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Android's tablet-optimized app selection being what it is, we're always excited to see a useful new app get revamped for bigger screens. It's true that a separate app package isn't technically necessary for transitioning to a great tablet layout, but Amazon has taken a step in the right direction, having just released Amazon Mobile for tablets to the Play Store.

If you've used the regular Amazon Mobile app, you know what you're getting with Amazon Mobile for tablets. Easy searching, reviews, purchasing, and account management – in tablet format.

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The app certainly looks promising, and supports both landscape and portrait browsing, but right now it's only compatible with "Android OS 4.1 & up and 7” 1280x800 resolution screen," meaning the Nexus 7.

If you've been waiting to make impulse buys from a slightly larger screen, hit the widget below to grab Amazon's new tablet-optimized app.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • http://twitter.com/KickingLettuce Kicking Lettuce

    As a wannabe dev, I can tell you that it isn't the easiest thing to make a one-size fits all app for tablets and phones. Sometimes, doing it the way that Amazon does is ok. But, they need to make sure the phone app doesn't show up on tablet devices. That is very easy to do yet overlooked. Ahem, Weatherbug, News360 and CNN.

    • http://photo.katzmatt.com Matt Katzenberger

      For an app that uses the android provided UI elements it shouldn't be hard to implement fragments. It's designed to be used to make apps that adapt to large or small screens.

      Sadly a lot of developers think they need to build their apps from scratch, and ignore the android UI work that's already there, and then we get apps that don't scale well.

      • Shinsen

        Phones and tablets are two very different use cases. Android does an great job of giving you the framework you need to support multiple screen sizes, densities and orientations but just haphazardly adding fragments, splicing together two phone UIs and calling it a day isn't optimal, putting more stuff on a screen at once isn't a good design philosophy.

        Go watch some of the Android Design In Action videos on the Android Developers channel on YouTube, they often cover tablet design and best practice. Might lend some insight into the difficulties facing developers.

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

      This is basically a contained beta test, it's clear. I don't think that's how Amazon should be launching apps - it's pretty upsetting to most everyone who doesn't own a Nexus 7 but wants a piece of that sweet Amazon action on their tablets.

      Android does make it relatively easy to target multiple resolutions, densities, and sizes - they could at least have tested and released on the most popular 5 combinations. Just a single device release is pretty inexcusable.

      • http://photo.katzmatt.com Matt Katzenberger

        I'm not saying my email address is general (at) katzmatt.com, and that I'd like an APK if that's at all possible. I would never say that.

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

          Sorry, the N7 isn't charged, and ever since Android 4.2 (I think), it charges extremely slowly. Like a % every 15-20 minutes.

        • Scott Hardy

          Did anyone ever pull that apk and send it to you? I just did a little searching and can't seem to find it anywhere. I want to try it on my nexus 10.

  • http://photo.katzmatt.com Matt Katzenberger

    Not available for my Nexus 10. Anyone with a Nexus 7 want to shoot me the APK?

  • http://twitter.com/jmrooney501 James Rooney

    Not available in the UK, sigh do they want my money or not!

  • Klaus Kettner

    "Not available in your country"

    That's epic Amazon! Well done, german customers say thank you!

    • Sven

      Wow. Thats bad...

    • http://twitter.com/cthonctic Cthonctic

      I installed Amazon Mobile from their AppStore and now it's updating fine via Play. Kinda weird but hey.

  • Alastair McFarlane

    I know, US-only support is a silly mistake from Amazon. Especially since the 'phone APK works fine on the '7.

  • thommcg

    Ridiculous it's not available internationally. Amazon Mobile for Android was the same though... you get either Amazon Mobile LLC's or Amazon Eurasia Holdings Sarl's version. I use the word "version" loosely as I don't see what the difference between them is anyway.

  • Michael Portuesi

    Not available for my Transformer 300 or my HTC Flyer (I'm in the USA). Is Amazon serious about getting anyone to use this app?

  • Eric

    Can you put up the apk to download onto the n10? I want it bad!

  • Jonathan Wong

    Incompatible with my Motorola XOOM...