Amazon’s Android app store lets you try apps using a Flash emulator

I don’t like the fact that there are now many different app stores out there for Android, all with some unique apps that you can’t get anywhere else. It defeats some of the purpose of having an app store as it adds a level of confusion and having to send more time looking for an app than if you have it all in one place. That being said, Amazon’s new app store has some nice features, including the ability to “test drive” apps using an emulator. Obviously you’re somewhat limited in what you can do in the emulator, but it gives you a nice overview of the app.

You have to access the app store from the US to be able to test it out for yourself though, which is disappointing. I circumvented this by using my iPad and the iSwifter app which not only lets you view Flash but does so by means of a US based virtual computer. The video above is from using the app, so lag is due to the delay between here and the US server etc. Anyways, it’s a nifty feature Amazon has there- definitely better than just looking at screenshots.

[via Engadget]

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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.

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4 thoughts on “Amazon’s Android app store lets you try apps using a Flash emulator

  • That’s a pretty good idea. I’d like to see this more widely adopted, as you say, much better than screenshots.

    And +1 to “sucks for being US-only”, I hate that and I find it quite rude. :)

    • Personally I love the irony taht “occured” in making that video. I see the Apple ad in my head: Running Flash-only Android emulators from IP-blocked countries? There’s an app for that

      • Heh :)

        By the way, did you check out Netflix or some movie streaming service using iSwifter? Is it worth using?

        • I don’t think so… Technically that’s illegal and if you’re breaking the laws anyways you might as well do it in easier ways


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