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Update: Turns out the app is only compatible with LG Google TV's for the time being (meaning no Google TV set top boxes are compatible at this time). That's lame.

Remember Google TV? You know, the Google-developed set top box running an Android variant that never managed to catch on? Well, if you're one of the small but dedicated users of the most neglected streaming device around, there's reason to celebrate: Amazon's Instant Video app, previously "exclusive" to the Kindle Fire, iPad, Roku, TiVo, Blu-ray players, various connected TVs, and just about everything except standard Android devices, is available on Google Play from your Google TV. Except for the Logitech Revue. Because apparently, Amazon hates you.

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On its own merits, the Amazon Instant Video app looks pretty good: quick browsing through Amazon's library, HD playback, support for free Amazon Prime video, the works. It looks pretty similar to the apps on the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD, which is part of why it's so annoying that there's no way to actually watch Amazon video on your Android device short of using Flash in the browser (which simply isn't an option for most 4.1 and 4.2 users).

If I may tangent into a bit of a personal rant: come on, Amazon! You let everyone else join the Instant Video party! You let Android users have access to Kindle books, Amazon MP3, even your walled garden app store. I could understand why the Fire series had an exclusive on video, but then you gave it to iOS users, erasing any kind of competitive advantage. I've got hundreds of dollars' worth of legally-purchased episodes on Amazon, and thousands of hours worth of Prime content that I can only access with a full-sized machine. Release Amazon Video for Android already. I can't be the only one who hates to see this:

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By the way, Amazon's own support page lists the Logitech Revue. We're not sure what kind of wires are being crossed here. The Revue is properly listed on Amazon's support page as an Instant Video device because it can utilize browser playback. Still, odd that they wouldn't give it support for the app, though we're guessing that may be because of the Revue's rather unique Intel guts.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    No Logitech Revue support? Come on.

    • GTVBlows

      I just switched to Roku off of GTV because of crappy support like this.

      • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

        There both great devices, both with cons, and pros... But I couldn't live with out the integration of my cable service, and online content... Amazon app is a plus, but its not like we couldn't have used Amazon prime with out it... I've been using it, with out the app this whole time... Also, there are other things GoogleTV does that Roku doesn't... Voice search for TV channel numbers, channel names, show names... Controls all my devices, TV, cable box, etc...

        • Chad D

          If it has HD video (the webapp does not) that is bigger than a plus.

          • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

            Agreed!

  • Keith Myers

    For the record, there is no support for he Logitech Revue.

    • mgamerz

      Going to guess it has to do with the x86 processor the revue uses.

      • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

        That might be true, but then the first gen Sony would also be on the list with it... Haven't tried to download it yet to my Sony blu-Ray GoogleTV yet, but it seems others with the Sony, are having trouble downloading it...

  • http://katzmatt.com/ Matt Katzenberger

    Is there any way to hack this onto an Android tablet?

  • http://about.me/bob_schwartz BWSchwartz

    So this is an app for Google TV that's not compatible with my Google TV box (vizio co-star)? Really?

  • Aaron Berlin

    Saddened by the lack of Revue support, but having this at all for the platform is a big step forward for usability. After living with my Revue for the last couple of years, I took the plunge and grabbed the HiSense box yesterday, so this is a nice bonus.

  • markgbe

    amazon... you are strange.

  • Javier Rapoport

    not available for the co-star either... :(

    • http://profiles.google.com/wisefire935 Joshua Wise

      Same. I call BS.

  • Adam Boeglin

    Anyone have a GoogleTV who can pull the APK? The api's are all that different between the TV and 4.0.

  • Cayse Pollard

    My Sony GS7 is showing as Not Compatible as well. Anyone got a GTV box that IS supported??

  • ReklessSVT

    What a joke....

  • chants92

    Emailed Amazon at googletv-aiv-feedback@amazon.com to find out what Google TV devices ARE compatible.

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    I honestly didn't realize this *wasn't* already available on Android.

    • Spoken Word™

      There's an Amazon Instant video player on my Logitech Revue. It's been there since I got it. Videos play through the browser. Is this something different?

      • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

        Yeah, this is a dedicated app, not something that directs you to there web page...

