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 a variety of sales and a daily free app have won Amazon Appstore a loyal following. In fact, the number of apps has ballooned to more than 293,000. With Amazon's devices being so popular and with the continued release of Fire HD and Fire HDX tablets, it's time to take a look at some of the best Android apps available in the Amazon Appstore today.
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.
Given how Amazon devices are great at the reader experience, you might want to check out Goodreads, a social network geared toward bookworms. Bibliophiles connect here to review, rant or rave about books from every genre of fiction and non-fiction. In addition to being a vibrant discussion hub for bestsellers, classic works and everything else in between, Goodreads also includes a book discovery feature that allows readers to discover works that might appeal to them based on their own ratings, reviews and favorite books.
Flipboard is a neat, news aggregation and curator program that takes material you like to read, such as blogs, websites, your social media news feeds, and into a sleek, magazine-like format. The app allows you to view all the material that's important to you in one neat package. It strips away extraneous content and formatting fluff, leaving you with big images and a magazine-like feel that's easy on the eyes and is a pleasure to read.
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.
Malicious programmers are increasingly targeting Android devices with viruses and malware. BitDefender Antivirus Free provides a high-strength, low performance impact solution for your antivirus needs, using BitDefender's Mobile Security engine and cloud resources to scan and keep your device safe without undue performance or battery drain. The app's simple Autopilot install scanner checks app installations for suspicious activity and quickly blocks them. A premium subscription unlocks further features such as real-time website scanning and anti-theft features.
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. The caveat? Well, besides Career mode, all you're getting is a Quick Play mode for playing any two teams against each other, with Season and Blacktop modes still missing. 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?
Telltale Games continues the story of their hit adventure game in "The Walking Dead Season 2," based on Robert Kirkman's zombie apocalypse graphic novels. Players take the role of Clementine from Season 1 as she is cast adrift in a world overrun by the shambling undead. Hard choices await you as you try to stay alive in a shattered world and the real monsters around you: other survivors. The first chapter is available for free, with other chapters as in-app purchases.
Gameloft's "GT Racing 2" is a full on broadside against Real Racing's dominance in the realistic driving simulator field. Billed as "The Real Car Experience", "GT Racing 2" features more than 60 licensed cars that you can race on 13 tracks. Players can try game modes such as Duels, Knockouts and Overtakes, or participate in classic races across more than a thousand different events, or even try your luck in multiplayer races. Numerous camera modes and a built-in screenshot function let you enjoy the slick graphics and weather effects.