12
Sep
31d15_amazon_apps

While the Amazon Appstore may have its downfalls, it also has its upsides -- namely good deals and free apps. Thus is the case with its new promotion called "Geek Week," in which some very useful apps designed for hardcore Android enthusiasts have received a nice price drop.

As for the apps in question, you'll find some well-known tools and utilities in the mix:

  • Easy Tether for $4.99 (normally $9.99)
  • Root Explorer for $0.99 (normally $3.99)
  • WidgetLocker for $0.99 (normally $1.99)
  • Wave Launcher for $0.99 (normally $1.99)
  • SetCPU for $0.99 (normally $2)
  • RepliGo Reader for $1.99 (normally $4.99)
  • Xtralogic Remote Desktop Client for $12.99 (normally $24.95)
  • BackupEverything for $0.99 (normally $1.99)

Among those, I highly recommend Root Explorer and SetCPU (for overclocked devices), but the majority of those apps are definitely worth the sale price.

So, if you don't already have it, there's no better time to grab the Amazon Appstore and take advantage of a good deal on some must-have apps.

[Geek Week App List]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • David Ruddock

    The way I read this is: Amazon isn't happy with the popularity of the Appstore, and sales are stagnating. So, they cut into these developers' revenue and dropped prices in a likely futile bid to keep traffic up and increase paid app sales.

    I wonder if the developers were given a choice to participate, or even notified that they'd be featured in this promotion.

  • Victor

    Amazon is awful to developers. When they slash a price, they never notify the developer or ask for permission. They also have a hard time paying the developer for their work. (I have yet to receive my payment from July from my app)

    • Lewis

      and what app is that?

      • victor

        Its called RokuByte

      • victor

        Its called RokuByte. Its a Roku remote

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  • Martin

    They won't make the Amazon appstore popular if they keep it restricted to US only!!! Can't get it here in the UK and no talk of it coming here :(

  • Vi

    The Grid 10 uses Amazons appstore for Android apps!

    Just a thought, I called them.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody

    I think anybody buying apps on the amazon store (at least over the google market) is taking quite a risk. If Amazon realizes that they aren't going to make money on the appstore no matter how hard they keep riding it, eventually they are going to shut it down. When that happens, the mandatory DRM on all of those apps is going to go belly up and all of them are going to stop working. I realize that it's a Chicken v Egg situation, but they've alienated enough developers (and google) that it seems like a real possibility that it'll all come crashing down eventually.

    • David Ruddock

      That's highly unlikely. Amazon will keep the authentication running into perpetuity, lest they be the subject of a very costly class action lawsuit.

      • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody

        A class action lawsuit would be plausible, but given that the average class action case includes less than 10% of the possible participants they'll never pay a substantial loss...Considering the vast majority of people still didn't buy more than a few dollars from Amazon, most people won't even bother, and a fair number who do won't even qualify for a payout because the amount would be too small. The real topper is that Amazon can settle for a reduced payout which would kill the value for the few people that do deserve substantial payouts.

        On the other hand, Amazon admittedly could keep the authentication servers running, but they will remain on the hook for tech support and a few other things that will require people to keep it all running, which eventually they won't want to cover.

        I'm not saying that the day Amazon stops selling apps that they are drop it entirely, but it is the start of the countdown...Figure that right away they will stop allowing app developers to submit updates (not that many will anyway). A couple of months later they stop distributing the Amazon app in any easily accessible location, but still within reach for those who know where to look (this will convince 99% of users to give up, but keeps them insulated from a class action). Finally, at 6-9 months tops, they just kill it with the knowledge that they'll likely pay less than $100,000 for a settlement.

        Hey, I could be wrong, but why would Amazon want to pay a staff of 2-3 reasonably trained people to keep it maintained. Even a class action case is cheaper than keeping the service running for 2 years after they've stopped making money.

  • http://www.typhonrt.org/ Mike Leahy

    Thank you David & Victor for your first posts on the topic above! This was my immediate sentiment and further fuels the general ire on how crappy a deal the Amazon App Store is for developers. Amazon provides asymmetric value such that they win big and consumers win big and anyone in the middle gets trampled and they are stepping mightly hard on developers and honestly disrespecting the craft if you ask me.

  • Saad

    no i dont think so they will shutdown..
    not atleast after the launch of kindle fire and also upcoming kindle 10".