One of the great things about Amazon's App Store is that its online interface allows users to "test drive" apps before deciding to download them. This functionality definitely comes in handy, especially when mulling over the decision whether to buy a paid app.

In an update to the App Store app today, Amazon – besides fixing a download bug and improving stability – introduced its Test Drive feature, meaning users can preview apps right from the palm of their hand before downloading.

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If you've already grabbed the update but don't see the Test Drive button, don't fear – it seems that the functionality is being introduced in stages. It's also worth noting that the Test Drive feature is currently in a beta stage, so performance may not be perfectly consistent.

If you haven't got the update quite yet, just open up the Amazon App Store from your device and check for the update in the settings menu.

Liam Spradlin
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  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    Sounds like a great feature and a way to further distinguish themselves from other app stores.

  • http://twitter.com/NullColaShip Paul Nicholls

    If only they'd make it available to those of us outside the US, perhaps it'd become a real alternative... assuming they also manage to fix the phantom battery drain issues etc.

    • Hal Motley


      That's what I think! I personally believe that by limiting the customers to Android users in the U.S. they are limiting their App Store's potential.

      I stick with Google Play and I seldom use SlideME, however if Amazon gave some application-selling love to the U.K. I could be buying apps as well as everything else from them!

      • Frenchy

        FAOTD and Test Drive are really great features, but IMHO it's madness to buy from Amazon an app that's on the PlayStore. Well, unless if you like to wait for months to get app updates...

    • Frenchy

      C'mon, using it from outside the US is quite easy: just search for it and follow the Modaco forum tutorial. OK, you won't be able to buy apps, but getting the "Free App of the Day" will work every day and that's good enough for me.

  • Joshcrumley100

    i take it this isnt for the kindle fire yet

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  • Jjames42

    Too bad this app is now 14 mb.  It needs to be movable to sdcard at this size.

    • fixxmyhead

      Do u have an entry level phone? 14mb is nothing. I install anything on my s2

      • Knightstalker123

        I have GT-I9100(Galaxy S II International),and my internal storage is already almost full,I have around 250mb but actually,most of games/apps say "There is not enough storage blah blah"so I need to move to SD card or remove some apps.
        While there were lots of complaints about removing SD card and making Nexus MTP only,Actually,I am seeing some advantages of that system.and I hope they move to 32GB/64GB internal storage and I switch happily.

        • fixxmyhead

          U have an s2 u shouldn't be complaining about a measly 14mb app., just get a 32gb sd card there really cheap these days problem solved. Personally I don't care how big an app is. I still have lots of storage onboard plus more on my 32gb card

          • Hal Motley

            I agree with FixxMyHead.

             MicroSDs aren't expensive, even a SanDisk 32GB can be picked up from about £15 (~$25) off Amazon.co.uk these days off Amazon.co.uk, which is substantially cheaper than when I got mine for about £30 (~$50) off the same site!

            Unless you are pedantic about MicroSDs and want a super-fast read/write speed or 64GB storage (or more when they become available), these days MicroSD cards are relatively inexpensive technology.

            Especially since some OEMs like HTC and Sony Ericsson don't give large amounts of internel memory (4GB), which I personally think is annoying (especially since I am a former iPhone user)!

  • Powerplaygrpahix

    Now if they'd just make it less of a resource hog ... I get warnings constantly that it's peaking and spiking my processor and killing my battery.

  • mduran1023

    Test drive sounds awesome.

    Google needs to get on this. Apple too (assuming they don't already do it).