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Last Updated: September 3rd, 2011

This is the newest in our Weekend Poll series. For last week's, see AT&T Is Buying T-Mobile USA; As The Dust Settles, What Are Your Thoughts?

We saw it coming from a mile away (and knew all the details), and now it's finally happened: the Amazon Appstore officially launched on Tuesday, March 22. So far, with the exception of a minor hiccup, it looks like the launch has been fairly smooth. Now that you've had a few days to test the waters, we'd like to know what your thoughts are on the Appstore.

As always, you can vote in the poll below, and we encourage you to drop us a line in the comments to voice your opinion.

Have You Tried The Amazon Appstore? What Are Your Thoughts?

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Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • Aghnaar

    Outside from U.S., but I think I'll only use it for the free app of the day when it will come to my country

  • Dark Wizard Matoya

    I'm just using it to get the free app of the day. It's really nothing special or spectacular, and if it weren't for the free app of the day I would have never messed with it at all.

  • Eric

    Pros:
    Good free apps every day
    Interesting design. Not sure it's better, but it's at least nice.

    Cons:
    DRM-I cannot update the app market, because if I do, it causes angry birds rio to flip out. It gives me a DRM error. I can also not play it anywhere that I have no internet connection. Not sure how many apps will do this. There are plenty of better DRM options than always on internet connection

    Exclusive Apps-I guess this is a pro and a con. Some apps that may never have come to the android market (gameloft), may well come to the amazon market. However, plenty of apps that probably would have come to the android market are (I can only assume), being paid off by amazon to be exclusive to their store.

    US Only-I live in the US, but most people don't. I know there are certain deals that need to be worked out for paid apps, but google has no problem getting free apps everywhere.

    Final thoughts. It will likely be the best 3rd party app store. That said, it probably won't be installed on 9/10 devices (excluding any amazon made devices). It will probably be a much smaller market. It will however retain a spot in my app drawer for the free app a day (wish you could opt into a notificiation, rather than having to remember to load the market)

    • Monkeydroid

      What DRM are you talking about? I turned off my Internet and it works just fine. Also I show no updates for anything yet.

      • Eric

        Certain apps can take advantage of amazons DRM. This DRM means that if amazon cannot confirm at time of launch that you own the game (ie, cannot ping market, not signed in, etc), the game will not work. It's in the TOS.

        As for the update, I downloaded the market on launch date, and they seem to have updated it.

        • Eric

          I'd edit, but the edit still doesn't work for me (AP, do you really need a fancy comment editor that is slow and/or doesn't work?)

          Yesterday, rio wouldn't launch if I wasn't connected. Today, no problems. Strange.

          Still can't update the amazon account.

        • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

          I believe DRM apps need Internet on the first run, but then the Amazon app caches the auth token for some time, so it is not requested every time you run the app. It probably revalidates it every few weeks or so, but the idea is to allow running of apps when you're offline - Amazon clarified that to us before.

        • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

          Eric, the Edit functionality got broken after the upgrade to WordPress 3.1, but I fixed it yesterday. Does it still not work for you? If so, can you tell me what happens and what browser/OS you're using? Email admin@ap if you can please.

          Thanks.

    • Ashley Davis

      Protip: I can play AB:Rio with airplane mode on and the latest version of the appstore. Most likely you were just dealing with some sort of bug.

  • http://trueacu.com acupunc

    I wonder how long it will last if people really only use it for the free app of the day.

  • Jamie

    "I'm with AT&T and don't have the option," is a choice that should have been available.

    • Eric

      Works fine on my captivate ;). Why not root and rom?

    • GergS

      I am on AT&T and have it installed...

      Cyanogen 7 on G2 ftw ;)

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Blame AT&T for that one, plus there are ways around it even with stock.

  • Tyler

    Its okay, nothing huge or ground breaking... ill wait till when i get my Xoom Tablet to give a better impression.

  • Coleton

    I do not like the 1-Click payment option. It seems to me it would be too easy to accidently purchase an app. But overall, I like it better than Google's App Store.

    • mugabo

      The 1-Click requirement is what is stopping me; I refuse to "store" my credit card information (or mechanism to use that information) anywhere on the front-end of a site.

  • Álmos

    Outside of the US, but registered with some fake data to access the free app of the day... this is the only advantage of the store, I would never buy anything from there.

  • GergS

    Mostly be using it to grab the free apps, since I never buy apps anyways, and Android Market has the rest of what I want.

    Nabbed Swiftkey, makes me happy :)

  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com PixelSlave

    I am just using it for the free app of the day. But people shouldn't discount it -- Amazon certainly knows how to sell. The thing is, if we keep getting those free app, one day, it will become a habit and we will use it beyond the free apps.

  • Vicky Cantu

    I love amazon and shop on it ALL the time, but this app store is kinda pointless. But I REALLY love the free app of the day :) I just hope that if I buy apps from it I can get points for my amazon credit card! lol

  • mr bunny

    Had to scan the QR code to set up on my Cox Comm Desire. For some reason entering the email/cell# option did not work. Will know better when my Xoom arrives but free Apps how can that be a bad thing !!

