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Amazon Instant Video Now Available On Android 77

briancox2 writes Amazon has avoided releasing the Amazon Instant Video app that is on Fire and Kindle to the general Android market, even though the app has been available for some time on iOS. Now, after a workaround had allowed some users to install the app on Android by fiddling with permissions, Amazon has released the app to many devices calling it "Amazon Instant Video for Google TV". It's not clear yet which devices can run this app. Currently it is not available for older Samsung Galaxy lines, however the Nexus, a major competitor of Amazon's devices, can run the new app.
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Amazon Instant Video Now Available On Android

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  • Rather cumbersome (Score:5, Interesting)

    by mackil ( 668039 ) <movie@moviesound c l i p s .net> on Wednesday September 10, 2014 @05:13PM (#47875955) Homepage Journal
    It's rather cumbersome, but it works. You can't install it straight from Google Play. You have to install the Amazon app and install it inside of that. They make you change the "unknown store" security setting in order to do it. Curious strategy on Amazon's part.

    Now if only they would add ChromeCast support... I know, we customers are never happy.
    • Thanks for posting this. The app mentioned in the summary is a completely different one and I was left thinking someone had confused the Google TV app - which has been out for a long time - with the rumors Amazon was about to release a general Amazon instant video app.

      Of course, now I've installed the real one, I can't actually get it to play anything (error of "Unknown error" every time I try to play anything) but at least I found the right app.

      Given the name, "Prime Video", I'm wondering if the app i

  • by WiiVault ( 1039946 ) on Wednesday September 10, 2014 @05:21PM (#47876013)
    I'm willing to bet they felt forced to do this in part thanks to the colossal failure of the Fire Phone. If estimates are accurate they have sold slightly under 50,000 units since launch which is abysmal. I think had the phone been a hit they would have maintained their strategy of keeping it off non Kindle Android. As a tablet owner I'm really glad the phone flopped if this is indeed the case.
  • Hate Amazon for this (Score:4, Informative)

    by linuxguy ( 98493 ) on Wednesday September 10, 2014 @05:37PM (#47876143) Homepage

    I generally like Amazon. I am a Prime subscriber and I am supposed to be able to watch their Prime videos as well. However we're an Android family and do not have any iOS or Amazon devices. I have tried them, but I did not like them.

    Netflix supports Android devices well. And I like them for it. Amazon is pulling these shenanigans in order to prop up support for their mostly uninteresting platform. Android has the largest market share and my family has 4 Android tablets and 4 Android phones. None of these devices can play Amazon instant video. Damn you Amazon!

    • by tepples ( 727027 )
      When you get home from work this evening, could you see how many of your eight devices this new app works on?
      • by Rich0 ( 548339 )

        It doesn't work on my Nexus 10 (amazon for tablets app doesn't support it, regular amazon app isn't supported). It works fine on my Oneplus One.

        I suspect that if I hack things to bypass the store device compatibility list it would work, but I haven't tried that yet.

    • I generally like Amazon. I am a Prime subscriber and I am supposed to be able to watch their Prime videos as well. However we're an Android family and do not have any iOS or Amazon devices. I have tried them, but I did not like them.

      Netflix supports Android devices well. And I like them for it. Amazon is pulling these shenanigans in order to prop up support for their mostly uninteresting platform. Android has the largest market share and my family has 4 Android tablets and 4 Android phones. None of these devices can play Amazon instant video. Damn you Amazon!

      My wife has an Prime account, and we basically don't use it for Video's because its too damn confusing what you can watch for free, what's up for rent, or purchases. I really wish they made it so that Prime members could just WATCH a video regardless, with rent being for non-prime, and purchases being an optional thing in addition. Then we might actually use the Prime Video; but as it stands now it's useless.

      • by Wolfrider ( 856 )

        --I agree with you there. Having Prime is really good, but adding a streaming video to your Q on amazon and then getting "Please go to amazon.com to pay more $$ for this movie" when you try to watch it, is bogus. Netflix is much more straightforward - and has a better video library, for the most part.

