Everyone likes free stuff, and Amazon is sort of giving you more free stuff for your Android device today. The retailer is expanding Amazon Coins to all Android devices in the US, UK, and Germany through the Amazon Appstore.


Coins can be used to buy apps or in-app content, but they used to only work on Amazon's Fire tablets. Now you can earn coins when purchasing certain apps and games and use them on any Android device. Coins can also be earned by completing objectives or reaching achievements in some games. That can now happen on non-Fire Android devices too. Coins can also be purchased directly at a 10% discount.

Amazon has been hoping Coins will encourage developers to build apps and games for its Appstore, and simultaneously get consumers more used to spending money on content. It's easier for some people to spend Coins than tap a button with a $1.99 price tag. Maybe after a while they'll get used to the premium content, though. Bringing Coins to more devices is just the logical next step.


Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • xxritcheyxx

    Pretty interesting, thanks for the post.

  • Matthew Fry

    Yay! Now I can use Amazon currency to buy in-game currency to buy the other in-game currency to buy in-game single use items. That's not specifically designed to part me with my wallet at all.

  • Godspoken

    But can you mine it???

  • Funem

    They are attempting to do what others used to do, and have now reversed back to real money transactions. Microsoft and Nintendo used to make you purchase points to buy stuff on their respective e-stores, mostly because it would make you buy more points that needed, then have some left over which you would then have to top up to buy something else, still leaving some point left over, and secondly to disguise the the real cost of the item unless you calculated the conversion rate. Both Microsoft and Nintendo basically droped this as a bad idea, I see Amazon has picked it up again.