Amazon's Appstore may have been a scrappy upstart when it first debuted in 2011, but tight integration with Amazon's services, pride of place in the Kindle family of Android devices, and promotions such as Amazon Underground have won the Amazon Appstore a loyal following. In fact, the number of apps has ballooned to more than 400,000. With Amazon's devices being so popular and with the announcement of new models of the Fire tablets, it's time to take a look at some of the best Android apps available in the Amazon Appstore today.
Part of Amazon's push into the mobile gaming field, Tales From Deep Space is a puzzler that puts you in control of traveling salesman E and the luggage drone CASI as they get caught up in a revolution on the Big Moon space station. Players will have to take advantage of each character's special abilities, such as E's ability to crawl through pipes and CASI's mobility, as well as nifty mechanics like anti-gravity globes in order to solve puzzles, evade or defeat enemies and get to the heart of the secrets of Big Moon.
Feedly is one of our favorite mobile and desktop news reading tools, and the mobile app manages to merge the best of multiple interfaces, with a text-only list view for quick browsing through your news feed, and flashier magazine and card-style layouts for a more visual approach. Users can sign up for topical updates from a variety of websites and blogs, or add custom subscriptions from sources like RSS. Articles can be saved in the app (or through Pocket) for offline viewing and shared through a variety of other apps.
Piriform's CCleaner is one of the best PC maintenance tools for Windows machines, and now, it's also gone mobile with an Android app that's the perfect tool to help you clean the crap out of your smartphone's system. Like its desktop sibling, CCleaner for Android is a multipurpose cleaning tool that can clean out your application cache, download folders, browser history and other temporary files. Optionally, you can clean your call and SMS log; selectively or in bulk. In addition to its fast, ad-free cleaning experience, CCleaner also comes with an app manager, CPU, RAM and storage meters, as well as battery and temperature tools.
The mobile version of the popular desktop tool, Foxit Mobile PDF is a solid dedicated PDF reader app for your mobile needs. On the display end, Foxit handles normal and password protected PDFs, with support for document and user bookmarks. Annotation options let you highlight, underline or strike through text. You also can add sticky notes text boxes, or even draw freehand on the document. Text reflow allows you to read comfortably even on a small smartphone screen. Cloud support lets you upload and download PDFs from popular storage providers. Password and certification protection are available as in-app purchases.
ES File Explorer is one of the most popular file managers available to Android users, and rightly so, as it provides a wealth of features for file management. The app covers the file management basics with an explorer window for copy, paste, delete and move operations; a sidebar for accessing your favorite folders; local storage locations; media galleries; a light media player; and an archive creator. Additionally, it can serve as a cloud storage client for services like Dropbox and Google Drive, and it also supports FTP and LAN Samba, as well as app management.
Premium subscribers to the excellent LastPass password management service really should have the mobile app on every tablet and smartphone they own. It's just that useful. The LastPass Android app available on the Amazon App Store includes a secure, encrypted password vault that is automatically synced across all your devices, while also storing secure notes and including a password generator. The most important component is a built-in browser with a form-fill feature that automatically types in your login credentials to sites.
Spotify has become synonymous with online streaming music, thanks to its familiar UI, Facebook integration and massive song library of more than 20 million tracks. Mobile and tablet users can choose to listen to music from any of the artists, albums and playlists in Spotify's massive library, and premium users can enjoy an ad-free experience and the ability to download music for offline listening.
Facebook is a ubiquitous presence in today's social media world, and the Facebook mobile app keeps you in touch with your family, friends, contacts and groups. The Facebook mobile app compresses much of the website's functionality into a mobile package, allowing users to post and share status updates and photos, view notifications and keep updated on their news feed. One caveat? Facebook split off the messaging features into a separate app, Facebook Messenger, so if you want the full experience, you'll want to install Messenger as well (which also includes texting, voice messaging and call functions).
Evernote is one of the premier, cross-platform note-taking services, allowing users take and upload notes, pictures, audio and video snippets and organize them into cloud notebooks that can be synced across different devices. Loaded with powerful organization, formatting and sharing options, Evernote is still king even with the rise of competitors such as Catch Notes and Google Keep. The free version lets users upload 60MB worth of content monthly, with paid accounts allowing more options.
