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The Amazon Appstore Android app was just updated to version 2.3, which finally raised the maximum application size that can be downloaded over a mobile connection from 20MB to 50MB - something we've been asking the company nonstop for over a year. I understand why they set the default to 20MB, but enforcing a max, especially on 4G (Sprint has unlimited 4G, for example) didn't make sense. After all, it's my data, I should be the one to decide how to use it. Can you say "finally" a few more times? I can.

The 50MB limit still leaves that unlimited option to be desired, but it's a huge improvement. In comparison, the Play Store app limit continues to be 50MB - the recent 4GB bump affects only additional downloads. However, since you can still download a few hundred megabytes of data on a mobile network without issues from the Play Store, you are never actually forced to use Wi-Fi. With The Amazon Appstore, not so much.

Furthermore, today's update should fix the issue where notifications about app updates would still show up even though they were completely disabled in the settings, which was the largest gripe after the 2.2 update in early March.

The rest of the changes are minor - stability enhancements and minor bug fixes.

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Grab the update by going to the Appstore app > Settings > Version and Release Notes > Check for Updates or just wait for a notification (it should show up even if you disabled notifications before).

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • Michael

    What I really want is changelogs for app updates.

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

      Oh, yeah, and a full history to the first release would be awesome too. One can dream...

  • sriracha

    a day late and a dollar short if you ask me. i bailed on Amazon quite a while ago and discovered i can get by with out FAotD. besides, being a free-app-rating-jackhole seem like the newest fad to bash any and all apps for no good reason. tic-tac-toe isn't my style.. 1 STAH 4 U!!1!

    does anyone actually buy apps from amazon? there's just so many things that fail compared to Google's market.

    • jim

      I have purchased several apps from amazon.

      Personally, I don't really see anything "fail" compared to google's market (well, updates to apps are usually a week or so late - but I can live with that)

      • sriracha

        *what's amazon's return policy?
        *links to developer's web page and email?
        *download limitations by amazon.
        *"more from this developer" listing?
        *last time i knew amazon's app ran steady in the background, and purchased/downloaded apps fail to function with out it.
        *report an app for violations of content?
        *updates take quite some time, usually multiple weeks.

        it's been a while since i used amazon to download apps, so if i'm outdated here i apologize.

  • Esteban

    I only use the Amazon store if I see a Daily free that i might like. Other than that nope.

  • http://alldroid.blogspot.com Blizard

    I only get free app of the day

  • http://no-substitute.com/plus Kim Nilsson

    I'm still disappointed that the appstore doesn't work outside USA. :-(

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody Toombs

    I'm not sure if I missed it, but I don't remember a toggle for In-App Purchasing in the Settings before. Is this new or has it been there?

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

      I still have 2.2 installed on another phone, so I checked, and yeah, it was there.

      • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody Toombs

        Ahh, thanks...there are still so many complaints (especially on the Fire) that there's no way to restrict app purchases. I wondered if maybe they'd started to fix that issue...clearly Amazon prefers kids make unplanned purchases ;)