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Amazon Ends Test Drive, The Feature That Let You Try Apps In Browser Or Virtual Machine Before Downloading

Back in 2011 when Amazon released its App Store, we cited the ability to try apps out in your browser before downloading as one of its top features. Later, you could also do that on phones and tablets. Well, things have changed. First, after an announcement made today, you will no longer be able to do this with apps from Amazon's store. Second, you probably won't miss it too much.

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Amazon Reverses Decision: The Original 'Postal' Is Now Available On The Appstore For $1.99, Still MIA From The Google Play Store

Earlier this week we reported on Google's decision to refuse an Android port of the PC shooter Postal in the Google Play Store. Two days later, a representative of developer Running With Scissors told us that Amazon had done the same for the Amazon Appstore, and provided us with the rejection letters from both companies. Google refusing to allow the controversial shooter onto the Play Store is merely inconsistent; as we noted at the time, games with similar levels of violence like Grand Theft Auto III are easily available.

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Amazon Prime Instant Video Now Supports Android Tablets

Amazon doesn't seem to particularly want Android users to enjoy its video streaming service. First it took its sweet time expanding the offering out from Fire and iOS devices. Then when it did finally bring the app to Android, it required installing the standard Amazon app, which then prompted you to install a dedicated Prime Instant Video app from the Amazon Appstore (Google Play, what's that?). After that, it only ran on phones.

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[Update: It's Back] Popular Kodi/XBMC Remote 'Yatse' Gets Kicked Off The Play Store

Last year the XBMC project changed its name to Kodi, giving the media manager a much-needed fresh start considering how it has long since expanded past its original Xbox roots. Yatse is a popular remote app for use with the platform that recently got a spiffy material redesign.

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LEGO Legends Of Chima: Tribe Fighters Is A Free, IAP-Less, Top-Down Shooter Starring Angry, Warring Animals

LEGO stirs up different images these days. It used to be a term synonymous with building blocks. Now it's just as likely to strike up memories of humorous movie adaptations and quirky kids' shows featuring talking animal warriors. The latest LEGO game for Android concerns the latter.

LEGO Legends of Chima: Tribe Fighters is a top-down shooter the likes of which we've been playing for decades. Your character runs upwards, firing shots at regular intervals.

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[Deal Alert] Over Three Dozen Apps And Games Available For Free Today On The Amazon Appstore

Amazon gives out a free app or game everyday, but sometimes it likes to go all out with enticing people towards its Google-free marketplace. Today the retailer is offering dozens of paid apps for free.

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Amazon says the content here adds up to $140. The priciest inclusions are OfficeSuite Professional and a $30 English dictionary. Gamers may want to check out 80 Days, Back to BedMonsters Ate My CondoSki Safari: Adventure Time, and Sorcery!

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Innovative Classic 'Deus Ex Machina' Gets Ported To Android 30 Years After Its Debut, Enhancements Included

Today's gaming machines allow for experiences that we could only dream of decades ago, but nevertheless, the early years of gaming were a time ripe with innovation. While gaming at home was no longer a new concept by the time the 80's came around, the decade was still a time of creativity as developers experimented with genres and art styles that wouldn't hit their heydays until years later. Others were just weird by design, such as Deus Ex Machina, an interactive movie released in 1984 that has now found its way over to Android.

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[Update: Back On Google Play] Players Directed To Amazon Appstore For Updated Version Of Doom-GLES (Now D-GLES) Following Google Play Takedown

Update: To the developer's surprise, Google has returned D-GLES to the Play Store. People who bought it in the past no longer need to send emails requesting updates, and those who have purchased the Amazon version will continue to get new releases going forward. The latest one adds support for Amazon Fire TV and the Fire TV Stick.

Doom took the gaming world by storm in the early 90s, so when developer id Software open sourced the game's code later in the decade, fans of the groundbreaking first-person shooter rushed to port the title to whichever platforms they wished.

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[Update: It's Gone] LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga Is Now On Android, But The $6.99 Title Seems To Be Amazon Appstore-Only For Now

Update: The game appears to have disappeared. Hopefully it comes back soon.

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When gamers first met LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game in 2005, it was a multi-platform title available for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, Gamecube, and PC (along with an isometric 2D version for the Game Boy Advance). It applied the virtual toy block treatment to worlds and events from the three Star Wars prequels, and sprinkled on some of the humor we've since come to expect from LEGO over the years.

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Amazon Is Back With Another Bunch Of Appstore Freebies For New Year's Eve: 33 Apps And Games, $110 Value

It seems like every holiday Amazon comes back with another handful of paid apps to give away for free. It's New Year's Eve in most of the world, so here's the latest batch: a series of 33 games and apps that you can get for free, gratis, and nothing. None of these are exactly a must-have, but hey, why not add them to your Amazon account - you can use them on just about any Android device with the external Appstore package.

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