Amazon definitely knows how to get into the Christmas spirit. To celebrate the world's biggest gift-giving holiday, the Appstore is giving away over $40 in paid apps for free. There are 11 apps and games in the list, including a few big names like Sonic The Hedgehog 2 and Angry Birds Star Wars II. It shouldn't be hard to find something for everybody.


About half of these apps have been given away as part of the Free App of the Day in the past, but this is an opportunity to claim those you've missed.

These apps are only free for today, so hurry hurry over and claim them before those pesky prices return. Don't forget to download at least one app before the 28th so you can also claim a $5 Appstore credit!

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Cody Toombs
Cody is a Software Engineer and Writer with a mildly overwhelming obsession with smartphones and the mobile world. If he’s been pulled away from the computer for any length of time, you might find him talking about cocktails and movies, sometimes resulting in the consumption of both.

  • Pushkar Kurhekar

    Sweet! I got Angry Birds, Alarm Clock and Sonic.

    Thanks AP! ;D

    • RL010

      Sonic not compatible with any of my devices ... Nexus 7, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, Sony Xperia T and my old SGS.

      So amazon can keep there crap

  • Anthony Tyson

    Sonic is "not compatible" with my device. But only on the amazon app store... I remember why I stopped using it now.

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

      Gotta love the Kindle-only compatibility bullshit, especially when it doesn't actually specify it anywhere.

    • Ben J

      I think it's $.99 on Google Play, but either the controls are just junk or maybe it's my fat fingers that don't work with it, so I got a refund before the first 15 minutes were up.

      But just in case they fix this crap, I "purchased" it for free now.

      • Simon Belmont

        The controls take some getting used to, indeed. About 30 minutes into it, I started getting better and not fat-fingering everything.

        I've almost completed it now, and I feel pretty comfortable with it at this point. Give it a try again when Amazon sorts out the compatibility issues.

    • Romario Maxwell

      Same thing on my GT-I9500. I went on the desktop site to be able to "purchase" the app while it's free so I don't miss out if one day they update the compatibility.

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    • Dt Bell

      I like that one on the PC, Google has a decent one for Android.

  • Leonard Wong

    Amazon is really generous

    • RL010

      Yeah they are (NOT), things are not compatible with my Nexus 7 and te rest is crap

    • Ben J


  • jan

    i use amazon app store on regular basic, but right now i am outside of my country, and app says my location doesn't match country where my credit card is from. any idea how to go around this? thanks

    • HGMIV

      you may be able to try to use Hola Unblocker, the Chrome extension. It acts as a virtual VPN to trick sites to think you're in a different country. I believe it works for Amazon. https://hola.org

  • Dt Bell

    Thank you Happy Holidays

  • http://nrajesh.com Rajesh

    Amazon is truly upping the ante. Hope Google fights well on New year's eve. Yay! :p

  • merman1983

    OK two years away from Amazon app store from annoyances. Can someone remind me how I can stop Amazon from claiming Play store apps? I think of I go into my account in a browser I can delete them from my account. OK I'll try that thanks for your help, me.

  • RL010


  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    Now it is showing $30 worth of free apps.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      I've seen that graphic a couple of times, too. I have a feeling it was created before all of the apps were chosen. Either that or somebody didn't realize PrinterShare Mobile Print was priced at $12.95.

    • jesuguru

      Or maybe it reads your phone compatibility, and adjusts the value if certain apps (like Sonic) aren't compatible with your phone.

  • Simon Belmont

    There's actually a Free App of the Day bundle tomorrow, too. It should have a different set of apps.

    How about that Sonic the Hedgehog 2 that isn't compatible with anything? It doesn't say Kindle Tablet Edition, so I assume Sega uploaded it and didn't see the compatibility list correctly (I actually bought it for 99 cents on the Google Play Store anyway, so no biggie).

  • sal

    Amazon Must really hate canada , only the angry birds app is free for us canadian, what the dead eh?

  • Mike Harris

    I've been using the Amazon Appstore since it started, but only because of the FAOTD. I'm afraid to "miss out" on something, even though I use almost none of them. What I've been doing for the past few years is "buy" the free app, but never install it (since you can go back and install any app once it's been purchased).

    I've recently noticed that I no longer have to install the apps I get. Once I buy them, they immediately get downloaded and installed. This means I have to go back and uninstall every app now after buying it and I can't find a setting anywhere to change this. I recently upgraded my phone to the Note 3 and I want to say believe the change is with the app itself, but I haven't seen this talked about anywhere. How is it possible that apps from the Appstore can be silently installed?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      Just make your "purchase" through Amazon's website instead of the app.

      I've been claiming apps since the beginning in case I decide to try something out and then make the purchase on the Play Store later. So far, it hasn't come in particularly handy, but I will be set if I ever end up with a Kindle Fire.

      • Mike Harris

        That's actually a really good idea. I've never thought about doing it that way. I'd still like to know if/how/why they're "silently' installing the apps.

  • Randal Oulton

    There's no date on this posting, people aren't gonna know what day it applies to.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      Top of the post, directly to the left of the thumbnail. The date is also in the url.

      • Randal Oulton

        Oh right, sorry. My bad, I now see "25 Dec (no year)" in a green box, wouldn't have spotted it but see it now. Cheers.

  • http://www.techanger.com/ Aamir Rizwan

    Some serious compatibility problem with Amazon. It says Sonic is not compatible with my Xperia M but on play store it is compatible.