
Amazon’s Appstore works in a similar way to other app stores, so developers submit free apps as well as paid apps and receive a percentage of the revenue. Device owners can then browse the store to check the applications that available or search for something in particular. Some are Amazon-only apps including Amazon Instant Video, and those who subscribe to Amazon Prime will need this one to get access to the video content. Additionally, there are certain common apps on the Google Play Store that are also available on Amazon’s version, such as Facebook, Netflix, and Spotify. However, there are some exceptions although the gap is slowly closing, and there’s also a lack of Google Play services.
How to Download amazon Appstore apk and Install?
So how do you get the Amazon Underground app on your device? A growing number of Android devices are now launching with the app already built in, and this is especially the case with high-end smartphones. If you have a device where the app is not already downloaded you’ll need to manually download and install the .apk file. This is a little different to the usual method and you’ll have to enable your device to access apps outside of the Google Play Store first. To do this you’ll first be required to head to Settings, then Security on your device and then check Unknown Sources.
It’s worth noting at this point that if you also want to receive updates for your apps from amazon, you’ll have to keep your device on this setting. Next, you’ll need to get the Appstore apk file on your Android smartphone or tablet by heading to Amazon from your device’s browser. You can choose to directly install the Amazon Underground app from the link below
Alternatively you can also get the app from this Mirror Link
With this method simply download the app’s APK file using the link you receive in the email. Tap on the file download to begin installing it, and once this is complete you can open the app. You’ll need to sign in with your Amazon account or create one if you haven’t got one already by entering your email address or phone number. By now you should be up and running but we’ll point out that by enabling Unknown Sources you may leave yourself open to installing malicious apps.
Therefore we urge readers to only install apps from trusted sources. This process might seem a little intimidating if you’re not very tech-savvy, but in fact is straightforward if you just follow the above steps.
Amazon Appstore features:
Now the app is installed you’ll see that there are some similarities to Google Play in the way that it’s laid out. The design is somewhat dark and it’s clear that leisure is a big focus, with the top featured categories often involving entertainment, games, and music. A ‘Shop’ section has categories that include Top Charts, New Releases, Recommended For You (based on your interests), Games, and Amazon Coins. The latter is Amazon’s own digital currency that was introduced to the Appstore in 2013.
100 Amazon coins are worth $1 and Android Appstore and Kindle Fire customers can buy them. However, if you buy the coins in bulk, with various denominations anywhere between 500 and 50,000, you can save up to 30% when using them to purchase apps, games, and in-app items. This can be a good option for those who buy a lot of apps, as the more coins you buy, the more you’ll save. Nevertheless, please note that Amazon Coins cannot be spent across Amazon’s store so you won’t be able to use them on Prime video or digital music. Because of this, you might find it preferable to purchase an Amazon Gift Card that can be used across the whole site.
The Amazon Appstore also has featured apps and games, and a Library section that features My Apps, Gift Cards & Promos and Manage Subscriptions. A useful point here is that you can manage your collection of apps within three columns, Cloud, Device, and Updates, and select which ones go on to your smartphone or tablet. Further to this, your Amazon apps can be shared with family members, even if you have separate personal and work Appstore accounts. Because they are not part of a Google Account, those you share the apps with will not be able to access your email or Google Drive for example.
Of course, you can also browse a wealth of categories, such as cooking communications, productivity, health and fitness, music, kids, travel, sport, and a whole lot more. As you would expect there is also a search facility if you’re looking for something in particular, and users can refine searches by the device (including Fire Phone, Kindle Fire and Fire Tablets, customer review rating average, price and more.
We should also mention the hottest feature on the Appstore used to be its “free App of the Day.” This was a big draw for many users, after all, who doesn’t love a bargain! For the majority of the time, the free daily app was some sort of game. When this feature first launched it was an ad-free version of Angry Birds Rio, while on the European launch it was an ad-free version of Angry Birds. Of course, this meant that developers missed out on payments whilst their apps were the featured free App of the Day. However, this feature was retired on the arrival of the Amazon Appstore’s Underground (also known as ‘actually free’ apps).
As the name suggests, Amazon Underground apps are not the usual free apps, but instead are 100% free games that include in-app purchases for lives, levels, and upgrades, which you’d usually have to pay for on the Google Play Store. The ‘actually free’ offerings for users in the US, UK, France, and Germany, include apps, games, and in-app items to the tune of over $20,000. Just some of the titles available are games such as Frozen Free Fall, Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions, and Angry Birds Slingshot Stella, as well as productivity apps such as OfficeSuite Professional 8.econ Missions, OfficeSuite Professional 8, Goat Simulator, Angry Birds Slingshot Stella and much more.
One difference from the free App of the Day is that developers are still supported, with Amazon picking up most of the costs involved. However, there’s a big but here, as just yesterday Amazon announced that its Underground program is to close. After May 31st this year Amazon will no longer accept app submissions for Underground from developers, and the service will then be closing to users in the summer of 2017. There’s a further twist though, as Underground Actually Free apps already purchased by that time will work as usual until some point in 2019.
The news of the closedown was a surprise to many, particularly considering that Amazon initially said that the program would be long-term. At the moment it’s unclear what will happen with the regular App Store, although it’s said that this will carry on as usual. In the meantime, it would be good to know if Amazon will reinstate the free ‘app of the day.’
It’s always good to have alternatives to popular services, and many device owners are certain to enjoy the Amazon Appstore. However, one drawback is that app updates with security patches, new features, and fixes, may not arrive as quickly as for other platforms i.e. Google Play, as developers often push those out first.
Another thing to take into consideration is that if you’re downloading apps from different sources it can become somewhat confusing to remember which is which, and you’ll have to go through different libraries if you purchase a new device. These are both things to bear in mind when using Amazon’s Appstore, but it shouldn’t put you off at least trying it out, especially as some apps are cheaper than for other platforms and the choice is growing all the time.