  • Richtech

    Another reason why I hate the Revue (Logitech in particular). Got it for $100, and it is barely worth that. I got a Roku 2 if needed.
    This is just sad.

  • http://twitter.com/ssantinelli Steven Santinelli

    Showing incompatible with both my Logitech and Vizio...

  • Clayton Gehbauer

    Doesn't appear to support the Sony Google TV Blu-ray first gen device either, it's saying the app doesn't support mine, at least trying to install from the web. I'll try from the device when I get home.

  • UniBroW

    When I can watch Full HD stuff from Amazon via their app and output it via hdmi without having to worry about silly DRM keys I'll throw my money their way.

  • moelsen8

    fail

  • http://twitter.com/sam1am John Samuel αΩ

    So far there is no support for the Logitech Revue, Sony Blue ray players, or the Vizio CoStar. What other Google TV devices are there?

  • http://google.com/+derekross Derek Ross

    This is only available for LG TV at this time.

  • ruperto17

    I have the original Logitech Revue and I don't understand why it didn't catch on. I mainly use it for watching Netflix and for finding tv shows to watch. And of course Youtube. Anyway, shame on you Amazon. I guess you don't want our money.

  • http://twitter.com/TheChrisGlass Chris Glass

    Any chance this hints at Amazon's OWN Google TV since apparently NO DEVICE in existence works with this?

    • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

      I don't think they would use the GoogleTV platform, but another version of Android to do that... I don't see why they wouldn't try to do this tho...

  • Veg RV

    I would pay for the APK, can someone pull it and post it

  • Shaon Yousuf

    No nexus support??...Like wtf?

  • Michael Ingraham

    So, how long before someone "tweaks" the app to download on Nexus devices, FAVI SmartStick, etc. In other words, "regular" Android devices, not just gTV.

  • Plerisei

    ROFL.

  • Plerisei

    I hope a developer hacks this and makes it available for the entire ecosystem.

  • faceless128

    best troll or BEST TROLL?

    <3 Amazon

  • Matthew Fry

    I really don't like how Amazon is playing games with their offerings. I get that they need to have something exclusive to the kindle fire, but seriously?

  • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

    What does the GoogleTV blog say about this? Maybe there trying to get it to integrate with the PrimeTime app for GoogleTV...

  • Dlayknee

    Oh hey, fun fact, it doesn't work with my Sony Google TV either. ...I have no idea what this *does* work on!

  • John O’Connor

    i'll just keep twiddling my thumbs... on the ipad?.. for shame Amazon

  • http://www.stevenmattera.com Steven Mattera

    No Sony Google TV Support. D=

  • danix180

    Amazon's gonna lose a lot of customers for not supporting Android and Google TV ... Just saying.

  • Luke Ritter

    Your dead right about Amazon. I pay for these show with Amazon yet I cannot use them on anything but my computer TV. I am buying from them so why does their issues with a other company have to f%@# me. It is just not right.

  • Jimmy Mackey

    Google TV and Amazon Instant are a great match up because of the exposure that Google TV could eventually have. I don’t know of may TVs that have Google TV yet and LG is just starting to put them out but I’m sure Amazon is excited about this. I have the Prime service from Amazon but I wasn’t that impressed with the selection from their streaming service that is free. I get over 100,000 titles from my DISH Blockbuster @Home though and I even watch it while I’m on my break, working at DISH because I can stream on my iPad, and do a lot. I like how convenient it is to use anywhere as well as in my home, plus I have the DVD and Blu-ray by mail, unlike Amazon who charges per movie for many new releases. That is a huge savings over the year since I want to see all of the latest movies when they come out.

  • Cosmo

    I got it to work on GS3 w/ Jelly Bean by using the Dolphin browser with desktop mode enabled. I also side loaded flash 11.1 apk , but I'm not sure that is necessary. It works quite well once you start in portrait mode and then go full screen in landscape.

  • http://theproofstation.com/ Joe Young

    Lets start a petition and thet this thing signed by a rediculous amount of people to show amazon how much money theyre missing out on.

    http://www.change.org/petitions/all-android-users-release-the-android-version-of-amazon-video-on-demand#share?utm_medium=email&utm_source=notification&utm_campaign=new_petition_recruit

  • fredphoesh

    This is because Amazon are spiteful wankers... they want you to buy THEIR android devices.

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