  • Steven

    it REALLY bugs me that angry birds won't launch if i un-install the amazon app store .apk - shouldn't the app i download be independent of *where* it was purchased? i'm betting that amazon will include this "feature" in as many apps as possible to guarantee access to your phone.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      It's their DRM - it requires the main app to be present.

  • Cliff

    I kinda hope the Amazon store fails. The way I see it is that Google has invested billions (I’m assuming) on development, distribution, and advertising of the android platform, and deserves to have a return on the investment that makes all our lives a whole lot better. I see it as Amazon trying to ride on the back of Google’s time and hard work, and just trying to dip into the money pot that Google created. I know the Android Market needs some work (no one’s denying that) and I am all for competition because it drives companies to make better products, but I can’t help but feel like people should be supporting Google through the Market because of their innovative OS, rather than supporting someone who’s just trying to get in on the action.

    • Dark Wizard Matoya

      This.
      The free app a day thing is nice, but the Amazon App Store serves no purpose then to allow Amazon to jump on board the Android gravy train. As a consumer I'm all for competition, and no the market isn't perfect, but I support it over the Amazon store because I can't help but feel that Amazon is just trying to cash in on Google's hard work and success.

    • ari-free

      If google doesn't do something about the profitability of android developers, Android will go the way of WinMo or linux on netbooks (which once dominated the market but is now completely wiped out). Unfortunately, they aren't doing a good job so it is time to bring in the professionals.

      Developers may love android with all their heart but faced with the lopsided difference between ios and android profitability, the rational developer (forget about the apple fanboys) must come to the bitter conclusion that the Market is just not worthwhile.

      I don't think amazon is doing this because they want a share of $100 million that android developers are making. They want it so that it is competitive with the over a $1 billion (or is it $2 billion by now?) that ios developers are making and have a 30% share of that pie.

    • Todd

      What work? Android apps are a tiny little sliver of money for Google; they make most of their money from Android on ads. And they put almost no effort into the Android Market, except to pull apps that are confirmed malicious.

  • Tk

    Free apps are amazing. Since google's new 15 minute policy I've been scared to buy apps. I would never have discovered shazaam or swift key, both of which I've been using nonstop, if not for Amazon.

  • [deXter]

    Amazon App Store sucks. Why?

    1. It doesn't make any sense to restrict the entire store to a particular country.

    2. I have to enter my credit card number, "shipping" information etc just to download a free app.

    3. No easy way to remove the credit card info from the app interface or the mobile version of the website.

    4. Need Amazon App-store running in the background to authenticate apps installed via it - even for free apps, like Angry Birds. Doesn't make any sense.

  • Chopper Joe

    Like most people here, I too like grabbing the free apps and love the irony of installing them on my rooted nookColor.

    Not to overly dis Amazon (pretty good initial presentation) but their DRM policy is bound to be counter-productive for both Amazon and the end user. Why would I purchase an app from Amazon that depends on their app being installed when I can purchase the same app from the regular market without that potential problem?

    I'm particularly concerned about having little control over the Amazon app. I installed a couple of apps the first day (mostly to see how the system worked) and the next day the Amazon app notified me of updates. Thing is, I couldn't find any setting in the app regulating when or how often it checked for updates. Without a "manual update" option, I will probably uninstall the app on my phone (but keep it on the nook).

    Agree with Tk, though, that the new 15 minute policy by Google is also counter-productive and the "test drive" feature on Amazon could turn out to be a useful tool.

  • OFI

    Outside of the US.

    To see these free apps we are missing because of this restriction is quite annoying.

  • Jamie

    Because I have the Atrix.

  • Todd

    Man, Android users are really cheap jerks. Mind you, the only Android app I've paid for is Pixel Zombies. I almost bought Dogcatcher when it was reduced, but it hung on install, so I canceled it.

    I've been waiting for someone to step up like this. Google does nothing to keep malware out of Market. It's like Steve Jobs told Eric Schmidt, "they want freedom, give them freedom. Let every loser load malware and crap apps into the Market, and see how fast they come running back to us."

    • Chopper Joe

      Thanks, Todd, for your insight. This explains the plummeting percentage of smartphones that run Android.

      Opps, afraid I got that wrong. I guess that I too have my head up my butt....

  • Baley

    Out of the US, but I will not be bothered to install it at all even when it will be available in my country.

  • Deon

    lol. I love how AT&T's stupid lockdown of Android has come back to bite them in the rear. AT&T's 1st android phone, the backflip, was a huge disappointment. Then they got better hardware but still locked down the OS, no sideloading, forcing alternative search engines, removing google apps (which are free, like navigation) and putting their bloatware/pay-to-use apps (like telenav ($5/mo) onto it.

    But I digress. I don't actually like Amazon's 'exclusive apps'. It's annoying to want a piece of software and now I have to check multiple programs. I do like the free app a day though. This only further complicates the fragmentation.

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