        --The only movie I've actually paid the extra $2 for was "The Raven" with Vincent Price, because it was rare and I hadn't watched it for decades. Everything else I just look for on Netflix and add it there if t

  • My Moto G LTE, Nexus 7 and HP Slate HD 7 are all unsupported. Why is it even possible for them to choose what devices the .apk can be downloaded to? Why does Google allow that ridiculous amount of granular control? Why did we give up so much control? for MOVIES????/ seriously?
    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Well I somehow managed to install it on my old Transformer Prime TF101, and it works "fine" with hdmi video out to a 1080p monitor... by "fine" I've had a bit of buffering but I'm guessing that's just because it's new and they're getting hammered.

      The shenanigans were dreadful, I had to install multiple amazon stores for the tablet, then the amazon app store, then the prime instant video player from the amazon app store, then it worked... amazon says android phones only, but the tablet works. *shrug*...

      At la

    • It's not something we could stop. I think the apk checks the devices and decides to install or not.

    • Netflix ran into the same issue with their app for Android. If their explanation is correct, then you can blame Hollywood. Supposedly the studios require a separate validation and certification on every different hardware platform. They want verification that the video stream has been tested to be secured via encryption so that it cannot be captured. Otherwise they withhold copyright permission to stream to that app. So the app producers have to create a whitelist of which hardware devices have been te
    • by Rich0 ( 548339 )

      It doesn't work on my Nexus 10 either. It works just fine on my Oneplus One. I can't imagine they'd have bothering to whitelist the OPO, so I'm not sure what the logic is.

  • by John Pfeiffer ( 454131 ) on Wednesday September 10, 2014 @06:27PM (#47876409) Homepage

    I've got five Android 4.x devices that run Netflix and Hulu and everything just fine, and Amazon STILL won't let me install their fucking app on ANY OF THEM. So much for 'releasing' it.

    Paying for Prime and possibly buying videos apparently isn't enough. If I want to watch Amazon Instant Video on something other than a computer, I have to buy their overpriced gimped non-standard Android tablet?! (Or even worse, an iOS device!)

    Last time I was this pissed at them, it was when they suddenly removed THE ENTIRETY of "How It's Made" from the stuff Prime members could watch for free, not long after I'd deleted all my HDTV caps of it off my network drive to save space.

    • I've got five Android 4.x devices that run Netflix and Hulu and everything just fine, and Amazon STILL won't let me install their fucking app on ANY OF THEM. So much for 'releasing' it.

      time to do some hacking. you can diddle your uh, shit, this post would be a lot cooler if I could remember what the file was called... [googling] ah yes, /system/build.prop. There are various build.prop editors, and you can actually change your phone model there.

      There might even be an Xposed module which will let you lie to apps about what kind of device they're running on, but I haven't looked into that at all. Just musing.

    • It's a weird install.

      I installed the Amazon app store, then the Amazon app from there.

      The app now has a section for videos. When you pick one, it installs the plug in for you

  • Works fine, and I have a decently powered Virgin Mobile Awe (4.4 Cyanogen, 2nd core enabled). HD stutters a bit, but that it works at all (unlike others who can't get it working on their top of the line phones) is amazing.
  • Apparently stock Moto X and Moto G are not supported.
  • by xigxag ( 167441 ) on Thursday September 11, 2014 @12:36AM (#47877913)

    On my Note Pro:

    1) I had to have the (orange) Amazon "apps" Appstore app.
    2) From within that app, I had to download and install the Amazon App. The one that has the blue shopping cart. Couldn't use the Amazon App available in Google Play, it seemingly installed the video app, but in the end, none of the videos were available on my device.
    3) From within the Amazon App, I had to download and install the Amazon Instant Video Player App.

    Got it? The Instant Video Player App inside the Amazon App inside the Appstore app. Dead simple.

  • Since neither the submitter nor the editors couldn't be bothered to provide a link to the app in the play store (let's face it, that would be too useful), here it is:

    https://play.google.com/store/... [google.com]

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