Amazon has finally made its Prime Instant Video app available to all Android devices that have access to the main Amazon app. Finally. (Unfortunately, there is no Chromecast support yet.)
This comes as Amazon’s main shopping app for Android has been updated to version 5.0, which allows users to access Amazon’s entire digital catalog from a single app interface, meaning that users can not only browse Instant Video content, but also shop for and install apps from Amazon’s Appstore. This, in effect, makes the Amazon Appstore obsolete.
Here is the complete changelog from the Play Store:
- Prime members in the US can enjoy unlimited Prime Instant Video from within the Amazon app by downloading the Prime Instant Video player, delivered exclusively via the Amazon Appstore
- The new Amazon App for Android phones now enables US customers to discover and purchase all of Amazon’s digital catalog, in addition to an award-winning mobile shopping experience on hundreds of millions of physical goods
- 5GB of free photo back-up with Amazon Cloud Drive
When I uninstalled my copy of the Amazon Appstore, I got a message from the Amazon app that some of the apps I have installed require the Appstore for full compatibility. I ran a few of the apps I’ve obtained from Amazon with no issues at all, but your mileage may vary.
Right now, it’s unclear whether Amazon’s tablet app will get the same update, although I’m fairly certain it will.
It will be interesting to see what kind of reaction Google has – the search giant from Mountain View generally doesn’t take too kindly to third party apps from the Play Store distributing apps of their own, but since Amazon is such a giant, Google will probably have to tread lightly.[Droid Life]