dealsamazon matches google play apps price for $0.25

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Nice idea Amazon... if you're going to buy the apps though, I highly recommend buying straight from the Google Play store instead. Amazon apps require the Amazon App market to be installed and you have to be signed in. I've had problems in the past using apps from Amazon's market when it wouldn't recognize that I was signed in.

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@roeszler: Do you know if Google Play apps carry over phone to phone? That's what I like about Amazon apps myself, but I don't know if they for Play.

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@sutcliffe: I know that I was able to re-install purchased apps when I got a new phone back in March. I can also confirm, at least for the Cat In The Hat app in this deal, that I was able to use it on my phone and on my tablet with only a single purchase. However, I must add I use the same account for the Amazon AppStore on both my phone, my tablet, and my wife's phone and am able to install stuff to both devices. Not sure if I could do that with the Google Play store.

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The Asphalt 7 game is the Kindle Tablet version, so good to buy through Amazon if you have a Fire or plan on getting one soon. (yay!) However, Angry Birds in Space is not the Fire version and is not compatible with the tablet, that version is still $3, so boo. :(

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@sutcliffe: Paid apps yes. Free apps no. Google Play store does not keep track of any free apps you download. So you must remember which ones you had, search for them, and re-download them individually. Whereas, Amazon keeps a record of everything you've downloaded under your profile.

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@firebirdude: I disagree (I think). I Put cm7 on my tablet and when I go to google play I see the apps I had installed on it. I put CM9 on and I have a new tab (because it thinks it is a different device) I also have a 'other apps in my library. As long as I keep using the same account it keeps track.

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I would buy half of these if I could check out with all of them at once. For whatever reason, I have an aversion to 6 $.25 transactions right in a row on my card.

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ugh stay far away from apps from Amazon. They are CONSISTENTLY 1 or 2 releases behind the Google Play store. I was using the amazon appstore for a while to get the FAOTD until they stopped putting decent apps on there. I have games that I have been waiting months to get an update to the current (or at least 1 release prior) version.

I finally decided to uninstall from Amazon, purchase from Play, restore my game data using Titanium Backup. Now I have kept my prior game data but can now receive timely updates for my apps.

Amazon REALLY needs to step up their game to catch and keep up with the Play Store

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@firebirdude: @caffeine_dude: Google Play absolutely keeps track of the free apps as well. I can see every app, paid and free, I ever downloaded from Play and Market from two years ago.

I learned my lesson back when the 'free app of the day' was actually a good app (lol). The Amazon Market's apps are consistently out of date with the newest releases as compared with Google Play. The bad part about getting free apps from the Amazon Market is that you will ALWAYS need to keep the Amazon Market installed. Not sure if this is true with paid apps as I have never bought an app from the AM. If I remove the Amazon Market, my free apps from Amazon won't work. I don't want the AM there taking up my precious memory, even though I'm sure it doesn't eat much, it's still too much.... running in the background... taunting me....

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If you're concerned about free-app backup or whatnot, just get appbrain and sync it every now and then. It'll keep a list of all your apps, payed or not, and when you get a new phone (or you reset your phone) you can just download app-brain, and re-install everything in one huge batch.

The other thing I love about appbrain? when you're using it to update your apps, you can chose "skip this update," and it won't show up again until that app gets updated again. This is great for skipping all those useless updates that just get the app ready for tablets or an android version you don't have.

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(don't hate me for saying this!) Hey, they do give out a decent app every few weeks - but you have to watch every single day to make sure you don't miss the decent one. I've been impressed with one or two since I got my tablet last May...

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@sutcliffe: Yes, as long as you use the same Google account, they carry over just fine. Very rarely have I come across an app that didn't work on something, and that was my vanilla Droid which I expected. :)

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@firebirdude: Not true - they track free apps the same as paid, otherwise my apps list wouldn't be 20+ pages on the Google Play site.

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I don't see the Angry Birds Space for Kindle Fire version at a reduce price. Does anyone know if I have to do something different to get it?

EDIT: Sorry, I just noticed someone already mentioned this. I would still be interested in a workaround if someone knows.

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@fredwallace18: I believe Google Play and Amazon both charge them the same way. I guess you can just wait until the price goes back up and buy them then.

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Amazon is adding in a new batch of apps. They are matching Google's discount apps.

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@sutcliffe: Yes. Google Play Store apps transfer from phone to phone. They are tied to your google account, not your device. If you have several devices all logged into the same google account, you can install the google play apps on each of those devices without a problem. If you do change devices, google will remember your purchases and you can re-download them for free on the new device.

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Google Play does MORE than track and make Apps available on all devices. I get all different Android tablets almost every day and need to register some with Google to check the functions. I ask for Google to keep it synced during the registration process. Any bundled Apps with the device are then part of the list of Apps I own and can be added to any other device. This is true of Apps that I get from Amazon also. It syncs with the owned Google Apps I have and can be moved to another device through Google instead of Amazon.

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@firebirdude: it does keep track of them on the website, if you change roms or devices though, the ID that google uses to remember what you had doesn't carry over so the automatic download of free (and paid) apps is very hit or miss on android in general.

if you have a fire it's a no brainer, especially if you haven't hacked on the play store to the fire or fire HD yet, since they will show the nicer icons on the HD if they're from the amazon store

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That Asphalt 7 game is 1.7GB!!!! Jeeez......

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@souka: Yep, but I downloaded it yesterday and it's actually REALLY good.

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If you hack your Kindle Fire (either to enable sideloading or install a stock Android rom) you can install the regular Angry Birds Space on it and it will work fine. There's no real difference in the KF and standard versions except that the KF maybe has been tested to work on that specific tablet and usually falls behind the update schedule.

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Are there only 10 apps available in this amazon sale?

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@roeszler: Oh, there's a way to uninstall the google play store? Or does that need to always be running?

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They're also matching the prices on the books, just got "Essays in Humanism" for $.99

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I'm just going to stick with my setup... Apps from Google, Music from Amazon. Amazon has the better music selection and a wider variety of deals. Google gives you apps that are always the latest version, update easier, and they also have a better selection.

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I know Amazon's versions of apps are consistently behind by 1-2 releases, but there is a trade-off. For me, I share that account with my wife and my son, so whenever I buy something, I always try to get it from amazon first in order to avoid multiple repurchases.