WPS Office is the latest incarnation of Kingsoft's mobile office apps, providing users with the ability to open, read and edit a wide variety of office file documents, from slideshows, documents, spreadsheets and PDF files. Extra tools include collaboration features for change tracking, file sharing and the ability to save and open files from a variety of cloud services.
Trello is a highly customizable digital bulletin board that you can use to set up anything from to do lists, tasks, notes and more. Users create "lists", which are dynamic containers that can be filled with "cards." These can be anything from tasks, notes, ideas, pictures and more, that users can then drag and drop up and down the line, or move to other lists. All of this can be shared with other users, with provisions for creating new cards, adding comments, and assigning tasks. Trello's neutral design makes it flexible enough to be used for a variety of organizational tasks, whether you're coordinating a team, keeping track of your personal projects or just creating your own idea board.
Autodesk Sketchbook is a mobile art app that comes with a variety of drawing tools and brushes, all of which you can customize on the fly, pinch to zoom, a gallery organizer and support for saving and storing your works to Dropbox. In addition, users can create a free Sketchbook account to gain access to more features such as layer and symmetry tools. A premium subscription unlocks more pro tools such as an expanded brush library, and more powerful layer and selection tools, all of which carry over between iOS and Android.
Pepperplate is a neat cloud recipe book and assistant for home cooks and serious chefs alike. Users can manually enter their favorite recipes or import them from their favorite websites, with the app able to generate shopping lists and synch them across devices. Pepperplate makes meal planning a cinch, allowing users to combine multiple recipes to create a custom menu for regular meals or special events, as well as plan out meals on a calendar. It even helps out in the kitchen, with multiple timers to help you juggle multiple dishes cooked simultaneously, with a cook mode to keep the screen from dimming or sleeping.
Pocket is a great offline reading tool that allows you to select and save articles, pictures and videos for later viewing. Its trimmed down, cleaner format means you can enjoy content without a lot of the side clutter. Tagging, cross-device and platform syncing and many other features make this a total electronic device experience rather than just locking you to a particular device, computer or browser.
A pioneer in consumer cloud storage services, Dropbox allows you to upload your photos, videos and documents to your cloud storage folders, which you can share with friends, family and colleagues. Data can also sync to your computers and mobile devices. With Dropbox, you'll never leave be away from your most important documents and memories.
Contacts+ is an address book replacement that helps organize your contacts and integrates with your social media accounts and communications. The app automatically imports information from linked social networks such as Facebook, Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn contacts, allowing you to access them all in one place. Cover pictures can automatically be filled in from Facebook or Google+, and you can view your recent communications from each contact. This means you can keep conversation histories for your friends, family and colleagues.
The Comics app by Comixology is a great starting place for a mobile digital comics collection, as the app serves as an all-in-one digital marketplace and comics viewer. Featuring content from major comics publishers such as Marvel, DC and more, Comics lets you purchase and read your favorite titles and sync your content across multiple devices. Guided View features assist readers on a mobile screen. The downside is that it's a closed marketplace. You can purchase and read content, but you can't import an existing comic collection.
A streaming media juggernaut, the free Netflix app allows subscribers to log in and enjoy unlimited access to Netflix's vast library of movies and TV shows on the go with their mobile device. Powerful search tools let you easily work through a treasure trove of film and television, while a user rating system allows the app to tailor its recommendations to your viewing taste.
NBA 2K15 delivers the goods when it comes to graphics and on-the-court gameplay, including a solid Career mode that allows players to climb through the ranks into basketball super-stardom. While early versions of the game lacked major features, updates have added game modes that fans have clamored for, such as Season and Blacktop modes. Amazon has a lock on NBA 2K15 for Android devices at the moment, so if you're a basketball fan looking for an Android gaming fix, then Amazon's App Store is the place to get it.
Reattach the Electronic Grabber, activate the Multi-Spoon and set the Contaminant Hypnothruster to 3. Spaceteam is a cooperative party game of science fiction technobabble, in which you play the role of starship bridge crew racing to avoid disaster. Every game features chaos, confusion, teamwork and a whole lot of shouting. Each player's screen is composed of an instrument panel of buttons, switches and sliders; as impending doom races towards the ship, players have to execute timed tasks, barking out instructions to other players while also paying attention to their own screen. Conveniently, this party game supports cross-platform multiplayer between Android and iOS players. How many missions can you accomplish before your untimely demise?
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