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Amazon Gives Details On How Amazon Underground Works For Developers Who Want To Make Money While Not Charging Users For In-App Purchases

When Amazon announced Amazon Underground, a new app marketplace where many freemium games are made "actually free," everything seemed pretty great. You can make in-app purchases on apps downloaded from Underground without actually spending money, which is my favorite way to buy things. Of course, if you spend much time thinking about how this must work behind the scenes, it's tough to see how this will be a winner.

Amazon has been kind enough to share the nitty gritty details. Here's the short version:

  1. Developers agree to waive the fees for in-app purchases
  2. Amazon pays developers 0.2 cents per minute of use, per user
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[Deal Alert] $110 Worth Of Games And Apps Are Free Today On The Amazon Appstore, Including Game Of Thrones, Sorcery! 3, And Bike Race Pro

Amazon likes to offer freebies every now and then on its Appstore. Aside from the daily gratis app or game, it runs regular huge promotions where it usually discounts over $100 worth of software to the awesome price of nada. Nil. Zilch. That's the case today with a mega deal lasting until May 16th 11:59PM PST.

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The offer includes more than thirty apps and games, which total over $110 in their regular listing price. Most notable among the games are Game Of Thrones, Sorcery! 3, Bike Race Pro, Five Nights At Freddy's 3, Angry Birds Seasons, and Bloons TD 5. There are also kids games, office utilities, and various applications for photo editing, finance management, language learning, and more.

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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. If you bought all of the apps and games on offer today, they'd add up to over $100 USD.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon Appstore Offers Over 40 Paid Apps And Games For Free On Christmas Eve

There may or may not be creatures stirring at Amazon's house this day before Christmas, but the people are busy offering up their usual selection of deals preceding most holidays. The Appstore's free paid app of the day has been extended to no less than 40 apps and games today. Here's the full list, which may or may not be limited to users of the United States version of Amazon's app portal (and a couple are exclusive to the Kindle Fire or Fire Phone):

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Nike's Golf 360 App Comes To Android After Taking Its Sweet Time On iOS

Look, we realize that some companies don't have the resources to develop apps for multiple platforms, and in some cases (some very limited cases) it makes sense to publish on the mobile OS that has 12% of the market. But Nike isn't one of those companies. And so it still kind of miffs us when they take two years to bring a sports app like Golf 360 to the Play Store.

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But enough about Nike's continuing failure at proper cross-platform support. Golf 360 is a training app aimed at aspiring pros. The most useful portion of the app is the golf scoreboard, which supports up to four players and comes pre-loaded with "26,000 courses" from North America and Europe.

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Amazon Gives Away 40 Apps And Games ($130 Value) For Black Friday, No Lines Necessary

The best thing you can do for Black Friday is nothing: those discounts aren't worth the indignity of getting clobbered by an octogenarian's purse while she hunts for a Frozen doll. But if you swing by this promotional page for Amazon's Appstore, you can pick up no less than 40 free apps and games, worth a combined $130 at full price. Amazon does these promotions on a regular basis. There's no reason not to get them all, but if you'd rather not clutter up your Amazon account, here are some notable picks:

Some of the apps are duplicates, like the Kindle Fire-only Angry Birds (the one above is fine for non-Fire devices).

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[Deal Alert] Get $115 Worth Of Apps And Games For Free On The Amazon Appstore, Including Plex, Unpossible, And Boxer Pro

Amazon seems rather ecstatic about giving its users a lot of free software lately. Not content with one free app of the day, the Appstore multiplied that by forty, got the total savings over a Franklin and Hamilton combined, and is giving you until Saturday to grab as many as you want. Granted, some of the apps and games were previously offered during one of the store's daily deals, but this is a good opportunity to catch up if you missed them earlier. The offer appears to be available across all countries — I have at least confirmed that it's live in the US, Canada, the UK, France, and Australia.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon Is Giving Away 27 Paid Apps For Free, Including Riptide GP2, SketchBook Pro, Swype, And More, Today Only

If there's one thing that Amazon has earned a positive reputation for among Android users, it has got to be the sheer number of paid apps that have been freely passed out as part of the company's numerous promotions. For today only, we've got another great giveaway to add to the online retailer's extensive history. There are 27 paid apps available at no cost to users in the US, and there's no reason you shouldn't have already started claiming them! By my calculation, the total retail price of these apps comes out to a whopping $173.20.

Note: This appears to be available in multiple countries (at least the US and Portugal -- thanks jm). The same deal was available in Australia yesterday, and it seems to have gone into wide availability today.

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Amazon's Latest Appstore Promotion Offers Over $100 In Paid Apps For Free, Including Sonic All-Stars Racing, WiFi File Explorer, And Instapaper

The Amazon Appstore is slowly expanding to become a notable addition to the Android landscape, and though the Fire Phone isn't getting much love from reviewers, it's certainly giving Amazon a reason to boost the Appstore's profile. The latest promotion makes 30 paid apps free, over a $100 value. While not all of them are must-haves, more than a few deserve your attention. This time around the focus is more on tools than games, but there should be at least one entry for everyone.

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Here are our free picks for the US version of the Appstore:

International readers, you can get almost the same list of apps (minus To-Fu Fury, which is a Fire Phone exclusive) at some localized versions of the Amazon Appstore.

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[Deal Alert] The Amazon Appstore Has Over $100 In Paid Apps For Free Today, Including Plex, Sonic 2, Root Explorer, Splashtop, And More

Amazon's Android Appstore always has at least one paid app featured for free every day, but for whatever reason, they've decided to make a whopping 31 apps free right now. Taken together they're worth over $100 USD. Most of them are barely notable, but there are some worthy games and apps in there as well. Plex, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, The Room Two, AccuWeather, Root Explorer, Ravensword, Dungeon Village, and Splashtop are all worth it even at the paid price. Pick 'em up now, while the price is nothing.

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Most or all of the apps should work on any Android device via the side-loaded Appstore, and of course, all of them will work just fine on Kindle Fire tablets and the upcoming Fire phone.

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